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Dreams of what to (be)come: Constructions of creative writing in Swedish handbooks 1979- 2015
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Between 1979 and 2015 approximately 30-40 handbooks for creative writing were published in Sweden. While giving advices and information about writing, these handbooks construct both the idea of writing and the writer-to-be in specific and limited ways; they describe what creative writing is, why it should be done and by whom. 

Through the lens of Roz Ivanič’s framework from “Discourses of Writing and Learning to Write” (2004) this presentation addresses the constructions of creative writing in Swedish handbooks published 1979-2015. The analysis focuses on the paradox between work and play in writing, and its connection to the purpose of creative writing, according to the handbooks. Is creative writing an act of passion or just a lot of hard work? What is the underlying cause of a will or need to write? And what can creative writing, hopefully, do? Discussing these questions, different discourses of writing become visible in the handbooks, during different times. The construction of writing is changing, which is connected to tendencies in the society. 

The results suggest that the activity of writing means a possibility to dream about the future, even if what the writer-to-be can or should dream about, have different answers during different times. In the Swedish handbooks, creative writing goes from being constructed as something that might lead to social change, towards being constructed as something that might benefit the individual writer. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Antwerp , 2018.
Keywords [en]
creative writing, handbooks, discourses of writing, motivational factors in writing, cultural aspects of writing
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Languages and Literature General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-157662OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-157662DiVA, id: diva2:1299640
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SIG writing 2018: 16th international conference of the EARLI special interest group on writing, Antwerp: University of Antwerp, 2018
Available from: 2019-03-28 Created: 2019-03-28 Last updated: 2019-03-29Bibliographically approved

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