Creative Writing Programs in the University

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Midwestern Modern Language Association
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In The Program Era, Mark McGurl has argued the rise of creative writing programs in the university "stands as the the most important event in postwar American literary history" (ix): they have provided writers steady employment, training in their craft, and a buffer from the vagaries of the commercial marketplace. This panel explores the practices and influence of creative writing programs from an institutional perspective. Papers might address questions such as: Do creative writing workshops promote artfulness or artifice in their participants writing? How do creative writing programs discipline students into a body of knowledge or set of practices? Do literary works emerging from creative writing programs bear an imprint of their institutional creation? How have creative writing programs engaged the literary market?

Please send 250-word abstracts by June 14th to Robert Wells Addington,