Creative Work and Critical Practice: A Roundtable


Kate Fox, University of Leeds

Kim Moore, Manchester Metropolitan University

Emily Blewitt, CWWA

Writers have always known that creative writing in any genre requires critical thinking.  Nevertheless, ‘Creative-Critical Practice’ are becoming buzzwords in academia: where previously, literary criticism and creative writing were clearly demarcated, in UK universities the borderlines are shifting. Writers are readers, too – and literary critics read through writing. Creative Writing PhD students often are required to produce a critical thesis in which they explain their choices, and position both themselves and their work in terms of critical discourse and literary heritage.  Their supervisors’ novels and collections of poetry, meanwhile, have become REF-able – along with traditional academic articles and monographs.  In a world where notions of engagement, impact, readership, and publication carry cachet and various financial pressures, Higher Education must embrace its writers, and arguably, even institutionalise them.  So what does this mean for writers and literary critics? How might we shape critical-creative – or creative-critical – practice? What exactly is it? How might we use creative practice to expand our critical horizons, and vice versa? What are the opportunities and the pitfalls? This roundtable aims to explore these questions, thereby treating creative work and critical practice as conjoined disciplines which, indeed, have a shared future in Higher Education.

Wednesday 5th July, 5.00