Category: Creative writing

Creative writing and lockdown. Therapy to boot?

Creative writing and lockdown. Therapy to boot?

Writing as freedom, as an outlet, as a release, as a means of setting our imagination loose… These were just some of the ways students conceptualised the writing that they did during last semester’s creative writing course. The course ran for three weeks on campus and then nine weeks online due to lockdown and every…

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not my voice who is speaking: ‘A Song From Tiahuanapu’

not my voice who is speaking: ‘A Song From Tiahuanapu’

In the context of the recent conference ‘Short Fiction as Humble Fiction’, organised by the Paul Valéry research centre EMMA and the European Network for Short Fiction Research, a short story writing competition in English, An opportunity for new voices,  was organised for foreign language students. Invited to be one of the jury members I…

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Foreign tongues: what’s it like to write in another language?

Foreign tongues: what’s it like to write in another language?

In a sorry week that heard the German president of the EU quoting George Eliot to the departing British and a prominent German politician reassuring them with the French words au revoir not adieu, it seemed apt to have French EFL creative writing students reflect upon how they sound in the foreign language. This semester’s…

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A Splash of Colour

A Splash of Colour

A burnt orange month with mellow sienna shades of fruitfulness. La rentrée is over. Classes are settling down and we are all starting to learn each other’s names. Students who follow the second-year undergraduate distance learning class in creative writing at Paul-Valéry University have been introducing themselves via the first MOODLE forum by discussing their…

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Authenticity: The Unicorn in the Garden

Authenticity: The Unicorn in the Garden

Before the holidays, in a rather heated meeting (it was already starting to get hot by then) a colleague asked me if a text I had written and used for an oral comprehension exercise was authentic. For a moment I was flummoxed.  How to answer? My immediate reaction was of course it is. I wrote…

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