Title: Writing about writing: what is a creative writing PhD commentary?
Speakers: Derek Neale (also introducing), Sally O’Reilly and Jane Yeh (all Open University).
The seminars are free and open to all and will take place at Senate House, University of London. Venue map for Senate House.
The commentary is a common accompaniment to the novel or poetry collection in a Creative Writing PhD. The student is tasked with writing about their creative process, while making connections to relevant research and cultural contexts. Such commentaries can be controversial, for examiners and those trying to write them. This seminar will be led by three Creative Writing academics who have written commentaries themselves, but also supervised and examined PhDs. They will discuss various genres, including contemporary and historical fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. They will consider various approaches, before inviting open discussion with PhD students and other writers. The seminar is co-organised with the NAWE PhD Network.