Workshop: Creative Writing Lab

Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceInvited talk for an academic audience


I organized and led a workshop for PhD students at the Royal College of Art:
Fired Up: Composing in the/for the Kiln
As with any artistic research practice, writing that seeks to do more than report or illustrate or analyse must be fired like a ceramic bowl in a kiln: as the writer places the work in the furnace, the process of firing is one of hope and surrender to the shape the pot longs to take, the colour the glaze determines, the language the writing needs to become itself.
Beginning with a lecture that is an amalgam of several forms of experimental writing as research practice I have created, this morning of talk and workshop will invite participants towards forms of freedom in writing something we call ‘academic.’ Over many years of supervising practice research PhDs in all forms of media and all subjects, I have come to know the intense power of breaking any barrier between that which some people call creative and that which some people call scholarly. While we acquiesce to this false separation, we can never fire the furnace of our imaginations, never discover through imaginative research new modes of thinking and writing and, most urgently in the times we are living in, new modes of changing the world through artistic and pedagogic practice.
Participants should bring, as it were, their bowls of writing, their project ideas and the manifestations of them thus far. We will be working with one another to invent possible modes of writing [in its widest definition] suited to each artist researcher, fired in the kiln of collaborative activity.
Period4 Jul 2019
Held atRoyal College of Art
Degree of RecognitionNational