What’s Creative Writing Got To Do W/ The Public Good? Let Me know!

Hi Refugees,

After I gave the Storm of History (Parts 1, 2 & 3) presentation this summer, an Aussie professor invited me to contribute a chapter to an international anthology that would track the state of creative writing in a neo-liberal world.

In the chapter, I want to connect the dots between Creative Writing (the act, the study, the field and the consumption) and the Public Good. Can you help to broaden the discussion?

What are you thoughts on the subject?

Here are some questions to get you thinking:

  • What’s the connection between creative writing and the public good?
  • How do post-secondary/university/college creative writing programs contribute to the economy?
  • What is the role of creative writing in a market-based culture?
  • In spite of what people may think, does the emergence of various technologies (Kindle, Nook, etc.) offer more or less access to literature?
  • Is literature, given these technologies, doomed to return to an activity pursued by the few who own (i.e. can afford) e-readers?
  • What role has studying creative writing in a post-secondary setting played in your writing life?

You can comment here or on Open Book Toronto.  You can also visit The Drifts FB page here and leave comments.  Let me know if it’s okay to include a first name and last initial in the final copy of the chapter’s citations.Looking forward to hearing what you’ve got to say…thanks!

~ by Thom on October 14, 2010.

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