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Scholarly biography

Craig Jordan-Baker is principally interested in how creative writing articulates itself as a subject of academic study. Despite being an academic subject for well over a century, there is little clarity about what creative writing is for and how it relates to the other humanities and arts subjects. This question is important because behind each conception of creative writing, there are assumptions about creativity, the role of interpretation, the socio-cultural view of the artist and the unity of the arts.

Jordan-Baker has published peer-reviewed research and given many conference papers about these subjects and intends to explore this in depth in a monograph provisionally titled Creative Writing: Imagining, Thinking and Knowing. He is also a peer-reviewer for the journals New Writing: The International Journal of Creative Writing Theory and Practice and Writing in Practice.

Jordan-Baker has a background as dramatist and his puppet adaptation of Beowulf was awarded ACE funding and won IdeasTap Brighton Fringe Award. His short fiction has been published widely in places such as New Writing, Text and Potluckand he holds residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, which relates to work on his first novel, Of Islands. He currently supervises one PhD student in Creative Writing, which relates to the representation of post-traumatic stress disorder in fiction. He is interested in supervising subjects relating to theoretical and disciplinary issues in Creative Writing.


Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising ficto-critical projects that explore the nature and processes of art formation and interdiscplinarity within the arts. Additionally, I am interested in projects that explore the history, theory and status of creative writing as a subject.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex

1 Sep 20071 Nov 2012

Master, University of Sussex

1 Sep 20051 Jun 2006

Bachelor, University of Bedfordshire

1 Sep 20011 Jun 2004


  • PR English literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Theory
  • Psychogeography
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • History of Ideas
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • History of Linguistics

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Creative Writing Arts & Humanities
Fiction Arts & Humanities
Philosophy Arts & Humanities
Short Story Arts & Humanities
Cliché Arts & Humanities
Cognition Arts & Humanities
Retirement Arts & Humanities
Ecology Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2008 2018

‘Fictional Biographies’: creative writing and the archive

Jordan-Baker, C. & Taylor, R. X. 9 Jan 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Creative Writing
Learning Outcomes

On Cliché: Expression, Cognition and Understanding

Jordan-Baker, C. 1 Nov 2017 2, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Literary Works
Distinctive Features

The Death of Patrice Nacullian

Jordan-Baker, C. 2 Oct 2016 20, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The Philosophy of Creative Writing

Jordan-Baker, C. 8 Jul 2015 12, 2, p. 238-248 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Creative Writing

The Book of the Self

Jordan-Baker, C. 27 Oct 2014 12, 1, p. 24-26 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Short Story

Activities 2016 2017

  • 3 Publication Peer-review

Journal of Creative Writing Studies (Journal)

Jordan-Baker, C. (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication Peer-review

Writing in Practice (Journal)

Jordan-Baker, C. (Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication Peer-review