Researching Creative Writing by Jen Webb

Title: Researching Creative Writing

Author: Jen Webb is Distinguished Professor, Creative Practice, at the University of Canberra.


Creative writing and academic research can seem uncomfortable bedfellows. But in this learned, practical book, Jen Webb shows how ‘research practices can invigorate writing; creative practices can invigorate research; and – if properly organised and managed – creative writing can operate as a mode of knowledge generation, a way of exploring problems and answering questions that matter in our current context’. Researching creative writing enables writer-researchers to craft a toolkit that will help them produce better creative work and more rigorous research work.

Introduction: What is research?;
Part 1: Designing the research – Chapter 2: Finding a project, Chapter 3: The epistemological preliminaries, Chapter 4: The craft of research;
Part 2: Doing research – Chapter 5: Writing as research, Chapter 6: Research and other people, Chapter 7: Research and the environment;
Part 3: From materials to the published work – Chapter 8: Managing the material, Chapter 9: Writing and telling; Acknowledgements; References; Glossary of key terms; Index.

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Bibliographic information:

Subject: creative writing
Cover image: Ruins and Relics (no. 4) © Rika Newcombe
Cover design: Benn Linfield

Formats and ISBNs:

  • Hardback (2015): 978-1-907076-37-4
  • ePub (2015): 978-1-907076-16-9
  • PDF (2015): 978-1-907076-35-0

Publication Date: June 2015

Extent: 271 pp.

Imprint: Creative Writing Studies

Publisher: Frontinus Ltd (

Key terms: craft of research; creative practice; creative writing; data management; methodology; reflective practice; research; research design; research methods; research writing.

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