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Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts | Hazel Smith and Roger T. Dean, eds.

The cover of Smith and Dean's Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative ArtsCreative practice and critical research appear to be unlikely bedfellows! Creative practice is viewed as intuitive and open ended while critical research is more rigorously methodological and outcome oriented. However, for the last number of decades, creative practice has made its mark in the university as a form of research in itself: practice-led research.

Smith and Dean’s volume explores how creative practice can lead to the generation of new knowledge, which is the typical definition of research. They have collected essays from various realms—dance, new media, and creative writing to name a few—that demonstrate how practice and research can form generative partnerships which can find a home in the university.

The systems and structures of the university were not created with a view to practice-led or practice-based research, so the essays also tackle the sort of issues that arise when these two worlds collide. Most important, perhaps, is the need for funding bodies to understand what practice-led research is in order to promote this growing type of research.

This highly specialized volume will help practice-led researchers to understand their methodology while at the same time appraising them of the type of issues they will encounter in the university.

Smith, Hazel and Roger T. Dean, eds. Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

The Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2012 | Jerry B. Jenkins

This book is pure motivation. Every time I flip through the pages, I think of something new to write about.

Here’s how this 500+ page book breaks down:

  • A list of Book Publishers. This section is organized by category, so you can figure out at a glance which publishers may be interested in your book.
  • A list of Magazine Publishers. This is my favourite section. You have no idea how many Christian magazines exist until you start browsing through this list. You will find a place for everything from your essay on apologetics to a two line joke.
  • Specialty Markets. This is a quirky section. If you’re interested in writing for greeting cards, video games, or DVD markets, this will help you along.
  • Helps for Writers. Here you’ll find listings for Christian Agents, contact information for writers conferences and clubs, and even lists of various writing contests.

This book carries much of the same information as Writer’s Market, expanded and focused toward the Christian market. Whether you’re just starting to consider selling your writing, or are an established author looking to expand your influence, this book is an essential resource.

Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided for free by Tyndale Publishing House.

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