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Archives and Creative Writing

This guide offers resources, prompts, and readings about how to use archival materials for creative writing projects.

Questions to Consider

Consider the following questions from "Using Archives and Special Collections in Creative Writing Research"

  • How might you use this resource for Creative Writing research?

  • What can you learn about the historical and local context in which the resource was created?

  • Who was the author/creator of the resource and what can you learn about them?

  • Why do you think this particular resource was preserved by its creator and/or by the archive?

  • What gaps or absences can you detect?

Creative Prompts