The Philosophy of Creative Writing

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Philosophy concerns asking fundamental questions about practices, concepts and objects: their meaning, how they function, what they presuppose and what makes them distinctive. Within Creative Writing, we often ask about the effectiveness of the workshop, classroom activities or we inquire about our subject's past and present distinctiveness. But the question of a philosophy or philosophies of CW has gone largely unasked. This paper considers a number of questions about how CW articulates itself in terms of its view of teaching, autonomy and the scope of CW research. The paper argues that if CW is to be an autonomous discipline, then various problems need to be addressed. It concludes by identifying two current schools, or philosophies, of CW: integrationism and monarchism. Whereas the latter seeks to rationalise CW as an autonomous discipline, the former seeks to see it as part of a broader education in the humanities. Ultimately, the paper seeks to create a framework for a new area of investigation in CW scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-248
Number of pages11
JournalNew Writing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2015


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