Writing Communities: People as Place

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Writing Communities: People as Place

Falmouth University PG/ECR Conference July 29th – 30th 2014 (£25)

Call for Papers

Researching place often means researching communities. Landscapes are peopled. History has a living voice. Researchers not only work with communities, but also write them—creatively and academically.

This Postgraduate / Early Career Researcher conference invites papers around the pleasures and tensions of writing with/from community engagement. Abstracts from creative writers, artists, historians, geographers and social scientists are particularly welcome, as well as from any PG/ECR whose research involves communities.

Discussions could include:

​​ - Strategies of engagement (however successful)
- The influence of expectation
- Investigations of the lyric ‘I’ in people/place
creative writing
- Selection methods of artists using the words/opinions
of communities in their work
- Concerns over appropriated voices/artistic license
- How non-CW (creative writing) researchers use CW
approaches (poetry, thick description, etc.) in their
- Methods & case studies of successful community
engagement (from all sides) & writing strategies of
final project
- How to ‘give back’ the work to the community &
reactions from the community of work/identification
with it
- Work with online/subcultural communities

These are only suggestions. Any abstracts around the conference theme are welcome.

All delegates will be invited to read some work at the drinks reception on the evening of the 29th. These will be published in an e-chapbook by ChickenBeak Books (Falmouth small poetry press) and made available online.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, with a brief biography, to writingcommunities@outlook.com

to arrive by May 18th 2014.


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