Writing-PAD is a community of practice dedicated to sharing approaches and tools for thinking-through-writing in art and design. Most of our Writing-PAD Centres and some membership institutions from our network have guest edited an issue or more of the JWCP, which has been useful in disseminating the work that we are carrying out. The Writing-PAD (ac.uk) site acts as an archive of the initial project and the community wiki is more current but always requires some updating(writing-pad.org).
Here are some of the events and issues that Writing-PAD network has been focusing on: -
Writing-PAD debate forums:
We are currently in discussions with 3 institutions about Writing-PAD events
- an event during the Limerick City of Culture 2014 with Tracy Fahey (Head of the Department of Fine Art and Head of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies) and David Brancaleone (Critical and Contextual Studies) both from Limerick School of Art, and Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (Course Director, MA Festive Arts) at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.
- A Writing in Creative Practice event at Plymouth University for February 2015.
- A Writing in Creative Practice event at University of Huddersfield: 'Re-writing the Archive' in late 2014.
Here are some of the most recent events we have been involved in - most have resulted or will result in an issue of JWCP: -
Writing-PAD Symposium: 'Screen Writes' at The London College of Communication (Friday 27th June) followed by a guest edited issue of the JWCP. 'ScreenWrites' explored the purposes and practices of writing astraining for BA students largely in visual communication, including graphic design and illustration.
- The symposium offered a space to discuss the ideas gained from a new series of writing workshops run at LCC in the Design School who's aim is to help BA students gain more confidence in all aspects of writing. They were organised by Dr Mark Ingham, one of the Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinators, and run by Andrea Mason, Harriet Edwards, Linda Stupart and Andrew Slatter.
- The emphasis is on writing practices emergent from studio concerns inline with the ethos of the Writing-PAD project and subsequent network. Screen Writes is therefore loosely structured around three interconnected areas.
- First, the role of creativewritings in relation to voice, identity and the inherent mix of imageand graphic in visual communication practices. This includes thesurveying of tools and techniques employed.
- Second, the potential that such practices lend students to create a presence in socialmedia with a view to professional purposes, or how blogging, and indeed tweeting, can link the students to communities and prospective avenues beyond the university.
- Third, the articulation of the place,and merit of such practices within the wider design curriculum.
- The beaten paths of these often debated relationships in university writings will be taken off track to see if the clichés that surround these relations in academia can be torn apart and reworked into moreproductive dynamic interactions.
Launch of the Writing-PAD Centre East Midlands (Thursday 26thJune) and an earlier Writing in Creative Practice event at De Montfort University: 'Making the Textual Visual' Event has takenplace. Currently compiling articles for the JWCP.
Writing-PAD Seminar Series on Modular Form at Roehampton University on March 14th 2014. This will be followed by an issue of the JWCP guest edited by Peter Jaeger: The focus of this day-long symposium is modular form. By this term we mean writing which consists of discrete units or fragments of text, each of which orchestrate a theme, a concept, a critical position, or a related series of textual events. Modular form could be situated in a tradition running through the "poem-lectures" and anecdotal reflections of John Cage, the reconfigured slogans of Barbara Kruger, the faux-aphorisms of Charles Bernstein, and the fragmentary critical prose of David Shields (among many other examples). Similarly, in the philosophical tradition, modular form can be seen in such examples as the aphoristic musings of Nietzscheand Wittgenstein, the short, found texts and notes collected in Benjamin's The Arcades Project, and the terse ruminations of Baudrillard's Cool Memories.
Writing-PAD workshop and Seminar Series (November 2013) on Writing in Creative Practice from Falmouth University. Guest edition of the JWCP to follow in March 2015. Deborah Price and Dr. Larry Lynch (Head of the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts).
Writing-PAD Workshop (November 2013) at Arnolfini for performance writing. This has resulted in JWCP 6:3 on performance writing guest edited by Jerome Fletcher.
23-27.09.13: Writing-PAD debate forums: A week of writing in creative practice atthe Iceland Academy of Arts, Reykjavik. I facilitated a week of morning co-writing workshops. These were followed by afternoons of talks given by a variety of Icelandic artists, film makers, writers and designers. I was asked to give the first two talks: one, outlining the history of the Writing-PAD network, and the second, pedagogical tools for writing in creative practice.
12.07.13:Writing in creative practice. University College Falmouth Tremough Campus Penryn Cornwall, England, TR109EZ http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/Seminars/Disciplines_AH/GEN403_Falmouth (hosted by Learning Futures at University College Falmouth and facilitated by the Educational Development team)
04.07.13: Making the textual visual: Engaging visual learners with text offers Academics, Librarians and Learning Developers an opportunity to share experience and practice. Kimberlin Library, De Montfort University. (Hosted by De Montfort University facilitated by Julia Reeves).
02-07-13: Writing in creative practice: Towards Academic Publication http://www.staffs.ac.uk/schools/art_and_design/iact/projects/project_writing-in-creative-practice_session3.html (Hosted by the Institute for Applied Creative Thinking: I-ACT and facilitated by the editor in chief of Studies in Material Thinking (http://www.materialthinking.org/) and Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand Nancy de Freitasand Dr. Alke Gröppel-Wegener.)
13.06.13: Writing in creative practice: Writing and the object at MiddlesexUniversity, The Burroughs, London, England, NW44BT http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/Seminars/Disciplines_AH/GEN404_Middlesex http://tvad-uh.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/writing-design-talk-for-writing-and.html (Hosted by Middlesex University and facilitated by Peter Thomas and Dr. AlkeGröppel-Wegener.)
12.04.13 Writing in creative practice: Collage, reflection and writing. Ayr Campus, University of the West of Scotland, Scotland, KA80SX. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/12_April_collage_UWS http://www.uws.ac.uk/campus-ayr/writing-in-creative-practice collage,-reflection-and-writing/ (Hosted by UWS and facilitated by Dr Alke Gröppel-Wegener with Sarah Williamson, Alison Bell, and Brigid Collins).
26.03.13: Writing in creative practice: Exploring layers of meaning. University of Chester, Faculty of Arts & Media, Kingsway Site, Kingsway, Newton, Chester , England, CH22LB http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/Seminars/Disciplines_AH/GEN357_Chesterhttp://blogs.heacademy.ac.uk/arts-and-humanities/2013/04/04/writing-in-creative-practice/ (Hosted by the University of Chester, with Elizabeth Kealy-Morris, SarahWilliamson and Angela Davies).
17.12.12: Writing in creative practice: Practicing theory in Art & Design education. The School of the Arts, University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, St. George's Avenue, Northampton, England, NN26JD http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/Seminars/Disciplines_AH/GEN402_Northampton (Hostedby the University of Northampton and facilitated by Will Hoon)
23.06.12: Translating - Pairing Practices: a day of workshops and discussionsexploring the relationship of writing to art and design practices at research level. The Centre for Creative Collaboration (C4CC), 16 Acton Street, London , England, WC1X9NG http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2012/seminars/disciplines/DW252 (Hosted and facilitated by Harriet Edwards and Brigit Connolly.) JWCP issue 6:1
24-05-12: Writing in creative practice: Integrating Writing into a Studio-based Curriculum http://www.staffs.ac.uk/schools/art_and_design/iact/projects/project_writing-in-creative-practice_session2.htmlwww.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2012/seminars/disciplines/DW204 (Hosted by the Institute for Applied Creative Thinking: I-ACT, Staffordshire University, and facilitated by Dr Alke Gröppel-Wegener)
04.05.12:Writing between the disciplines Writing: GOLD. (Hosted by GoldsmithsUniversity of London and facilitated by Julia Lockheart.) Initiatedby JWCP 5:1. Writing the outcomes were presented in the JWCP 5:2 and5:3.
30.03.12:Writing Practice: A Celebration of Writing-PAD at the Arnolfini. Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, England, BS11QA. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2012/30_Mar_Writing_Pad (Hostedby the Arnolfini and Facilitated by Julia Lockheart)
29-03-12:Writing in creative practice: Thinking Through Writing and Making http://www.staffs.ac.uk/schools/art_and_design/iact/projects/project_writing-in-creative-practice_session1.htmlhttp://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2012/seminars/disciplines/DW207 (Hostedby the Institute for Applied Creative Thinking: I-ACT, StaffordshireUniversity, and facilitated by Dr Alke Gröppel-Wegener)
Some of these Writing-PAD initiatives hosted by the Institute for Applied Creative Thinking: I-ACT, Staffordshire University, also link to Tactile Academia http://tactileacademia.com/2013/07/02/sharons-pub-method-snack-writing-and-avoiding-the-frankenfish-or-towards-academic-publication/andto their Writing in Creative Practice website: http://www.staffs.ac.uk/schools/art_and_design/iact/projects/project_writing-in-creative-practice.html
3-4.11.11: Illustration and Writing Symposium. (Hosted by Writing-PAD in association with Manchester Metropolitan University and facilitated by Desdemona McCannon). Selected papers published inJWCP 4:3
01.04.11: Writing-PAD Wales Symposium at Swansea Metropolitan University. Idesigned, co-ordinated and facilitated a one-day workshop on Collaborative Writing the outcomes were presented in the JWCP 4.2. http://writing-pad.org/Writing+PAD-Wales
09.11.10: Co-writing as a tool for metadesign. Open workshop held at Goldsmiths. I designed, co-ordinated, facilitated and ran a workshop on co-writing as a tool for design teams.
2011:Writing-PAD debate forums: De Montfort University, Leicester. (Facilitated by Julia Lockheart)
2010:Writing-PAD debate forums: KiHO in Oslo, Norway (Facilitated by Julia Lockheart) To be followed by a Scandanavian issue on writing increative practice.