Anthony Haynes writes: Thanks to Dr Derek Neale of the Open University (OU) for notifying us of a seminar organised by the OU in collaboration with the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. The details are as follows.
Title: The rise of creative Writing: impacts on the novel
Speakers: Maureen Freely & Andrew Cowan
Blurb: Creative Writing has been taught in British universities for forty years and really took off in the last two decades. There are over a hundred MA courses in the UK, the best of which are a significant training ground for ambitious writers. It is easy to demonstrate that a good writing course can give a talented student a high-speed ride to literary accomplishment. But there has been very little systematic investigation into whether the teaching of Creative Writing has made a traceable impact upon contemporary literary methods and styles. Have creative writing courses changed the nature and styles of what is written and published, of how literature is currently perceived, produced, and consumed? For example, have creative writing courses fuelled the recent resurgence of the short story? In what ways could the relationship between Creative Writing education and literary culture be considered beneficial? In what ways might it be considered restrictive or harmful? How does the British situation compare with the impact of writing programmes in USA or elsewhere?
Time and place: Tuesday 27 March 2012; 17-.30-19.30; University of London (Senate House; Room 261).