The Graduate Students in English Association of the University of North Texas will be hosting a creative writing conference on April 1-2, 2011. With the increasing prevalence of cross-genre and hybrid forms of literature, the creative writer is faced with a new set of questions that need to be addressed. We are defining genre in its most basic sense: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, but are eager to see papers that push the boundaries of these categories. We seek to explore how this new perspective produces multi-faceted creative forms and raises new questions of craft. How does cross-pollination create a need for a new understanding of genre? How does multi-genre work repackage fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in new and interesting ways? What effect does the integration of the creative process into the academy have on our understanding of how genre works? How do we teach across genres? What pedagogical concerns are raised by the hybridization of genre? A New Breed: Cross-Genre Approaches to Creative Writing Theory, Pedagogy, and Craft seeks to explore these issues through presentations, readings, panels, and break-out sessions designed to facilitate discussion among the various camps of creative writing in order to draw attention to the blurring of traditional lines and how it will shape our careers.
We invite participants to present papers and break-out sessions focused on cross-genre creative and critical projects. There will be readings and a public interview featuring visiting writers.
We seek critical presentations of approximately 20 minutes from scholars of diverse interests and backgrounds. Possible presentation topics include (but are not limited to): historical perspectives on genre; genre across cultures; genre in the classroom; new avenues of literary publication; the performance of mixed-genre literature; the lyric short story; prose poetry; the nonfiction story/narrative essay; memoir; short-story cycles or sequences; cognitive approaches to literature; narratology; poetics; aesthetics; creative writing pedagogy.
We seek proposals for hands-on, small-group discussions and/or exercises of approximately 45 minutes. For example, a session called “The Lyric Novel” might open with the leader’s introduction to the topic, move to an examination of an exemplary text (for example Carole Maso’s Ava), and end with a short strategic exercise. Possible session foci include (but are not limited to): how form dictates meaning; how working across genres impacts style and substance; the nature of truth in memoir; narrative voice; structuring cross-genre works; deconstructing genres; facilitating experimentation in the creative writing classroom; pitching cross-genre texts for publication.
To participate in either category, or both, submit a proposal of no more than 300 words to Hillary Stringer firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2011. Please include your name and affiliation. Feel free to propose entire panels or break-out sessions as a team.
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