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Do you publish essays about writers other than the ones interviewed for The Creative Process?
Pieces may be loosely linked to ideas discussed on The Creative Process. Essays may focus on writers other than those interviewed by our project.

I’d like to upload a short video inspired by the authors or ideas discussed in The Creative Process.
That’s great. We have the capacity to upload short videos to our site. If the video is long, we can upload a link with a short description. We are presently collaborating with writers on a number of cross-genre works.

I’d like to upload a visual artwork inspired by The Creative Process.
Visual artworks can be submitted if they accompany or illustrate text-based responses to The Creative Process. (Up to two jpegs accepted.) We are primarily looking for essays, stories, poems, memoir, theater sketches, and other text-based forms of storytelling.

What if the author I’d like to write an essay or other creative work about has already been transcribed? Can I still volunteer and submit a piece about them?
Yes! You can submit a piece about whichever participating author you wish. Pieces don’t even need to be limited to the authors who’ve been interviewed for The Creative Process as long as your piece is in some way linked to the authors or the ideas they’ve discussed. We can send you another author to transcribe, and/or material from your chosen author which may need to be proofed before publishing, etc.

My background isn’t in the literary arts, but I have an idea for an essay related to The Creative Process.
Wonderful. The project is multi-disciplinary. The authors participating in inteviews come from diverse backgrounds. Before becoming writers they studied philosophy, medicine, the exact sciences, psychology, engineering, law, and led varied careers. Some are also musicians, journalists, visual artists, filmmakers... A great number are teachers. If you’ve written an essay or would like us to excerpt a previously published essay on these or other subjects, we’d like to hear from you. (Tell us in a sentence the author who inspired your essay and/or how it relates to their work.)

I am writing a thesis on one of the authors interviewed. If I participate in The Creative Process can I cite material in my thesis?
Volunteers are free to quote up to 15% of the full interviews published on The Creative Process and/or the interlinking online exhibition.

Are there any limitations on the kind of pieces you will publish?
This isn’t a review site and does not publish negative reviews. The Creative Process is a celebration of literature and the humanities meant to inspire students and the general public, as well as being a platform for them to publish their own creative work. Pieces are  not limited to the authors who’ve been interviewed for The Creative Process. We will publish your piece as long as it is in some way linked to the interviewed authors or the ideas they’ve discussed.

Is there a word limit for submissions?
Between 500 to 2,000 words is ideal, but we will accept longer submissions up to 10,000 words.

What is the size of artwork gifted to volunteers? And when will volunteers receive it?
Depending on the length of transcription(s), aspect of The Creative Process you are participating in, or author interview you worked on, the size of the artwork will vary. Artworks gifted to editorial assistants are valued up $250. As the artist is currently engaged in interviews and producing artworks for the travelling exhibition, she will only be able to complete artworks gifted to volunteers when all the interviews are complete, sometime in 2017/8.

I’d like to assist in another aspect of The Creative Process.
Great. In addition to editorial, there are many areas where we need assistance. Just fill in the form above and let us know your area of interest. Since certain aspects of the project may require greater time commitment, you may be gifted a more significant artwork in appreciation of your time.

My English is not strong enough to transcribe interviews. Can I participate in translations?
Let us know the language(s) you’d like to translate and we’ll send you information on doing translations for exhibitions at non-Anglophone universities and the interlinking online exhibition.

My piece isn’t in English. Can I publish it on your site?
We’ll publish pieces which aren’t in English. Please note that may take longer for us to review it prior to publishing on the site.




What Others Have to Say About the Creative Process




“It’s so intriguing, strange and ghostly, I like it. It seems a very good account of what goes on during the creative process. When I worked with the stage production I had to work hard to remember the characters would be visible in the middle distance. My natural range is just as you paint it: a table top away. I see every breath and every blink. What a strange set of illusions we work with.”

author of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies,
recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Man Booker Prize 2009 & 2012

"What has emerged from our experience is that people are drawn to writers as much as to books, and that an understanding of individual authors not only illuminates their works or their national culture but leads to an understanding of the creative process itself. This is why Mia Funk’s The Creative Process is so important and exciting. Her idea is that literature and art are vehicles for bringing people together, and the project is designed as an exhibition for public spaces such as museums, galleries and libraries, where it can be shared by all sections of the community, including universities and cultural centres across America and Europe, where it will be of tremendous benefit. As Ms Funk says, ‘As an artist, I find that writers open up to me in a way they might not to critics. I’m not a journalist. I’m an artist who also writes.’ The interviews she has done are revealing not only of individual writers but of the shared experience of the creative process, and the portraits which accompany them are themselves like interviews in paint."



"The thing is, our culture has started to think about writing and the humanities as if they are peripheral and negotiable – just a dusty sideshow set up alongside the real project, which is making money. But the only way people move toward freedom is to come to some understanding of what is enslaving them, and that, in essence, is what the humanities are: a controlled, generations-long effort to understand and defeat what enslaves us. So we marginalize that process at our own peril. That process is (and has always been) important to cultures."

author of Tenth of December

“I’m honored to be part of the project.”

— Sam Lipstye,
author of The Ask, The Fun Parts



“Thanks so much for this. It’s lovely and it moves me.”

— Michel Faber,
author of The Crimson Petal & the White, Under the Skin,
The Book of Strange New Things, recipient of numerous awards and honors

“[The Creative Process exhibition makes] for a fascinating montage of contemporary ideas and practice. I can see [it] is set to grow and grow.”

— Jane Draycott,
Acting Course Director, MSt Creative Writing Oxford University

“I feel like I’m learning so much. This was an absolute pleasure to transcribe.”

— Lethokuhle Msimang,
Co-Curator of Editorial of the Sorbonne Exhibition of The Creative Process
Founder of the South African Oral History Project
(transcribed and edited Tobias Wolff’s interview, as well as various excerpts for the Sorbonne exhibition)

“Flux is very happy to be a part of this and we will help as much as we can! We love the idea behind The Creative Process and can’t wait to see how it continues.”

— Amelia Goodman,
editor of Flux Magazine, University of Pennsylvania
(transcribed and edited Yiyun Li’s interview)

“This looks great! We’d love to participate. How do we get started?”

— Raluca Alu,
Managing Editor for Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art
Daily Section Editor for Guernica Magazine

“I will be putting together a small committee at the Library here to see what we can do for [The Creative Process].”

— Scott Peterson,
Head, Graduate Services Library
Morrison Library, UC Berkeley

“We look forward to participating in The Creative Process!”

— Trinity College Dublin

“I’m so glad to be a part of this project.”

— Leslie Jamison,
author of The Empathy Exams

“We would be happy to have a copy of the book that documents the exhibition for the Yale Collection of American Literature.”

— Nancy Kuhl,
Curator of Poetry, Yale Collection of American Literature

“The project sounds very compelling and thoughtful.”

— Richard Deming,
Director of Creative Writing, Department of English
Yale University

“The project sounds terrific [...] we’d be thrilled to participate!”

— Jane McKie, 
Lecturer, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
University of Edinburgh

“This sounds like a very interesting project––I would love to have [University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s literary magazine] involved. Just let me know what you need from us to participate.”

— Jodee Stanley,
Director, Creative Writing
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“I would like to express the interest of [University of Milan] hosting an exhibition of “The Creative Process”, due to our constant engagement with literature in many languages. We teach courses and hold complete programs in English, American, Spanish, Latin American, French, Portuguese, Brazilian, Russian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Polish literatures. Furthermore, we used to host readings of poetry and lectures of different specialists. We also organize an important event centred on literature which is called “BookCity” and involves many other institutions in Milan area. [...] As our ties with literature stretch well beyond works written in English, we hope writers from other areas can be showcased in “The Creative Process”, and we will be glad to propose some names, if needed.

I hope to hear from you soon, in order to involve our library as for what concerns the display of the accordion book, and to get acquainted with other details of the process. Thank you very much and good luck with the project.”

— Prof. Alessandro Cassol,
Presidente del Collegio Didattico di Lingue
Università degli Studi di Milano [University of Milan]

“I’d be glad to do an interview and to discuss how American Literature might participate.”

— Priscilla Wald PhD,
Duke University

“Our editor is interested in participating. How might we help?”

— Jenna Hammerich,
Deputy Managing Ed., The Iowa Review

“This sounds like a wonderful project.”

— Lyn Hejinian,
Professor of English, UC Berkeley

“[MIT] would be interested in hosting the exhibition and being involved in the project.”

— Tom Rosko,
Institute Archivist and Head,
Institute Archives and Special Collections, MIT Libraries



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