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Tom Woodin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091117

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091117.001.0001

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The workshop and working-class writing

The workshop and working-class writing

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(p.94) 5 The workshop and working-class writing
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Working-class writing and publishing in the late-twentieth century
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Tom Woodin

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091117.003.0006

The writing produced in workshops explored varied forms of expression including autobiography, short stories, dialect, drama, poetry and novels. Overall there were significant debates about the nature and meaning of working class writing and whether it had any distinctive features. Divisions between forms of writing were actively challenged and new forms of subjectivity and ways of representing experience were developed. However, there were also pressures to write within existing forms. New modes of expression could become tiring after a time when different approaches were required. Overall writing in the Fed was marked by the creative interpretation of experience and vernacular voice. It reveals tensions between bearing witness and creative interpretation and between representing a collective social experience and the individual life story.

Keywords:   Working class, Workshop, Autobiography, Short story, Voice, Dialect, Poetry, Novels, Working class writing, Subjectivity

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