Scriptum magazine 2/2 2015

The summer volume of the Creative Writing Research Journal edited by Jyvässkylä University is already published and available to be freely downloaded both in English and Finnish. On this issue, the Israeli poet Amir Or participates with a remarkable contribution entitled “On Editing and Feedback in the Poetry Workshop” dealing with novice writers’ learning processes 



In this new edition, Scriptum compiles five articles combining local and foreign contributors, some of them current EACWP individual members and colleagues such as Amir Or (Israel) and Martin Štoll (Czech Republic).

The index for this summer issue gathers different topics of interests from the following participants:

  • Vasilis Papageorgiou: The art of researching.
  • Päivi Kosonen: Creative autobiography, from self-knowledge to the teaching of writing.
  • Martin Štoll: The precondition of creative work.
  • Johanna Pentikäinen: Elokuvat luokka ja freedom writers kirjoittamisen kuvauksina ja reflektion osana.
  • Amir Or: On editing and feedback in the poetry workshop.

In his highly recommended article, Or writes: “An experienced poets feedback on the work of a novice poet can be given from two perspectives: as a model – and as a guide.” He considers that, if a strong poet will be a model, the students will identify what is correct and incorrect and their own voice do not develop, writes Or. “A poet who wishes to serve as a guide to his students, will try to develop their personal voice.”

These are some of the pedagogical highlights to be enhanced for further discussions that this new edition of Scriptum strives  to bring into light.

About Amir Or

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Amir Or is remarkable poet and the co-founder of the Helicon School of poetry in 1990, where he has been teaching poetry and creative writing for 25 years. He is also the founding member of EACWP and the editor in several poetry book series and journals.


Areas of interest for upcoming contributions

—Artistic research: authors researching their own art, art as research.

—Literary theory: Studies on narratology, intertextu-ality, tropes and the figures of the text or metafiction. Theories related in creative writing.

—Media writing: Studies on film and multimedia and writing, manuscripts, adaptation of literature on mul-timedia, visual narrative, voice in narrative and poetry.

—Pedagogy of writing: Studies on teaching children and young in verbal art, writing in schools, free groups and internet forums, workshops of writing, master and novice, comments between authors.

—Poetics: Studies on composing the text; the genres of prose, lyrics and drama, the style, experimental and methodical writing, programmed poetry, writing as philosophical asking.

—Poetry therapy: Studies in writing and mourning, depression, mental health, individual therapy, healing narratives and metaphors, healing groups, writing and self care, web healing.

—Process of writing: Studies on schemes and composing the text, skills and virtuosity of writing, creative process, different versions of the text, textual criticism, verbal choices, shadows of the story, online writing, improvisation, editing, co-operation and collaborative writing.

—Rhetoric: Studies on expression and audience, reader, public spheres.

—Social media: Studies on digital writing, visual rhetoric with writing, social publicity, networks between writers.

Scriptum is a scholarly publication that the Department of Arts and Culture Studies of Jyväskylä University launched in the spring of 2014. The journal is headed by the editor-in-chief, Risto Niemi-Pynttäri, representative of the Finnish university as PHD in Poetics and social media writing. As well, Daniel Soukup, our EACWP board member, is taking part of the editorial committee.

Additionally, thanks to its bilingual Finnish/English dimension, Scriptum welcomes articles and reviews not only from EACWP members, but other worldwide contributors.

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