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Ms Helena Blakemore

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, BA Creative & Professional Writing

Helena Blakemore is a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Leader for BA Creative & Professional Writing, Director of The Writing Centre, which located in the School of Arts and Digital Industries, and a member of the ADI School Quality Standards Committee . Helena is a member of the Higher Education Network Committee of NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education, and has written and delivered conference papers in the UK and the USA on the subjects of professional development, post-graduate research, student diversity, and pedagogy as they relate to the study and teaching of Creative Writing.  She is also on the Editorial Boards of the two NAWE publications, WRITING IN EDUCATION and the peer-reviewed journal WRITING IN PRACTICE. 



    My professional activities outside the University have included a range of academic engagements, of which the following are indicative:

    2014: As Vice Chair of NAWE HE Committee, initiated and progressed discussions to develop professional a  relationship between the two organisations, including research projects with EACWP (European Association of Creative Writing Programmes) – attended Paris Symposium, June 2014

     2013: NAWE Annual Conference panel with Randall Albers, Patricia Ann McNair, Shawn Shiflett (Columbia Chicago), and Steve May (Bath Spa): Is This the Best We Can Do? – exploring the myth of “best practices” as it pertains to Creative Writing programmes.

    2013: Participated in NAWE research project commissioned by HEA for report Beyond The Benchmark (published November 2013), which explored recent developments in the subject.

     Invited speaker for HEA Workshop and Seminar Series: “Subjectivity in Creative Writing Marking: Practical Strategies for tutor/practitioners” (Keynote, Bath Spa University, 2012, with Professor Tim Liardet) and “Workshop for Early Career Lecturers” (King’s College, 2010)

    October 2008: co-author of first Subject Benchmark Statement for Creative Writing, published by Higher Education Committee of National Association of Writers in Education http://www.nawe.co.uk/metadot/index.pl?id=2497&isa=Category&op=show


     "Whose Stories? Diversity and Development in HE Teaching" in Writers in Education (NAWE Journal), issue 44, Spring 2008

     "Writers in the World: professional development for Creative Writing students" in Writers in Education (NAWE Journal), issue 44, Spring 2008

    Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (2013)

    CURRENT EXTERNAL ROLES:

    2014- present: Member of the Editorial Board, Writing in Practice (NAWE peer-reviewed journal, launched Summer2016) and Co-editor for Autumn 2016 issue.

    2013- present: External Examiner, BA Creative Writing (Distance Learning), Goldsmith's University of London

    2009- present: Member of the Editorial Board, Writers in Education (NAWE journal)

     

    PREVIOUS EXTERNAL ROLES:

     2014-2016: QA panel member for national Benchmark statement, Creative Writing (published February 2016)

    2009-2014: Elected Vice Chair of the Higher Education Committee, National Association of Writers in Education (Subject Association for Creative Writing in the UK)

    2014: Validation panel member, Access to HE Diploma (Creative Writing,Literature, Journalism), Norfolk Adult Education

    2012: Consultant to AQA Examining Board for development of Creative Writing A Level (launched September 2013)

    2011: External Advisor, BA Creative Writing (Distance Learning),Goldsmith's University of London

    2010: External Examiner for PhD in Creative Writing by Publication,University of Bangor

    2009: ‘In Sanctuary’(poetry) published in Writers in Education (NAWE journal), Issue 48: ‘Word and Image'

    2007-2010: External examiner, BA Creative & Media Writing, Middlesex University

    2009: External Advisor, Foundation Degree in Professional Writing,Weston College (Bath Spa University)

    2008: External Reviewer for BA/BSc Creative Writing, University Review Panel, Roehampton University

    Overview




    All publications post 2001:

    Summer 2009: Guest editor, Writers in Education, Issue 48: ‘Word and Image'
    October 2008: Co-author of first Subject Benchmark Statement for Creative Writing, published by Higher Education Committee of National Association of Writers in Education http://www.nawe.co.uk/metadot/index.pl?id=2497&isa=Category&op=show |

    Poetry

    May 2010: Poetry reading at Hearing Eye Press/Torriano
    House, London NW5
    Summer 2009: ‘In Sanctuary’ in Writers in Education (NAWE journal), Issue 48: ‘Word and Image'

    Reviews

    2012- Peer Reviewer for darkmatter
    2011- Peer Reviewer for Write4Children: The International Journal for the Practice and Theories of Writing for Children and Children’s Literature - www.write4children.org/
    2010- Peer Reviewer for New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
    Review of Story: The Heart of the Matter (2007), ed. Dr Maggie Butt (London: Greenwich Exchange) in Writers in Education (NAWE journal), Autumn 2007

    Book chapters

    2002: Appendix 10: “Gender Bias in Publishing and Reviewing” in Bestsellers: Popular Fiction Since 1900, ed. Clive Bloom, Palgrave, pp. 252-253; ISBN 0-333-687437|
    2001: “Eyes on the Prize” in Literature, Politics and Intellectual Crisis in Britain Today, ed. Clive Bloom (London: Palgrave), pp. 94-118; ISBN 0-333-77833-2 |

    Journal articles

    Report on AWP Chicago Conference (promoting UK Creative Writing PhD) in Writers in Education (NAWE journal), issue 56, Spring 2012|
    "Whose Stories? Diversity and Development in HE Teaching" in Writers in Education (NAWE Journal), issue 44, Spring 2008 |
    "Writers in the World: professional development for Creative Writing students" in Writers in Education (NAWE Journal), issue 44, Spring 2008|
    On-line article/case study: “Working in the Culture Industries” in collection Case Studies of Employment Related Practice, for the Media Employability Project at University of Sunderland - director & commissioning editor Prof. Sue Thornham [www.mediaemployability.co.uk]|

    Conference papers

    March 2012: Conference paper for panel "Creativity in Crisis: What’s the Future for the Imagination in University Writing Programs?", AWP Annual Conference, Chicago IL, with Steve Mayand Tim Middleton (Bath Spa), Nigel McLoughlin (Gloucester), and Barbara Large (Winchester)|
    November 2011: Panel contributor "Making It: What a Degree in Creative Writing Has Done For Me", with graduate Danielle Jawando; also Workshop Convener, with Maggie Butt – ‘The Creative Space’, NAWE Annual Conference, Northampton|
    February 2011: Paper and Panel discussion - ‘Why Creative Writing Research Matters: Creative Writing and Today's Academy’ at AWP Annual Conference, Washington DC, with
    Graeme Harper and Nigel NcLoughlin|
    November 2010: Workshop convener, with Maggie Butt – ‘The Creative Space’ at NAWE Annual Conference, Cheltenham
    April 2010: ‘Ebb and Flow: The Evolution of the Creative Practice Doctorate’ (collaborative research project with Christina Reading, University of Brighton), presented at AWP Annual Conference, Denver|
    November 2009: Panel chair -‘Writing the Visual’; workshop convener with Stacey Pogoda – ‘Stories that Play’ at NAWE Annual Conference, Hampshire|
    February 2009: ‘Can you do Monday…? The role of part-time tutors’ on NAWE panel ‘Qualifying for University Employment in Creative Writing’, at American Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Chicago|
    January 2009: invited chair of workshop at Creative Writing and Part-Time Teaching: No longer just an apprenticeship? (Cardiff University, organised by the English Subject Centre)|
    November 2008: ‘Developing the Subject Benchmark for Creative Writing’ (with Steve May and Patricia Debney) at NAWE Annual Conference, Manchester|
    January 2008: Paper on professional developmenet opportunities for creative writing students on NAWE panel 'Old York, New York: a picture of the UK's literary culture' at AWP Annual Conference, New York|
    November 2007: Paper and panel member for discussion ‘Writers in the World – Professional Development for Writring Students’, and paper ‘Whose Stories? Teaching diverse student groups’ at The Way Ahead – The Future of Creative Writing in Education, annual conference of National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), The Hawkhills, York|
    June 2004: Participated in London Biennale 2004 [www.londonbiennale.org], culminating in an exibition of artwork at The Foundry, London EC1|
    November 2003: co-writer/presenter of paper entitled “The Kindness of Strangers: Contexts and Connections in Teaching, Learning and Creative Practice”, with Sylvie Prasad at Beyond Two Digits – Media Practice Education for the 21st Century, Association of Media Practice Educators (AMPE) 2003 Conference at the University of Sunderland|

    Research papers

    June 2008: ‘Teaching Diverse Student Groups’ for Diversity & Inclusion Research Seminar - Education: Policy, Pedagogy, and Practice Research Group, School of Social Sciences, Media & Cultural Studies, UEL|
    January 2009: ‘Developing Subject Benchmarks’ for Education: Policy, Pedagogy, and Practice Research Group Seminar, School of Social Sciences, Media & Cultural Studies, UEL|

    Guest Speaker

    Nov. 2010: ‘Teaching English Literature and Creative Writing: A Workshop for Early Career Lecturers’: invited speaker and workshop convener at two-day event organised by the English Subject Centre, King’s College London|
    Sept. 2010: 'What will Creative Writing teaching look like in ten years time?': keynote speaker at English Subject Centre’s 10th Anniversary celebration, King’s College London|


    Collaborators

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    Research

    Key publications pre 2001: Book chapters: 1993: “W.H. Auden”in The English Critical Tradition, ed. Gary Day, Insight series (London: Macmillan)

    1993: “Leslie Charteris and The Saint”in Twentieth Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age, ed. Clive Bloom, Insight series (London: Macmillan)

    1990: “Acid – Burning A Hole In The Present”in Readings In Popular Culture, ed. Gary Day, Insight series (London: Macmillan)

    Publications


    Funding


    Creative writing practice and pedagogy
    Media and cultural relationships
    Literary and cultural value
    Employability and diversity issues



    Creative writing practice and pedagogy
    Media and cultural relationships
    Literary and cultural value
    Employability and diversity issues

    Interests

    Portfolio




    Module Leader: CC4100 Critical Approaches to Creative Writing
    Module Leader: CC5102 Story and Myth
    Supervisor,  CC6100 Research Dissertation for Creative Writing
    Tutor, CC4101 Creative Practice 1

    Teaching