One week to go until Great Writing 2014, to be held at The Huxley Building, Imperial College, London.
Now in its 17th year, Great Writing has become the UK’s biggest international creative writing conference, bringing together writers, scholars, teachers and anyone with an interest from around the world. This will be the eight time I’ve been involved in organising and running the conference: a year’s work arranging fine folk from the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Canada, South Africa, India, Lebanon, Oman, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands etc. etc., as well as the UK and Ireland, to meet up for three days and discuss anything and everything which interests them about writing.
I’ll be speaking about the teaching of creative writing in universities, and what I see as the over-emphasis on craft over thought. See www.greatwriting.org.uk for more details about the conference, and to enquire about next year (June 20th and 21st, London).