Telling their stories: students' experiences with creativity

Jessica Moriarty, Christina Reading

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The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD), the School of Humanities and the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) have been collaborating on a research project funded by the Creativity Fellowship. The project aims to investigate students’ experiences with creativity and how they use their sources of inspiration to develop their academic work. Using an Emotionalist approach (Silverman, 1993), students studying Graphic Design and Illustration and Creative Writing students from the School of Humanities were asked to reflect on their motivations to produce creative work and to then detail what hampers their creative processes. This approach was to elicit “authentic accounts of subjective experience” (Silverman 1993, p. 122) and to establish a rapport with the interviewees that would help them to share their autobiographical stories without feeling vulnerable or manipulated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21
JournalCRD Research News
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • creative
  • writing
  • graphic design
  • cross-disciplinary
  • workshop


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