Blank page : the location of creativity

McCooey, David 2010, Blank page : the location of creativity, in AAWP 2010 : The Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners Papers : the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010, [The Australasian Association of Writing Programs], [Melbourne, Vic.], pp. 1-8.

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Title Blank page : the location of creativity
Author(s) McCooey, David
Conference name The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs conference (15th : 2010 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, VIC
Conference dates 25-27 Nov. 2010
Title of proceedings AAWP 2010 : The Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners Papers : the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010
Editor(s) Cole, Catherine
Freiman, Marcelle
Brien, Donna Lee
Publication date 2010
Conference series Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher [The Australasian Association of Writing Programs]
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Keyword(s) Creativity
Blank page
Play
Psychoanalysis
D.W. Winnicott
Summary Whether one writes in the field of literary studies or that of creative writing, one begins with the 'blank page'. The field of interest I am calling the 'blank page' has implications for the discipline of creative writing, and can be useful to theorising creativity, writing practice, and pedagogy. One creates out of, or into, the 'blank page '; one's practice is partly determined by how one theorises, however subconsciously, this blank page (how does one start? how blank is the page? how have others figured the blank page); and one teaches students who have to face literal blank pages. ln this paper I will consider how the theorisation of the blank page in literary studies addresses such creative-writing issues. I will then engage D.W. Winnicott's psychoanalytic theory on 'the location of play' to consider the implications of conceptualising the blank page as 'the location of writing'. A Winnicottian approach to the blank page, as a space akin to the potential space of play, allows various insights into the process of writing, especially as a proccss involving paradox.
ISBN 9780980757330
Language eng
Field of Research 200525 Literary Theory
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2010 , The Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032630

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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