THE INTERVIEWS

THE UNFOLDING STORY
ONLINE EXHIBITION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many interviews can we publish? How does it work?
Your publication is welcome to publish excerpts of all The Creative Process interviews as soon they are transcribed, edited, and ready to share across the network of magazines. We also provide illustrated portraits.

What is the typical length of excerpts?
Between 700 and 1,200 words. Longer excerpts are available upon request.

Can we publish interviews in our print publication as well as online?
Yes. You are welcome to publish interviews in your print publication as long as you also publish on your website and link to where visitors can continue reading it online. Our aim is to inspire and foster discussions about literature, the creative process, and the importance of the humanities.

What publications are already involved?
Many of the leading universities participating in our physical exhibition are also taking part in the interlinking online exhibition, as well as a number of national literary magazines like Tin House, LA Review of Books, among others. The American Writers Museum is also excerpting our interviews.

What length are the full interviews?
Between 5,000 and 15,000 words. We find this allows writers to touch upon their body of work, life, and creative process, and also facilitates sharing across a network of magazines.

Are there any requirements for participation?
Everything we publish is free to universities. We only ask that you help us spread the word of publishing and volunteering opportunities. While we are very happy to share interviews with your publication, after the first three we send you, precedence is given to those which assist in the editing process.

This ensures that the full breadth of the interviews is retained within the archives of participating universities. Your assistance also helps us deliver more interviews, allowing us to expand our educational initiatives and increase engagement at your university.

Is the editing process time-consuming?
No. Interviews to be edited are shared across our interlinking network and sections are short, usually 700 to 1,000 words (under ten recorded minutes). The transcriptions to be edited are already fairly accurate. Our official partner is Verb8tm (the company who creates transcriptions for NPR). However, we find parts of the text may need a little polishing to assure it is ready for publication. That's why we are most grateful for a little assistance.

Thankfully, excessive editing is not required as we aim for an expansive conversational style which captures the spirit of the exchange. Think of a cross between The Paris Review's in-depth interviews and NPR's Fresh Air.

Our 3 for 1 Publishing Principle
For every interview your publication helps edit, we will send you three interviews from The Creative Process which you can publish online and in your print publication. Many interviews are already edited, so if your university participates in this process, the number available to you will be approximately 3 for 1. We rely on our community of publishing partners. This helps us keep the process moving forward, and we very much appreciate your participation.

Are all the interviews with anglophone writers? Do you have interviews with artists and creative thinkers in other disciplines?
Currently, there is a concentration of anglophone writers. However, The Creative Process is an ongoing educational initiative with the participation of many leading universities, so we have scheduled interviews with a number of international writers and creative thinkers in disciplines like filmmaking, linguistics, visual art, cognitive science, etc., which in the future we would be more than happy to share with you and/or your university's general interest publications.

Can our publication select the interviews you share with us?
Yes. Selection is entirely up to you. We will send you regular updates about available interviews.

How can a university best facilitate the project? By suggesting faculty and writers who would be happy to be interviewed?
We are always happy to receive suggestions of writers and creative thinkers. As well as our core 100 interviews, we are conducting a number of ancillary interviews so that every exhibition is a unique representation of the creative contributions of each university and their region.

Volunteers who ASSIST IN THE EDITING PROCESS receive a commemorative artwork and are credited in the physical and interlinking online exhibition.

What will participants receive?
A small commemorative artwork by the artist Mia Funk. This is a signed, hand-embellished work on paper.

How else can we get involved?
Students and faculty may also participate in interviews, supporting events, or curriculum integration. We have a number of ongoing educational initiatives, including workshops and special 4th-year courses focusing on making short films/animations based on stories by participating writers. You can also submit related essays, stories, poems, and cross-genre pieces. 

We are interested in celebrating creativity in all its forms. If you would like to suggest works previously published by your journal, we would be delighted to feature them along with the usual acknowledgments. These will be published online and may be shown as part of the projection elements of The Creative Process.

To learn more, please contact us.
 


We look forward to collaborating with your publication, and thank you for participating in The Creative Process!

To learn more, please contact us.