Addressing the ‘Ancient Quarrel’

Creative Writing as Research

Authored by: Jen Webb , Donna Lee Brien

The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415581691
eBook ISBN: 9780203841327
Adobe ISBN: 9781136897931


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Creative writing as a university-based discipline is simultaneously an art form and a part of the humanities. Its focus is the production of works of high literary quality across many forms and genres, including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, life writing, ficto-criticism, scripts for film, television, radio and theatre, digital texts, and genres that cross into professional writing and journalism such as travel, food and historical writing. The study of creative writing as a tertiary level discipline may include close reading of published texts, but the discipline’s focus on the production of texts and, indeed, the types of texts themselves, distinguishes it from other disciplines.

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