Writers’ Creativity Bibliography

I compiled this bibliography of research articles about writers’ creativity published in writing studies journals between 2011-2021. These articles may be useful for teachers, scholars, and writers who want to learn more about how writers use creativity. The list is also available in Google Document form.

RAD Research about Creativity in Writing

Note: RAD research is replicable, aggregable, and data-driven. Raters determined these articles as meeting the criteria of a RAD rubric based on Driscoll and Perdue’s 2012 publication in Writing Center Journal.

  • Alexander, K. P., DePalma, M.-J., & Ringer, J. M. (2016). Adaptive Remediation and the Facilitation of Transfer in Multiliteracy Center Contexts. Computers and Composition, 41, 32–45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2016.04.005 
  • Andrews, C. D. M. (2020). Why major in writing? Hyperpragmatism and writing program websites. Computers and Composition, 58, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2020.102603 
  • Bremner, S., Peirson-Smith, A., Jones, R., & Bhatia, V. (2014). Task Design and Interaction in Collaborative Writing: The Students’ Story. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 77(2), 150–168. https://doi.org/10.1177/2329490613514598 
  • Crossley, S. A., Muldner, K., & McNamara, D. S. (2016). Idea Generation in Student Writing: Computational Assessments and Links to Successful Writing. Written Communication, 33(3), 328–354. https://doi.org/10.1177/0741088316650178 
  • Elabdali, R., & Arnold, N. (2020). Group Dynamics across Interaction Modes in L2 Collaborative Wiki Writing. Computers and Composition, 58, 102607. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2020.102607 
  • Evans, T. R., & Steptoe-Warren, G. (2018). Humor Style Clusters: Exploring Managerial Humor. International Journal of Business Communication, 55(4), 443–454. https://doi.org/10.1177/2329488415612478 
  • Hughes, B. (2020). Galvanizing Goals: What Early- Career Disciplinary Faculty Want to Learn about WAC Pedagogy. The WAC Journal, 23–65. https://doi.org/10.37514/WAC-J.2020.31.1.02 
  • Henningsen, D. D., & Henningsen, M. L. M. (2019). Exploring the Effects of Policies Promoting Political Correctness in the Workplace. International Journal of Business Communication, 00(0), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1177/2329488419866893
  • Lauring, J., & Klitmøller, A. (2017). Inclusive Language Use in Multicultural Business Organizations: The Effect on Creativity and Performance. International Journal of Business Communication, 54(3), 306–324. https://doi.org/10.1177/2329488415572779 
  • McDonough, K., Crawford, W. J., & Mackey, A. (2015). Creativity and EFL Students’ Language Use During a Group Problem-Solving Task. TESOL Quarterly, 49(1), 188–199. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesq.211 
  • Moreau, C. (2020). Teams That Innovate: The Language of Difference-Driven Inquiry at the Workplace. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 83(4), 385–408. https://doi.org/10.1177/2329490620949864 
  • Rowell, C., & Flick, A. (2019). “I could get lit to Madonna:” Soundscapes & the First Year Writer’s Composing Process. Computers and Composition, 54, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2019.102513 
  • Rajan, P. (2021). Making When Ends Don’t Meet: Articulation Work and Visibility of Domestic Labor during Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Innovation on the Margins. Technical Communication Quarterly, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2021.1906449 
  • Sarraf, K. S. (2021). Representations of Creativity by Posters in Freelance Writing Internet Forums. Technical Communication Quarterly, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2021.1915387 
  • Zhang, Y., & Saari Kitalong, K. (2015). Influences on Creativity in Technical Communication: Invention, Motivation, and Constraints. Technical Communication Quarterly, 24(3), 199–216. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2015.1043028

    Non-RAD Research about Creativity in Writing
  • Anders, A. (2016). Flipping the Composing Process: Collaborative Drafting and Résumé Writing. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 79(1), 102–118. https://doi.org/10.1177/2329490615602251 
  • Beck, E. (2020). Discovering Maker Literacies: Tinkering with a Constructionist Approach and Maker Competencies. Computers and Composition, 58, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2020.102604 
  • Carpenter, R. G., & Apostel, S. (2017). A Space to Play, A Space to Compose A Model for Creative Collaborations and Composition Practices. In J. P. Purdy & N. DeVoss (Eds.), Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies. University of Michigan Press. Retrieved June 23, 2021, from https://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/makingspace/ch6a.html 
  • Casey, R. (2020). Creativity and Collaboration: The Relationship of Fact and Fiction in Personal Writing. Xchanges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Writing Across the Curriculum, 14(2). http://www.xchanges.org/creativity-and-collaboration
  • Clokie, T. L., & Fourie, E. (2016). Graduate Employability and Communication Competence: Are Undergraduates Taught Relevant Skills? Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 79(4), 442–463. https://doi.org/10.1177/2329490616657635 
  • DePalma, M.-J., & Alexander, K. P. (2015). A Bag Full of Snakes: Negotiating the Challenges of Multimodal Composition. Computers and Composition, 37, 182–200. https://doi.org/dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2015.06.008
  • Faminial, I. R. (2016). Semantic deviation in Marge Piercy’s “The Secretary Chant.” Asian Journal of English Language Studies, 4, 23–33. 
  • Hyland, K. (2012). Individuality or conformity? Identity in personal and university academic homepages. Computers and Composition, 29, 309–322.
  • Kiddie, T. J. (2014). Text(ing) in Context: The Future of Workplace Communication in the United States. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 77(1), 65–88. https://doi.org/10.1177/2329490613511493 
  • Mayfield, M., & Mayfield, J. (2017). Leader Talk and the Creative Spark: A Research Note on How Leader Motivating Language Use Influences Follower Creative Environment Perceptions. International Journal of Business Communication, 54(2), 210–225. https://doi.org/10.1177/2329488416687057 
  • McLellan, J. (2015). Idioms across languages, and implications for ESL in Mother-tongue-based Multilingual Education contexts. Asian Journal of English Language Studies, 3, 15. 
  • Preston, J. (2015). Project(ing) Literacy:Writing to Assemble in a Postcomposition FYW Classroom. College Composition and Communication, 67(1), 35–63. 
  • Rule, H. (2013). The Difficulties of Thinking through Freewriting. Composition Forum, 27, 1–18. 
  • Santos, M. C., & McIntyre, M. M. (n.d.). Toward a technical communication made whole: Disequilibrium, creativity, and postpedagogy. Composition Forum, 33, Spring 2016. 
  • Stedman, K. D. (2012). Remix Literacy and Fan Compositions. Computers and Composition, 29, 107–123. https://doi.org/dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2012.02.002 
  • Stewart, M. K. (2018). Digital Invention: A Repository of Online Resources for College Composition Instruction. Xchanges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Writing Across the Curriculum, 10(2). http://www.xchanges.org/digital-invention-a-repository-of 
  • Sullivan, R. (2019). Troubling Structures: A Material-Embodied Pedagogy of Technical Difficulty. Computers and Composition, 53, 47–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2019.05.004