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Literary Communities: writers' practices and networks
Faculty of Creative Arts - Papers (Archive)
  • Catherine Cole, University of Wollongong
  • Anitra Nelson, RMIT University
RIS ID
40714
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Publication Details

Cole, C. Nelson, A. "Literary Communities: writers' practices and networks." Strange Bedfellows or Prefect Partners Papers: Refereed Conference Papers of the 15th Annual AAWP Conference. Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2010. 1-10.

Abstract

This paper discusses a new direction for research on creative writing: exploring the formative contexts within which writers develop, receive recognition and are celebrated, our approach centres on literary networks and activities that characterize well-recognised literary communities. By studying the UNESCO Cities of Literature network, our research aims to identify and analyse key formative experiences for contemporary creative writers, although in this paper we simply refer to one of those cities — Melbourne. We hypothesize that the notion of a ‘community of practice’ has potential to be a constructive way to interrogate writers’ practices within literary communities to inform arts policy making and university creative writing programs. In this discussion we try to show how our approach promises to deliver a variety of findings, such as showing the practical links between creative writing and literary studies, as well as between creative writing processes and products.

Citation Information
Catherine Cole and Anitra Nelson. "Literary Communities: writers' practices and networks" (2010) p. 1 - 10
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/catherine_cole/23/