Call for Papers


The MFA program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College will host an international conference aimed at bringing into dialogue key figures and debates in the fields of creative writing and critical pedagogy with the hope of establishing frameworks for the development of a critical creative writing pedagogy, i.e., a more committed (emancipatory) teaching praxis within the field of creative writing.

Individual papers, pre-formed panels, workshops, documentary films, and other works-in-progress are invited scholars, educators, writers, artists, and activists on issues related to, but by no means limited by, the following:

• The Emancipation of Creativity

• The Radical Workshop/Radicalization of the Creative Writing Workshop

• Social Action, the Public Sphere, and Alternative Geographies for the Creative Writing Workshop

• Alternative Histories and Critiques of the Academic (MFA) and Community-based Creative Writing Workshops

• Toward a Critical Creative Writing Pedagogy of the Oppressed (cf. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Theatre of the Oppressed, etc.)

• The Creative Writing Workshop and the Prison Industrial Complex

• Democratization, Transparency, and the Creative Writing Workshop

• Creative Writing Teachers as Cultural Workers

• Occupy Creative Writing

Please email proposal abstracts of approximately 300 words to <> by February 1, 2013. Include your name, email address, affiliation, and phone number on your proposal. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by March 15, 2013. We are expecting to publish both a volume of selected scholarly papers and a supplemental volume of creative writing from this conference. Panelists will asked to submit their revised papers by August 31, 2013 for consideration in both volumes.


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