An academic and writer whose research interests include creative writing theory, pedagogy and interdisciplinarity within the arts. His dramatic work has been performed around the country and his fiction has appeared in publications such as New Writing, Text and Potluck. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sussex.
Craig Jordan-Baker is principally interested in how creative writing articulates itself as a subject of academic study. Despite being an academic subject for well over a century, there is little clarity about what creative writing is for and how it relates to the other humanities and arts subjects. This question is important because behind each conception of creative writing, there are assumptions about creativity, the role of interpretation, the socio-cultural view of the artist and the unity of the arts.
Jordan-Baker has published and given a conference paper about these subjects and intends to explore this in depth in a planned monograph provisionally titled Creative Writing: Imagining, Thinking and Knowing. He is also a peer-reviewer for the journals New Writing: The International Journal of Creative Writing Theory and Practice and Writing in Practice.
Jordan-Baker has a background as dramatist and his puppet adaptation of Beowulf was awarded ACE funding and won IdeasTap Brighton Fringe Award. His short fiction has been published widely in places such as New Writing, Text and Potluck and he holds residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, which relates to work on his first novel, Of Islands. He currently supervises one PhD student in Creative Writing, which relates to the representation of post-traumatic stress disorder in fiction. He is interested in supervising subjects relating to theoretical and disciplinary issues in Creative Writing.
Jordan-Baker, C. (2016) ‘On Cliché: Expression, Cognition and Understanding’. The Great Writing Conference.
Jordan-Baker, C. (2015) ‘Pan-Aesthetics in the Context of Creative Writing’. NAWE Conference.
Jordan-Baker, C. (2016) ‘Peter Abbs and Aesthetic Education’. The Great Writing Conference.
Jordan-Baker, C. (2015) ‘The Philosophy of Creative Writing’. The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. 12:1:2015:238-248.