Mission and Call for Papers

Call for Drafts for Third Number:

Submissions are now sought for the third number of Writing Macao:creative text and teaching, to appear in mid- 2005 and already under construction. Contributions are particularly sought in the area of theory and practice relating to the teaching of creative writing in English in non-native contexts. We welcome as well stories and poems that deal with a cross cultural and place specific setting. We’d also like to see more pieces focused on the teaching of creative writing or other creative practices in places where cultures mix. The deadline for papers is April, 2005. Submissions of creative work will also now be accepted.


(Can contributors please note that due to a computer failure a number of submissions were lost over the summer [or winter for those in the southern hemisphere]. Apologies to those concerned. We would be grateful if anyone who has submitted since June and not received a response could send again.)


Writing Macao publishes creative writing and theoretical work related to the teaching of creative writing in English in non-native contexts.

Writing Macao is a peer-reviewed on-line international English language journal appearing annually.


Creative work published in Writing Macao gives preference to work in any imaginative genre (or cross-genre) focused on or dealing with:

-       the situation and experience of non-natives in English

-       the post-colonial situation and experience

-       hybrid and intercultural experiences and situations in general

-       meetings of Asian and European cultures and languages

-       orientalisms and related issues of identity and alterity

-       inter-cultural, inter-textual and inter-disciplinary discourses

-       translation as creative process, styles and degrees of translation

-       the East Asian and Asian Pacific situation and experience

-       South China, Cantonese culture and Macao in particular

Writing Macao’s working definition of creative writing includes poetry, prose fiction, drama, creative non-fiction, ficto-criticism, literary translation and various hybrids of these.

Writing Macao is interested in publishing stories that represent other local contexts and is  interested in developing partnerships – institutional or individual – along those lines.

Writing Macao also aims to publish the work of visual artists relevant to its general creative agenda.


Theoretical work published in Writing Macao covers a wide range of disciplines and topics, including scholarly writing and the results of research relating to:

-       all of the creative writing focuses listed above

-       various interdisciplinary approaches to these and related issues

-       the role of the creative arts in the teaching of non-native learners generally and at the university level in particular.


In particular Writing Macao offers a venue for the publication of scholarly work concerning the teaching of creative writing

-       relevant to foreign and second language contexts for the learning of English

-       in East Asia and the Asia Pacific regions

-       and as this concerns the intercultural, post-colonial and/or neo-colonial situation.


Material published includes writing directly and indirectly related to teaching methods, classroom practices, curriculum and syllabus issues, together with practical plans and ideas for teaching and self-access strategies. It includes reviews of relevant publications.

Writing Macao will publish on issues in the philosophy of education and in the broad field of ‘theory’ as these are relevant to the situation of creative writing pedagogies in a non-native setting.

The broad compass of the journal’s theoretical side will be the processes of learning and teaching and writing as these relate to the non-native’s imaginative writing product in English.


Writing Macao takes Macao’s situation as exemplary of the intercultural, the post-colonial and the world position of English as a non-native means of creative expression.

To emphasise the process aspect of the journal, for this second issue we are putting materials up on the web in stages as they come in and while our call for new materials (papers, stories, poems, pictures) continues. The call for the second issue is now extended to the end of September 2004. So there’s still time to contribute and there is much material already promised.  

        The third issue of Writing Macao is already under construction. Centrepiece for this issue is the Stories for Macao book series. The stories in the series are written in English, by Macao people, almost all of them students (or former students) of the University of Macau. The stories in this series have been carefully selected and re-edited from work already published in draft form. These stories are part of the output of the ‘Poems and Stories of Macao Research Project’. That project, in the English Department at the University of Macau, aims to encourage the use of English for creative expression and to promote Macao culture. The simple idea behind the project is that reading and writing literature is a valuable way to improve everyone’s English. Reading and writing literature about your own place is also an important way of addressing some fundamental questions about where and how and who you are. Our first set of three volumes published in this issue contains forty stories and represents the work of more than fifty authors, all from or living in Macao and most currently teaching English in Macao schools. These three volumes represent Books 4,5 and 6 of an envisaged ten volume series, the first three of which will be aimed at a primary school audience, the last volumes in which will be aimed at an upper secondary and tertiary audience. Books 4,5 and 6 are aimed at a junior and senior high school readership. Each book is accompanied by sets of exercises for use in the classroom and at home. These exercises are designed to help the learner with grammar, vocabulary and comprehension. They are also designed to help the reader become a writer – a creative writer – of stories about Macao.


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Please send expressions of interest and/or abstracts or complete papers to:


Dr Christopher Kelen,

Assistant Professor,

English Department,

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,

University of Macau, P.O. Box 3001

Taipa, Macao S.A.R., China


853 838 312 (fax)


e-mail: KitKelen@umac.mo