Writing The Knowing

Insights into the use of experience in fiction writing, from Kevan Manwaring…

The Bardic Academic

Practice-based r

esearch in the creation of a novel

WP_20160906_09_36_20_Pro.jpg A writer’s retreat. View across Gairloch Bay, Wester Ross. K. Manwaring 2016

In the creation of my contemporary fantasy novel, The Knowing, the main focus of my Creative Writing PhD at the University of Leicester, I have undertaken extensive experiential research as part of the practice-based research of writing the novel itself. It has to be emphasised that the writing of the novel is the research, for it is as much a scrutinization of the creative process as a dramatisation of that process through the characters, setting and plot.  The PhD began as an examination of the ‘Longing, Liminality and Transgression in the Folk Traditions of the Scottish Lowlands and Southern Appalachians’ (as my initial research question framed), at least when it became ‘conscious’ – in September 2014  when I began my part-time research degree – yet creative aquifers had been…

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