Please have a read through this when you have time and edit when you have a chance.
–I completely trust your judgment for what students (BA, MFA...) will respond to. Feel free to make shorter and advise and use parts of our new standard submission form or other forms.
–This was written a while ago so should probably be updated with some of our more recent text and image slideshows?
–It is supposed to be an alternative form specifically for students and colleagues of interviewed writers so they will often be submitting class work or essays about their colleagues work...
–We have previously published pieces submitted by students and colleagues of interviewed writers, but it was done more informally by email invite. Having a good form will allow us to broaden and streamline the curriculum integration process and include much more work which celebrates the art of teaching.
–Should we include a separate page with a photo of each participating writer? (It's easy to duplicate the page and just replace the photo.) Or just have one submission page for every interviewed writer? What do you think will make interviewees more likely to share?
–We're now resuming sharing more interviews with the magazines of Columbia, University of Iowa, Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Tin House, LARB...so having a good inviting form for curriculum integration will be essential for celebrating the work of students and teachers.
Friends, Students and Colleagues–
I participated in an interview for The Creative Process, a traveling exhibition of interviews and portraits of writers from around the world. The Creative Process is being exhibited at leading universities and selected literary museums. As a part of their non-profit international educational initiative, they are publishing essays, stories, poems and creative works broadly related to the author interviews, which will appear in a network of university and national literary magazines.
The Creative Process welcomes submissions from all genres and disciplines. They have a special interest in pieces which may have begun as our class assignments or were written around the time you were my student or colleague. However, you are welcome to submit a work of your choice and, if you wish, you can append a brief piece, e.g., “My Recollections as a Student of Yiyun Li” or include some reminiscences as a friend/colleague as a postscript.
The idea is that friends, students and colleagues will be collectively participating a kind of composite portrait of the interviewed authors, as well as engaging in an ongoing dialogue, the aim of which is to deepen our understanding of teaching and the creative process.
Previously published pieces are accepted and they will publish the usual acknowledgements. There is no cost for entry. As a non-profit educational initiative, The Creative Process is not presently in a position to pay contributors, but submissions will automatically be entered into The Creative Process writing competitions. Contributors also receive invitations to supporting events at participating universities with the possibility of taking part in readings or other aspects of the project.
We are presently working on creating writing awards for universities which show the exhibitions, but it's not completely finalised yet, so I wonder if we should add this now? I would gift an artwork based on the winning story, poem... (a previous prize was created in my name like this by Indiana University) and if we can also for a book/cash gifts.
On the form itself, I think we need to include:
Those invited by an interviewed writer or creative thinker are assured inclusion in Other Voices alongside their interview.
And an additional field, maybe something like:
WHAT I LEARNED
as a student/colleague of [interviewed writer or creative thinker]
What do you think?
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