Centre's Aims

The WORD Centre for Creative Writing exists to facilitate and promote creative projects in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and collaborative mixed-media in all the languages of North-East Scotland (from Doric to Polish). Acting as both creative hub and stimulant for original initiatives in publication, public engagement and creative collaboration, it seeks to map, connect and nurture a wide and dynamic variety of university and community-based developments. Alongside its North-East focus, its interests reach out to broader international interests appropriate to the northern and archipelagic cultural context common to many research centres at Aberdeen. A central part of this activity is two interdisciplinary, multi-output projects, Mapping the North-East and Creative Composition. These broad-based, impact-focused projects are complemented by the existing research and public engagement activities of its members, work which involves the creative activities of its individual members, the continued building of a vibrant and highly successful postgraduate research community in Creative Writing, synergies and partnerships -  with the Elphinstone Institute, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Performing Arts, Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, The Centre for the Novel, The Centre for the Medical Humanities, the Sir Duncan Rice Library’s archives -  and the maintenance of the annual WORD festival as the North-East’s premier literary event.

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