October 3-5, 2013
North Creek Events Center
University of Washington Bothell
WITH Amaranth Borsuk Jules Boykoff Rebecca Brown
Tisa Bryant Sarah Dowling Kathleen Fraser Robert Glück
Carla Harryman Jeanne Heuving Larissa Lai Hank Lazer
Miranda Mellis Joe Milutis Kaia Sand Leonard Schwartz
Rita Wong Maged Zaher and others
Our 2013 Fall Convergence focuses on Creative Practice and Creative Process. We ask our featured writers and our attendees: What is Your Creative Practice? What is Your Creative Process? And we place attention on new and sustained work in progress.
Creative practice draws attention to the set of habits and directions writers and artists bring to their creative work. As writers engage in creative endeavor, they employ any of a number of conscious and unconscious commitments as to what should constitute their work. On the one hand, practice might be seen simply as what writers do or perform repeatedly to get better at it. On the other hand, practice may involve a firm set of aesthetic, political and / or ethical commitments that incline the writer to focus on specific projects and approaches to these projects. Often literary manifestoes or declamatory poetics—practice as praxis—insist on certain forms of practice as irreproachable and necessary.
Creative process, likewise, can be two pronged. Most generally, writing process is concerned with how writers engage in their work over time, as a temporal process. A writer might speak of their process in writing a specific work or of their process overall in creating an opus. Creative process places attention on: How do writers get involved, or get creative, in making their work? How do they initiate and stay attentive to their work? How do they inculcate a strong sense of motivation or inspiration? Creative process also has its own set of political templates. For some writers, work that is not created through an involved creative process falls short of creativity itself. In other words, if the writer was not directly involved in what he or she is doing, as a thinking, emotional, and sentient being, then such person might merely be a writing mechanic, not a creative agent.
All writers, in order to write at all, have a creative practice and a creative process. And for most writers, there is considerable overlap between these, although not all writers are as interested in inquiring into their practice and / or process as others. One’s practice and process can be collectively or personally defined; these can be dictated by mainstream publishing expectations or encouraged by less dominant venues and forces—organized groups of writers, specific movements, small press and electronic publishing.
Through the focus on Creative Practice and Creative Process, the Fall Convergence places attention on two questions defining for the UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics:
How is creative writing an ethical, political, and / or aesthetic endeavor?
What forms might creative writing take in interconnected, transnational societies—societies that are marked by increasingly by diversity as well as homogeneity?
All conference events are free and open to the public, with the exception the program dinner on Saturday eveing. Please see the schedule below for more details, and get in touch with Meredith Field if you have questions.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION 6:30 p.m.
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS 7:15 p.m.
CREATIVE WRITING PRACTICE / WORKS IN PROGRESS 7:30 p.m.
Collaborators Rita Wong & Larissa Lai | Panel Members
Hank Lazer | Panel Member
Friday, October 4, 2013
CREATIVE PRACTICE 11:00 a.m.
Amaranth Borsuk | Jules Boykoff
LUNCH 12:30 p.m. (on your own)
CREATIVE PRACTICE 1:30 p.m.
Maged Zaher | Leonard Schwartz
WORK IN PROGRESS 3:00 p.m.
Tisa Bryant | Miranda Mellis
BREAK 4:30 p.m.
GROUP READING 5:00 p.m.
Sarah Dowling | Kathleen Fraser | Robert Glück | Carla Harryman | Lariss Lai | Hank Lazer | Joe Milutis | Kaia Sand | Leonard Schwartz
Saturday, October 5, 2013
WORK IN PROGRESS 1:00 p.m.
Sarah Dowling | Kaia Sand
WORK IN PROGRESS 2:30 p.m.
Kathleen Fraser | Robert Glück
BREAK 4:00 p.m.
WORK IN PROGRESS 4:30 p.m.
Rebecca Brown | Carla Harryman
DINNER 6:00 p.m. (for MFA students and faculty and invited guests only)
GROUP READING 7:30 p.m.
Amaranth Borsuk | Jules Boykoff | Rebecca Brown | Tisa Bryant | Jeanne Heuving | Miranda Mellis | Maged Zaher
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