CFP: Writing Macao: Creative Text and Teaching (4/05; journal issue)

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Writing Macao:
creative text and teaching

Call for Drafts for Third Number:
Submissions are now sought for the third number of Writing Macao:creative
text and teaching, to appear in mid- 2005 and already under construction.
Contributions are particularly sought in the area of theory and practice
relating to the teaching of creative writing in English in non-native
contexts. We welcome as well stories and 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. The deadline for papers is April, 2005.
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 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 third issue of Writing Macao is already under construction.
Centrepiece for this issue is the Stories for Macao book series. The
stories in the series are written in English, by Macao people, almost all
of them students (or former students) of the University of Macau. The
stories in this series have been carefully selected and re-edited from work
already published in draft form. These stories are part of the output of
the ‘Poems and Stories of Macao Research Project’. That project, in the
English Department at the University of Macau, aims to encourage the use of
English for creative expression and to promote Macao culture. The simple
idea behind the project is that reading and writing literature is a
valuable way to improve everyone’s English. Reading and writing literature
about your own place is also an important way of addressing some
fundamental questions about where and how and who you are. Our first set of
three volumes published in this issue contains forty stories and represents
the work of more than fifty authors, all from or living in Macao and most
currently teaching English in Macao schools. These three volumes represent
Books 4,5 and 6 of an envisaged ten volume series, the first three of which
will be aimed at a primary school audience, the last volumes in which will
be aimed at an upper secondary and tertiary audience. Books 4,5 and 6 are
aimed at a junior and senior high school readership. Each book is
accompanied by sets of exercises for use in the classroom and at home.
These exercises are designed to help the learner with grammar, vocabulary
and comprehension. They are also designed to help the reader become a
writer â€" a creative writer â€" of stories about Macao.

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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)

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