Don’t give up your day job: preparing creative writing graduates for lifelong careers

Chair: Steve May, Bath Spa University


Randall Albers, Columbia College Chicago

Paul Hetherington, University of Canberra

Jen Webb, University of Canberra

With the massification of higher education, the alignment between course curricula and career prospects is of growing significance, particularly for creative arts degrees that have no direct career path. Each panel member has experience in devising curriculum designed to provide technical, creative and professional skills. They explain how they give their students the best chance of shaping their futures as creative writers who are able to make a living.

Randall Albers, Professor/Chair Emeritus, Columbia College Chicago, chaired the Fiction Writing program, where pedagogical, curricular, and extra-curricular initiatives enabled students to develop the skills necessary for employment and publishing.

Paul Hetherington is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra, Head of IPSI, and founding editor of Axon: Creative Explorations. He has published ten collections of poetry and won the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award.

Steve May is Provost of the College of Liberal Arts at Bath Spa University. In 2008 he co-authored the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) Creative Writing subject benchmark, and co-chaired the QAA Benchmarking panel for Creative Writing. Steve is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and a Fellow of the English Association.

Jen Webb is Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice at the University of Canberra, and Director of the CCCR. Recent work includes Researching Creative Writing (Frontinus, 2015), Art and Human Rights: Contemporary Asian Contexts (with Caroline Turner; Manchester UP, 2016), and poetry volumes Watching the World (with Paul Hetherington; Blemish Books, 2015) and Stolen Stories, Borrowed Lines (Mark Time, 2015).

Thursday 6th July, 11.00