Beyond the Workshop

Creative Writing, Theory and Practice
Edited by Paul Perry

"Beyond the Workshop arrives at a crucial time in the debates around creative writing studies. More and more writers, students and scholars are asking the questions: What is the role and future of creative writing in the academy? Does the workshop remain central to creative writing studies? What comes 'beyond the workshop'?"

Unlike many other studies on the evolution of the creative writing workshop, Beyond the Workshop not only provides a compelling suite of essays on the subject, but also contains a range of practical creative writing exercises.

  • The exercises are original and effective 'triggers' from the contributors to Beyond the Workshop who are all writers and teachers of creative writing
  • International expertise: poets, novelists, short story writers, creative non-fiction writers and essayists from the UK, Ireland and the US


  • Acknowledgements/Foreword (David Rogers)
  • Introduction: Desire Paths or 'The Workshop is Dead. Long live the Workshop' (Paul Perry)
  • Within Limits: Examining the Occupied Space and the Spaces Occupied by the Creative Writing Workshop (Nigel McLoughlin)
  • Metaphors We Teach By (Heidi Lynn Staples)
  • The Workshop as Stage (Todd Swift)
  • Bridges Between: Articulation in Narrative Form and Public Argument in Creative Non-Fiction (Ben Ristow)
  • What Really Happened? Rethinking 'Truth' in Creative Non-Fiction (Joseph Rein)
  • 'Tough but Fair': Honesty and the Management of Emotion in the Creative Writing Workshop (Margaret Lazarus Dean)
  • Standing on Deep Shale: The Problem of Originality (Ursula Hurley)
  • Creative Writing Creating Community: The Power of the Personal (Deirdre Fagan)
  • Other Arrangements: The Vital Turn in Poetry Writing Pedagogy (Michael Theune)
  • Making the Writing Process Strange: New (and Recycled) Approaches to Teaching Creative Writing (Jenny Dunning)
  • A Whole New Creative Writing Classroom: Daniel Pink, Digital Culture and the Twenty First Century Workshop (Stephanie Vanderslice)
  • Twelve Syllogisms in Search of an Editor (Fiona Sampson)
  • Permission, Potency and Protection in the Creative Writing Workshop (Adam Baron)
  • The Queerosphere: Musings on Queer Studies and Creative Writing Classrooms (On Poetry, Creativity, and the Fleetingness of Things) (Maureen Seaton)
  • The Archive of the Imagination: Using Oral Tradition in the Teaching of Creative Writing (Éilís Ní Dhuibhne)
  • Writing Without a Safety Net: Guidance for Writing after the Creative Writing Classroom (Siobhan Campbell and Patricia Clark)
Beyond the Workshop Kingston Writing School

Publication details

  • Publication date: 29 March 2012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Price: £20.00
  • Extent: 224pp
  • ISBN: 978-1-899999-52-1
  • Categories: Creative writing, pedagogy