The Science of Science Fiction Writing

What is it that literary fiction has largely forsaken? What is narrative, and what does it do? I have spent fifty years writing stories, constructing narratives that I hoped to sell, and have been reasonably successful: I have written ...

Author: James Gunn

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461673583

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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Written by one of the leading authorities on writing, publishing and teaching science fiction, The Science of Science Fiction Writing offers the opportunity to share in the knowledge James Gunn has acquired over the past forty years. He reflects on the fiction-writing process and how to teach it, and the ideas he has shared with his students about how to do it effectively and how to get it published afterwards. The first section discusses why people read fiction, the parts of the short story, the strategy of the science fiction author, scene as the smallest dramatic unit, how to speak well in print, suspense in fiction, how to say the right thing, and how to give constructive criticism. The second section takes a more philosophical approach. Here, Gunn elaborates on the origins of science fiction, its definition, the worldview of science fiction, and the characters that appear in science fiction novels. The third section highlights well-known sci-fi authors: H.G. Wells, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore, and others, and the impact they have had on the development and progression of science fiction.

Stimulating Non Fiction Writing

Their writing challenge is to write the recipe for this new 'magic medicine', paying particular attention to their ... (2017: 28) recognise the 'power of food' to stimulate non-fiction writing, especially in light of the national ...

Author: Emma Hughes-Evans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351581424

Category: Education

Page: 166

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Stimulating Non-Fiction Writing! Inspiring Children Aged 7-11 offers innovative and exciting ways to engage children in non-fiction writing, giving professionals the confidence and practical advice that they need to support children in producing quality non-fiction texts in the classroom. Packed full of interesting ideas, resource suggestions and practical activities, the book explores the various ways professionals can purposefully encourage ‘child authors’ to develop their non-fiction writing skills. Tried-and-tested resources, ‘Gold star!’ tips and practical suggestions are underpinned by research-informed teaching strategies and academic information to strengthen professional practice associated with the teaching of non-fiction writing. By taking a stimulating approach to each text type and linking activities to known texts and stimuli, the book offers differentiated advice for working with children in Lower and Upper Key stage 2. Chapters consider text types that include: Instructions Persuasive texts Non-chronological reports Correspondence texts Discussion texts This new text is the perfect guide for inspiring children aged 7-11 in the classroom and will energise and enrich classroom provision and practice by being an essential resource for teachers and students on teacher training courses.

Fiction Writing Master Class

Some writers have found meditation increases imagination.20 Others suggest that nootropics have a valid place in boosting creative thought.21 If a genius like Philip K. Dick was interested in enhancing creativity, it stands to reason ...

Author: William Cane

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599639994

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

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Want to find your voice? Learn from the best! In your development as a writer, you've likely been told to develop your own unique writing style, as if it were as simple as pulling it out of thin air. But finding your voice isn't easy--it requires time, practice, and a thorough understanding of how great fiction is written. Fiction Writing Master Class analyzes the writing styles of twenty-one superior novelists including Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, Ray Bradbury, and many others. This fascinating and insightful guide mines the writing secrets of these exceptional authors and shows you how to use them to develop a writing style that stands out in a crowd. You'll discover how to: • Create characters as memorable as Herman Melville's Captain Ahab • Master point of view with techniques from Fyodor Dostoevsky • Pick up the pace by keeping your sentences lean like Ernest Hemingway • Incorporate sensual details like James Bond creator Ian Fleming • Add suspense to your story by following the lead of horror master Stephen King And that's not all, Fiction Writing Master Class is your key to understanding and implementing the proven techniques of history's greatest authors, taking your writing to a whole new level of excellence in the process.

How to Teach Fiction Writing at Key Stage 2

There is a 'fictional space' that writers enter. It is like a trance. In the same way that a reader is transported into a secondary world where the mind's eye sees the story unfold, so too the writer has to enter a fictional space to ...

Author: Pie Corbett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781853468339

Category: Education

Page: 52

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A practical manual for teachers focuses on key aspects of developing children's storywriting and includes creative ideas and activities.

Fiction Writer s Companion

I've just finished reading [ another author's ] book on fiction writing ... you have taken 60 pages to say more than he did in a few hundred . " -Michael Woodhouse . Practical Books , Australia " Fiction Writer's Companion is just what ...

Author: L. M. Shubailey

Publisher: Anaphase II Publishing

ISBN: 0945962126

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 120

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"Fiction Writer's Companion" is the most concise helpmate ever conceived. The elements of plot design are where the action is, this book shows how to create believable, intense, and interesting characters.

Research Methods in Creative Writing

Donna Lee Brien Chapter summary Although non-fiction writing has been a core part of such disciplines as history, journalism and literature (in the form of writing articles, essays and books), creative writers often find the ...

Author: Jeri Kroll

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350309210

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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A guide to the modes and methods of Creative Writing research, designed to be invaluable to university staff and students in formulating research ideas, and in selecting appropriate strategies. Creative writing researchers from around the globe offer a selection of models that readers can explore and on which they can build.

Teaching Creative Writing to Second Language Learners

what fantasy and science fiction is and then try their hands at world building because science fiction and fantasy often require writers to invent entire worlds. After this, I encourage them to write stories of their own.

Author: Ryan Thorpe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000467406

Category: Education

Page: 294

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This timely and accessible book offers engaging guidance to teachers of second language students on teaching creative writing in their classrooms. Creative writing is a tool that can inspire second language learners to write more, play with language, and enjoy and improve not only their writing, but also their speaking, listening, and reading skills. Addressing the expectations and perceptions of writing in another language, Thorpe demonstrates how to foster successful creative writing environments and teach and assess creative writing in a way that is tailored to the distinct needs of non-native speakers. Covering key topics such as cultural storytelling, voice, genre, and digital composition, assessment, and more, Thorpe shares successful creative writing instructional practices informed by current research in creative writing and second language education. Each chapter includes insights, advice, and student examples that can help new teachers take their first steps in more reflective second language creative writing classroom. An invaluable resource for instructors of non-native students and an ideal text for pre-service teachers in courses in TESOL, writing instruction, and applied linguistics, this book invites you to use creative writing not only as a successful method for teaching L2 writing, but also as a way to improve student motivation and output, for more effective language learning.

Creative Writing

This chapter begins by highlighting the importance of revision, taking into account the myriad approaches that authors take to writing fiction. It highlights ways in which revision is a fluid and continual process, something that can ...

Author: Graeme Harper

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350309562

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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This stimulating edited collection focuses on the practice of revision across all creative writing genres, providing a guide to the modes and methods of drafting, revising and editing. Offering an overview of how creative writing is generated and improved, the chapters address questions of how creative writers revise, why editing is such a crucial part of the creative process and how understanding the theories underpinning revision can enhance writers' projects. Innovative and thought-provoking, this book is ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students of creative writing, along with all creative writers looking to hone and polish their craft.

Encyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers

In recent years he has supplemented his fiction-writing income with work as a university professor in New South Wales. A long-time diabetic, Corris wrote a well-received memoir on the subject, Sweet and Sour: A Diabetic Life.

Author: Lee Server

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438109121

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 321

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Provides an introduction to American pulp fiction during the twentieth century with brief author biographies and lists of their works.

The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook

Both these conditions differ from those implied by fiction writing , where communication has not been established previously , will not continue afterwards , and does not rely on the listener's or reader's prior acquaintance with the ...

Author: Paul Mills

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415317851

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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This step-by-step practical guide to the process of creative writing provides genre-based chapters, including life writing, novels and short stories, poetry, and screenwriting.