This article connects the creative writing discipline to archives, and talks about why and where these areas intersect. Topics covered include: common struggles of researchers coming into the archives, concepts necessary to understanding archives that creative writers may not yet know (for instance, how archives apply copyright, use fees, etc.), how to approach archives for help with workshops or classes, and how to approach archives for creative writing projects. The authors also surveyed a handful of writers with experience working with archives. The result is a portion of this article that compiles the best advice from these writers on using archives for their work. The article also includes a discussion of how the context and genre of a writing project can determine what archival materials may be important to view, and the advantages and complexities of digital archives for creative writers.
Wahl, Erin Renee and Pierce, Pamela
"How Creative Writers can work with Archivists: A Crash Course in Cooperation and Perspectives,"
Journal of Creative Writing Studies: Vol. 6:
1, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarworks.rit.edu/jcws/vol6/iss1/1