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5th Annual Creative Writing Studies Conference Online

Beyond Genre, Beyond the Page: Creative Writing in Liminal Spaces

Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Minor, Cleveland Art Institute, Writer and Visual Artist (Q & A Saturday 4:00-4:40)

Creative writing takes many forms in our own art, in the public sphere, and in our classrooms. What possibilities can be found in creative writing that exists in liminal spaces, that breaks the boundaries of form and text? What possibilities open up for writers, readers, teachers, and students? 

You can also go directly to our YouTube conference playlist, which will take you through the conference presentations in order of the schedule: CWSC20 Presenter Playlist

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 9

8:30 – 9 am EDT: Virtual coffee and hellos with conference organizer Jennifer Pullen


Friday Morning Sessions

Visual Art and Creative Writing Together // Q & A 9:30-10 am

“Bridging the Brick Divide: Graphic Design and Writing Collaboration in Undergraduate Student Magazine Production,” Kelly Ferguson (Moderator), Meri Page. [video]

“Intersecting Visual Art and Text: Creative-Critical, Transgenre Approaches and Identities in Writing and Teaching,” Kristin LaFollette, Jonathan Brownlee. [video]

Community Building // Q & A 10:30 – 11 am

“Building Literary Community Through Online Readings,” Alexa Garvoille (Moderator). [video]

“Moonlighting Together: Faculty (Creative) Writing Groups,” Erick Piller. [video]

Curriculum and Program Design // Q & A 11:30 am – 12 noon

“Revising the Creative Writing Curriculum,” Rachel Haley Himmelheber (Moderator), Gary Hawkins. [video]

“Creative Writing in China,” Weidong Liu. [video]


12 – 1 pm: Lunch Break [Feel free to join us for a virtual lunch and community, hosted by Graeme Harper]


Friday Afternoon Sessions

Pedagogy // Q & A 1:30 – 2 pm

“Do I Bend Genre? Or Does Genre Bend Me?” Wes Jamison. [video]

“Implementing the Student-Centered Creative Writing Workshop Model in Remote Learning Classroom Environments,” Zoë Bossiere (Moderator). [ video]

Feedback and Students // Q & A 2:30 – 3 pm

“What’s Wrong With It? Helping Students Assess Their Own Creative Work,” John Vigna. [video]

“Signal to Noise Ratio: Information Overload and Feedback Reception,” Amy Ash (Moderator). [video]

Reimagining // Q & A 3:30 – 4 pm

“Revisiting the Challenge: Rethinking Creative Writing Ten Years On,” Stephanie Vanderslice (Moderator). [video]

“Meet Me in the Middle: Liminal Spaces as Point of Contact for an Intersectional Classroom Abstract,” Mel Ruth. [video]


Saturday, October 10

8:15 – 8:45 am EDT: Virtual coffee and hellos with conference organizer Rachel Haley Himmelheber


Saturday Morning Sessions

Craft and Genre Analysis // Q & A 9:30 – 10 am EDT

“Breaking Down The Brittle Moment: Psychoanalysis in Nature Writing,” Jen Hirt (Moderator). [video]

“Fragmenting Fatherhood: Nonlinear Memoir’s Articulation of the Effects of Toxic Fatherhood,” David Haydon. [video]

“Toward a Volupology of Literary Fiction,” Connor Syrewicz. [video]

10-10:30 Stretch your legs and prep for the next panel 

Students Ask Questions // Live Workshop 10:30 – 11:10 am 

“Students Ask Questions,” Lania Knight. [video]

Creative Writing and Non-traditional Applications // Q & A 11:40 am – 12:10 pm

“Meaningful Machines: Exploring Creative Programming for Creative Writing,” Lillian-Yvonne Bertram. [video]

“Beyond the Classroom: Translating Creative Writing Skills for ‘Real World’ Contexts,” Alyse Bensel (Moderator), Kristin Coffey. [video 1, video 2, video 3]

“’But How Do You Write It?’: Teaching Flash Fiction in the Short Story Workshop,” Emily Capettini [video].


12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch Break [Feel free to join us for a virtual lunch and community, hosted by Stephanie Vanderslice, inaugural CWSO Founding Chair and AWP Liaison]


Saturday Afternoon Sessions

Creative Writing and the Cultural Moment // Q & A 1:45 – 2:15 pm

“Teaching Artistic Responsiveness,” Janelle Adsit. [video]

“Responding to Creative Writing,” Graeme Harper (Moderator). [video]

“On Re-Framing the Pedagogical Frameworks for Multilingual Inclusivity, Socially-Just, and Anti-Racist Creative Writing Workshops,” Caleb González. [video]

Disciplinarity // Q & A 3:50 – 4:20 pm

“Creative Writing Studies and Literary Studies: Converging Agendas?” Tim Mayers. [video]

“Bridging a Divide or Dividing a Bridge?: Style, Disciplinarity, and Creative Writing Studies,” Jon Udelson. [video]

“’How Do You Get from Here to There?’: Traversing the Space between Creative Writing Studies and Secondary English Teacher Training,” Chris Drew (Moderator). [video]


Closing Sessions

KEYNOTE: “Space Is Time” with Sarah Minor // Q & A 4:50 – 5:20 pm [video]

Sarah Minor is an Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art teacher, a writer, and a visual artist. Minor was hired at CIA specifically to teach creative writing to visual artists, and visual arts to creative writers. Her work exemplifies liminal spaces in creative writing. She specializes in visual essays, with several books out or upcoming. She is the curator of the visual essay series at Essay Daily and the video editor for TriQuarterly Review. She is also the director of the Cleveland Drafts Literary Festival. She has had at least three installations of her work at different galleries, projects encompassing sculptures covered in text, and paper structures one has to walk through in order to read what is written on them, among other projects. 

Land Acknowledgement: This talk was written and recorded in Cleveland, Ohio, a settler city in the Great Lakes region, and the traditional lands of many human groups who lived and/or traveled around the lakes through trade and shipping. The greater Cleveland area occupies land ceded by 1100 chiefs and warriors signing the Treaty of Greenville in 1795, and which is the traditional home of the Lenape (Delaware), Shawnee, Wyandot Miami, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Haudenosaunee, and other Great Lakes groups who are this land’s past, present, and future stewards.

5:30 – 6:30 pm Virtual Happy Hour! [Hosted by James Ryan, Journal of Creative Writing Studies Editor] Plan to grab a beverage and stop by our virtual space to meet new people, see old friends, network with other scholars, and discuss the conference.