Betwixt and between: Creative writing and scholarly expectations

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New Writing, ISSN: 1479-0726, Vol: 10, Issue: 1, Page: 68-76

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Norton, Susan
Informa UK Limited; Dublin Institute of Technology
Arts and Humanities; creative writing; English language taeching; higher education.; academic; writing; expectation; 5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES; Creative Writing
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I have written this article from my own point of view as a full-time lecturer of English who is also a publishing and broadcasting essayist. Though I teach composition and writing skills on a daily basis in my college (a college of arts), my own creative work is worth little in terms of measurable scholarly activity. I find this discrepancy ironic. My institute is known for its teaching excellence, its links to industry, and its emphasis on transferable 'real world' learning. Yet refereed research remains the more prized form of scholarly activity, even though, by its nature, refereed research is directed at other academic insiders. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.