[EXTENSION] Innovations in creative and critical writing: First Fictions (deadline: 30th May, conference: Jan 2012)

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Peter Boxall, University of Sussex
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Festival and Academic Conference
19-22nd January, 2012

We are inviting abstracts for papers for an upcoming conference on innovations in creative and critical writing.

Areas for discussion might include:

Twenty-First Century Fiction
Modernism Postmodernsim and after
Originality and innovation
The graphic novel
Experimentation and new directions in realism
The novel and the academy
The ethics of autobiographical fiction
Literary Prizes and the new author
Publishing, markets and creative innovation
New fiction 'after' theory
New directions in fiction, ethics and politics
Fiction in translation
Reviewing, literary Journalism, and the new author
Early, middle, and late style

Confirmed delegates include:
Kate Mosse, Jackie Kaye, Elleke Bohemer, Michael Prodger, Bryan Cheyette, Scott Pack, Nicholas Royle and Isabel Ashdown.

Supported by Myriad Publishers, and Textual Practice
The conference takes place as part of the First Fictions literary festival, and is a collaborative venture between Sussex University and Myriad Editions, in association with Creative Brighton, and other partners in the creative arts. Conference panels will take place in conjunction with literary events and readings. The event will also include a new fiction competition (winner to be published by Myriad Editions), and a series of creative writing workshops run by new authors. Both conference and festival events will take place in the Pavilion Theatre and the Dome Concert Hall, in the heart of Brighton.

The aim of First Fictions is to explore the production of new thinking, in a range of creative and critical modes. This will involve the reading and discussion of first fictions by new authors, alongside the reflection of established authors on their own early work, and on innovation in fiction more generally.

The discussion and performance of new fiction will take place alongside a series of reflections on the relationship between creative and critical writing, and the role of this relationship in the generation of new creative possibilities.

Please send abstracts of maximum 500 words to Peter Boxall ( P.Boxall@sussex.ac.uk ) not later than 30th May 2011. Papers will be of 30 minutes duration.