UPDATE: Writing Macao: Teaching, Creative Writing, Non-Native Contexts (10/30/04; journal issue)

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Writing Macao:
creative text and teaching

New Deadline for Second Number:
Submissions are now sought for the second number of Writing Macao:creative
text and teaching, to appear in November of 2004. Contributions are
particularly sought in the area of theory and practice relating to the
teaching of creative writing in English in non-native contexts. The
deadline for papers is extended to the end of October, 2004. Submissions of
creative work will also now be accepted.

(Can contributors please note that due to a computer failure a number of
submissions were lost over the summer [or winter for those in the southern
hemisphere]. Apologies to those concerned. We would be grateful if anyone
who has submitted since June and not received a response could send again.)

Writing Macao is a publication sponsored by the English Department at the
University of Macau.
Writing Macao publishes creative writing and theoretical work related to
the teaching of creative writing in English in non-native contexts.
Writing Macao is a peer-reviewed on-line international English language
journal appearing annually.

Creative work published in Writing Macao gives preference to work in any
imaginative genre (or cross-genre) focused on or dealing with:
- the situation and experience of non-natives in English
- the post-colonial situation and experience
- hybrid and intercultural experiences and situations in general
- meetings of Asian and European cultures and languages
- orientalisms and related issues of identity and alterity
- inter-cultural, inter-textual and inter-disciplinary discourses
- translation as creative process, styles and degrees of translation
- the East Asian and Asian Pacific situation and experience
- South China, Cantonese culture and Macao in particular
Writing Macao’s working definition of creative writing includes poetry,
prose fiction, drama, creative non-fiction, ficto-criticism, literary
translation and various hybrids of these.
Writing Macao is interested in publishing stories that represent other
local contexts and is interested in developing partnerships â€"
institutional or individual â€" along those lines.
Writing Macao also aims to publish the work of visual artists relevant to
its general creative agenda.

Theoretical work published in Writing Macao covers a wide range of
disciplines and topics, including scholarly writing and the results of
research relating to:
- all of the creative writing focuses listed above
- various interdisciplinary approaches to these and related issues
- the role of the creative arts in the teaching of non-native learners
generally and at the university level in particular.
In particular Writing Macao offers a venue for the publication of scholarly
work concerning the teaching of creative writing
- relevant to foreign and second language contexts for the learning of
- in East Asia and the Asia Pacific regions
- and as this concerns the intercultural, post-colonial and/or
neo-colonial situation.
Material published includes writing directly and indirectly related to
teaching methods, classroom practices, curriculum and syllabus issues,
together with practical plans and ideas for teaching and self-access
strategies. It includes reviews of relevant publications.
Writing Macao will publish on issues in the philosophy of education and in
the broad field of ‘theory’ as these are relevant to the situation of
creative writing pedagogies in a non-native setting.
The broad compass of the journal’s theoretical side will be the processes
of learning and teaching and writing as these relate to the non-native’s
imaginative writing product in English.

Writing Macao is not Macao-focused as such but rather takes Macao’s
situation as exemplary of the intercultural, the post-colonial and the
world position of English as a non-native means of creative expression.

To emphasise the process aspect of the journal, for this second issue we
are putting materials up on the web in stages as they come in and while our
call for new materials (papers, stories, poems, pictures) continues. The
call for the second issue is now extended to the end of September 2004. So
there’s still time to contribute and there is much material already

The second issue begins with varied content: with several collections of
stories (historical, animal and others, for children and for adults), with
a number of poetry chapbooks, with the translation of The SARS Story: A
South China Decameron and with a piece about the history of Hawaiian folk
songs. Still to come for the second issue, we are expecting a number of
essays on Chinese and Western cultural comparison. We would welcome more
pieces of a similar nature for the issue and as well more stories and more
poems that deal with a cross cultural and place specific setting. We’d also
like to see more pieces focused on the teaching of creative writing or
other creative practices in places where cultures mix.

Contributors may view Writing Macao at
http://www.sinokru.com.mo/writing-macau/ Note that to view this site
properly it is necessary to use Internet Explorer (or Safari on a
Macintosh) rather than Netscape.

Please send expressions of interest and/or abstracts or complete papers to:
   Dr Christopher Kelen,
   Assistant Professor,
   English Department,
   Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,
   University of Macau, P.O. Box 3001
   Taipa, Macao S.A.R., China

   853 838 312 (fax)
      e-mail: KitKelen_at_umac.mo

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