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CFP: "An Unfinished Story: Folklorists and the Creative Process"
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3/1/2016 at 4:15:14 PM GMT
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CFP: "An Unfinished Story: Folklorists and the Creative Process"

The following is a call for papers for one (or perhaps two) AFS 2016 sessions on the topic of "An Unfinished Story: Folklorists and the Creative Process."

The organizers of this session(s) envision presenting selections from – and discussions of – current creative writing and storytelling projects that draw on folklore, giving special attention to the "unfinished” nature of the creative process.

The aim for the session(s) is to stimulate creative conversations among folklorists, creative writers, and storytellers by presenting a mix of brief performances, readings, and analysis.

Each participant might first, describe their current project and read/perform/share a section of it; then consider such matters as:

  • What aspect of your creative process has been most productive for you in this project? Discuss one way that your practice of folklore has contributed to your creative process in this project. 
  • In what ways is your work "unfinished”?
  • What are the characteristics of an "unfinished” work, for you? 
  • How does seeing your working drafts (and final drafts) as "unfinished” help or hinder your creative process in this project? 
  • If you see your work as unfinished, what, then, is an ending, for you? How do you "end” a piece of work? 

As to format, the organizers of this panel are thinking of experimenting (in rather flexible ways) with the recently-announced AFS short-paper format, in which presenters will speak for about 10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. (This plan will allow for maximum discussion time, but unlike a forum, will foreground both presenters’ names and their topics in the program.) 

The organizers will be asking for co-sponsorship between the Storytelling Section and the Folklore and Creative Writing Section. Note: You need not be a member of one of these sections in order to take part in the session (though of course you are welcome to join if you wish!).

Please let the organizers know if you are interested in taking part – and give a brief idea of what you would like to present and in what ways it might shed light on "the unfinished nature of the creative process.” Please email the organizers at the addresses below no later than Friday, March 4, so that there is plenty of time to plan and submit the proposals.

Jo Radner (
Peggy Yocom (
Milbre Burch (

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