A Writer s Craft

Beginning by discussing elements common to all genres, this book underscores the importance of learning good writing habits before committing to a genre, encouraging writers to look beyond their genre expectations and learn from other forms ...

Author: Kendall Dunkelberg

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137610966

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This introductory creative writing text uses a unique, multi-genre approach to provide students with a broad-based knowledge of their craft, treating them as professional writers. Beginning by discussing elements common to all genres, this book underscores the importance of learning good writing habits before committing to a genre, encouraging writers to look beyond their genre expectations and learn from other forms. The book then devotes one chapter to each of the major literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama and creative nonfiction. These style-specific sections provide depth as they compare the different genres, furnishing students with a comprehensive understanding of creative writing as a discipline and fostering creativity. The discussion concludes with a chapter on digital media and an appendix on literary citizenship and publishing. With exercises at the end of each chapter, a glossary of literary terms, and a list of resources for further study, A Writer’s Craft is the ideal companion to an introductory creative writing class.

The Creative Writer s Craft Softcover Student Edition

The Creative Writer's Craft is organized by genre into three sections - Poetry, Fiction, and Drama.

Author: McGraw-Hill Education

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 0844257168

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 379

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The Creative Writer's Craft is organized by genre into three sections - Poetry, Fiction, and Drama. It offers students the opportunity to explore and develop crafting skills for writing various types of poems, short stories, and one act plays. The lessons and writing activities encourage students to develop a writer's attitude, embracing the writing process rather than the final result.

Playing With Words

Drawing on years of experience of writing, teaching and publishing, this book offers essential tools for anyone interested in honing their craft.

Author: Shelley Davidow

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137532541

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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Drawing on years of experience of writing, teaching and publishing, this book offers essential tools for anyone interested in honing their craft. With a variety of exercises and freewriting prompts to help you try new styles and approaches, it is suitable for aspiring poets, non-fiction writers, novelists and all lovers of words.

Critical Creative Writing

Bringing together 25 essential works of creative writing criticism in a single volume, this is a comprehensive introduction to the key debates in creative writing today, from the ethics of appropriation to the politics of literary ...

Author: Janelle Adsit

Publisher:

ISBN: 1350023353

Category: Creative writing

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"Bringing together 25 essential works of creative writing criticism in a single volume, this is a comprehensive introduction to the key debates in creative writing today, from the ethics of appropriation to the politics of literary evaluation. Critical Creative Writing covers such topics as: Craft & Politics Language & Community Identity & Authorship Representation & Counternarrative Appropriation & Intertextuality Evaluation & Genre The book anthologizes critical essays written by international literary writers. Each essay is contextualized with an introduction as well as sample questions, writing prompts and suggested readings. The book also has a companion website (www.criticalcreativewriting.org) offering supplemental materials such as lesson plans and course materials. Includes writings by: Ayana Mathis, Leslie Marmon Silko, Craig Santos Perez, Natasha Sajé, Porochista Khakpour, Taiye Selasi, Michael Nardone, Conchitina Cruz, Benjamin Paloff, Dorothy Wang, and many more"--

Re Writing Craft

(Re)Writing Craft focuses on the gap that exists in many English departments between creative writers and compositionists on one hand, and literary scholars on the other, in an effort to radically transform the way English studies are ...

Author: Tim Mayers

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 9780822973287

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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(Re)Writing Craft focuses on the gap that exists in many English departments between creative writers and compositionists on one hand, and literary scholars on the other, in an effort to radically transform the way English studies are organized and practiced today. In proposing a new form of writing he calls "craft criticism," Mayers, himself a compositionist and creative writer, explores the connections between creative writing and composition studies programs, which currently exist as separate fields within the larger and more amorphous field of English studies. If creative writing and composition studies are brought together in productive dialogue, they can, in his view, succeed in inverting the common hierarchy in English departments that privileges interpretation of literature over the teaching of writing.

The Creative Writer

Building on the introductory volume, The Creative Writer: Five Finger Exercises, a latest entry in the four-part series guides writing students through the creation of sophisticated short fiction and mature poetry with coverage of topics ...

Author: Boris Fishman

Publisher: Creative Writer

ISBN: 1933339578

Category: Education

Page: 298

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Building on the introductory volume, The Creative Writer: Five Finger Exercises, a latest entry in the four-part series guides writing students through the creation of sophisticated short fiction and mature poetry with coverage of topics ranging from plot and character creation to establishing setting and achieving evocative dialogue. Original.

Beyond Craft

A much-needed alternative to the traditional craft guide, this text pairs advice and exercises on composition with an illuminating commentary on the issues surrounding these very techniques.

Author: Steve Westbrook

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350119475

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Simultaneously a handbook and a critique of one, Beyond Craft combines an orientation to the field of creative writing with an insight into current scholarship surrounding creative writing pedagogy. A much-needed alternative to the traditional craft guide, this text pairs advice and exercises on composition with an illuminating commentary on the issues surrounding these very techniques. Teaching the craft whilst apprising students of the issues of craft pedagogy, this book allows them to gain an awareness of how current pedagogy comes at the expense of larger and increasingly relevant cultural concerns. Westbrook and Ryan bring emerging writers into the larger conversations that define the field, inviting them to: - Contextualize their own writing practices and educational experiences in relation to the history of creative writing as an academic discipline. - Determine how New Critical lore and Romantic mythology may affect-even distort-their understanding of literary production. - Critically examine their notions of authorship, collaboration, and invention in relation to contemporary literary and rhetorical theory. - Understand and evaluate the economic, social, political, and professional challenges facing creative writers today. - Analyze the contemporary literary marketplace not only to identify potential publication contexts but also to understand how issues of diversity and bias affect writing communities. - Reflect on how increasingly rapid technological developments may affect their own writing and the future of literature. Earnestly self-aware throughout, Beyond Craft both inducts new writers into the field of creative writing and infuses them with an understanding of the wider dialogue surrounding their craft.

Craft Consciousness and Artistic Practice in Creative Writing

This book examines the theories and histories that define craft as a collaborative, anti-capitalistic, process-based philosophy that intervenes in traditions that exclude some writers from making art.

Author: Ben Ristow

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 1350120685

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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As a mode of consciousness, craft does not follow the tropes of technique; and instead writers, as with all artists, explore material, formal, and aesthetic conditions through the development of an individual project and their evolution as artists over time. This book examines the theories and histories that define craft as a collaborative, anti-capitalistic, process-based philosophy that intervenes in traditions that exclude some writers from making art. Drawing from 25 interviews across the disciplines, Craft Consciousness and Artistic Practice in Creative Writing examines how artists traverse material, disciplinary, generic, and sociocultural factors that define them and their practice. It also argues that creative writers are artists who use craft consciousness as an exploratory, invention method that defies definitions of genre, discipline, or form. Craft consciousness revolutionizes the way we conceptualize and liberate the practicing artist who teaches and designs graduate programs for creative writers.

The Creative Screenwriter

This is a book to return to again and again.

Author: Craig Batty

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408155196

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Creativity is becoming increasingly important in an age of advanced audience sophistication. It's no longer enough to follow standard writing techniques - becoming a first-class screenwriter demands not only a command of craft, but an understanding of how to unleash and harness creativity. "The Creative Screenwriter" offers a wealth of inspiring writing exercises designed to help you produce better, more exciting scripts. Each essential area of screenwriting is covered in its own chapter, from learning how to build stories and finding good ideas, to deepening characters and experimenting with structure, to enhancing scene writing and improving pitching. Finally, a range of innovative DIY Script Surgeries encourage you to find solutions to common screenwriting problems, such as overcoming writer's block, managing the rewrite and selling your work. This is a book to return to again and again. It is a guide for aspiring screenwriters who want to develop a powerful writing practice; a manual for teachers and students seeking discussion and reflection; a bible for professionals wanting to hone their craft and solve script struggles. It will rekindle the creative spark; remind you of why you love writing; and help to express the stories you want to tell – and sell!

Imaginative Writing

This new chapter introduces writers to important skills such as reading like a writer, journaling, and participating in the writer's workshop. This book offers lots of ideas and encouragement at a great price!

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: PSU:000068148867

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 394

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Janet Burroway's bestselling Imaginative Writng: The Elements of Craft explores the craft of creative writing in four genres: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction. A trade author as well as a professor of creative writing, Burroway brings her years of teaching and writing to this book. "Try-This" exercises appear throughout each chapter. Provocative and fun, these exercises help writers develop the specific writing skills discussed within the text. “Working toward a draft” exercises encourage writers to develop their ideas into complete drafts. In response to reviewer requests, the preface “Invitation to the Writer” has been expanded into a full chapter. This new chapter introduces writers to important skills such as reading like a writer, journaling, and participating in the writer's workshop. This book offers lots of ideas and encouragement at a great price!

Naming the World

For any writer struggling with his craft, here is the equivalent of a master class in writing by some of the best writer/teachers around.” –Betsy Lerner, author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers

Author: Bret Anthony Johnston

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307488589

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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You already have the tools to become a gifted writer; what you need is the spark. Harvard creative writing professor and acclaimed author Bret Anthony Johnston brings you an irresistible interactive guide to the craft of narrative writing. From developing characters to building conflict, from mastering dialogue to setting the scene, Naming the World jump-starts your creativity with inspiring exercises that will have you scrambling for pen and paper. Every chapter is a master class with the country’s most eminent authors, renowned editors, and dedicated teachers. • Infuse emotion into your fiction with three key strategies from Margot Livesey. • Christopher Castellani dumps the “write what you know” maxim and challenges you to really delve into the imagination. • A point-of-view drill from Susan Straight can be just the breakthrough you need to flesh out your story. • Jewell Parker Rhodes shares how good dialogue is not just about what is being said but about what is being left unsaid. Brimming with imaginative springboards and hands-on exercises, Naming the World has everything you need to become a stronger, more inventive writer. “A delicious book. Imagine yourself at a cocktail party crammed with literary lions. You have the chance to spend a few moments with each of them. Wit and wisdom abound.” –Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way “A highly useful and perceptive book. With charm and intelligence it touches on nearly every teachable aspect of the devilishly difficult art of writing.” –Ethan Canin, professor of creative writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and author of Carry Me Across the Water “These entertaining and useful exercises, intelligently organized, are a boon for both beginning and experienced writers.” –Andrea Barrett, National Book Award—winning author of The Air We Breathe “Forget about getting an MFA! For any writer struggling with his craft, here is the equivalent of a master class in writing by some of the best writer/teachers around.” –Betsy Lerner, author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers

The Creative Writer Level Three Building Your Craft The Creative Writer

The third volume of the four-book series that guides students into the creation of sophisticated short fiction and mature poetry. • Complements Peace Hill Press’s expository series Writing With Skill by providing the imaginative element ...

Author: Boris Fishman

Publisher: Peace Hill Press

ISBN: 9781942968290

Category: Education

Page: 215

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The third volume of the four-book series that guides students into the creation of sophisticated short fiction and mature poetry. • Complements Peace Hill Press’s expository series Writing With Skill by providing the imaginative element that many students want. • Unlike most “how to write” books, these are designed to be used in a mentor/student relationship, with teaching, guidance, and evaluation tips provided for the mentor or teacher. • All exercises build towards the production of finished creative pieces • Sequential, logical, step-by-step instruction • The third level builds on the introductory volume, The Creative Writer: Five Finger Exercises, but can be started directly by older students. • Instruction in the five essentials of fiction: plot, characters, dialogue, point of view, and setting. Level Three leads students into the construction of more complex plots, evocative settings, and three-dimensional characters • Guidance in the essential art of poetry: sound, rhythm, word choice, and poem construction. Level Three draws students into even more sophisticated use of words and themes.

Writing True

This book shows writers of all ages how to find and develop nonfiction topics that matter to them--in ways that make readers care too.

Author: Sondra Perl

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 1133307434

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 390

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This book shows writers of all ages how to find and develop nonfiction topics that matter to them--in ways that make readers care too. It emphasizes writing for discovery, not just writing what one knows. It emphasizes a strong authorial presence (voice) and a convincing point of view. Most important, it not only tells but also shows how writing true involves the poet's attention to language, the fiction writer's power of storytellling, the journalist's pursuit of fact, and the scholar's reliance on research. The first part of the book offers ten practical chapters from getting started to turning first ideas into finished work. Topics include: The Power of the Notebook, Ten Ways to a Draft, Taking Shape, Finding Voice, Twenty Ways to Talk About Writing, The Craft of Revision, The Role of Research, The Ethics of Creative Nonfiction, Workshopping a Draft, and Exploring New Media. The second part of the book is an anthology of the best nonfiction writing for aspiring writers to read and study in order to write with creativity, integrity, and authenticity. Organized by form, they include Memoir, Personal Essay, Portrait, Essay of Place, Narrative Journalism, and Short Shorts. Selections represent a variety of experience from classic masters (E.B.White and George Orwell) to major contemporary writers (such as Alice Walker, Stephen Dunn, and Scott Russell Sanders) to up and coming writers (such as E.J. Levy and Amy Butcher). The anthology also includes "Stories of Craft," with five prominent writers, including Patricia Hampl and Sue Miller, describing the challenges and rewards of writing engaging nonfiction.

The Creative Writer s Toolbelt

Here’s what readers have said about the book: - "A unique and comprehensive handbook... it lays the foundations and then helps you build." - "A refreshing change to many writing books.

Author: Andrew J Chamberlain

Publisher: Storycraft Press

ISBN: 9781838448004

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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The Creative Writer's Toobelt gives you all the tools you need to be a better writer and produce great work. The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt Handbook draws on the very best of the podcast to give you practical, accessible advice for all of the dimensions of the craft, backed up with examples from classic and contemporary literature, and leavened with advice from dozens of professional writers, artists, editors and agents. With sections covering: story structure and plot, character development, setting, worldbuilding, punctuation, grammar, theme, tone, voice, genre, and much much more. Here’s what readers have said about the book: - "A unique and comprehensive handbook... it lays the foundations and then helps you build." - "A refreshing change to many writing books." - "I've found so few advice givers as competent and informative as Andrew Chamberlain" Each chapter covers an aspect of the craft, giving you insights that you can apply immediately to your own writing, and providing you with the confidence to go on to explore and develop your skills. Aspects of the craft covered include: Chapter 1: Creating a Story Learn the classic shape of stories and understand why throughout history, one particular approach to story construction has been so successful. Chapter 2: Characters and characterisation Explore the two primary aspects of characterisation: character essence and goal motivation and passion. Learn why getting these aspects right is most of the hard work of character development. Chapter 3: Setting, world-building, and research Understand the two critical requirements of a setting - that it be credible and immersive. Grounded with examples, we also look at the best way to gather and apply research, with expert insights into the process, and guidance on the important issue of understanding and writing characters who do not reflect our own heritage. Chapter 4: Tools of the trade Understand how to use the most important tools of the craft; from 'showing not telling' to point of view and foreshadowing to exploiting the power of sensory description. Chapter 5: The building blocks of writing Explore the techniques for harnessing the power of punctuation and structure, understand the power of verbs in driving the pace of a sentence. Chapter 6: The sound of your writing Unlock the secrets of tone, style, and voice, and wield the sharpest tools available to you: clarity, brevity, and precision. Chapter 7: Story identity - Genre and theme Explore the strategies for harnessing genre and trope to reassure and absorb the reader. See how symbol, dilemma, and innovation interweave with theme and moral, and how to apply these aspects to enrich and enhance our work. Chapter 8: The Writer's Life Living well is a step towards writing well. From physical health to mental and emotional wellbeing, the handbook offers suggestions for the writer's life. This chapter also explores the author experience with publishers and some thoughts on how to effectively market both ourselves as writers and our work.

Inside Creative Writing

Obviously, some of this is concerned with what is sometimes called 'skills' or 'craft'
. But this seems a narrow way of describing the knowledge creative writers use,
knowledge they have, knowledge they acquire, or even knowledge they provide
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Author: Graeme Harper

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137294371

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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What is involved in the act of creative writing? How do renowned authors such as Robert Pinsky, Iain Banks and Philip Pullman write? Proving that there is no single way of writing creatively, Inside Creative Writing features original interviews with award-winning authors from around the globe and reveals the different ways in which they speak of their writing lives. Organised around central themes such as drafting, writing habits and skills, the book explores a wide variety of approaches to the craft of creative writing. With practical exercises and reflective questions tied to each theme, this is essential reading for all practising and aspiring creative writers interested in how they are forging their own, unique ways of working.

The Creative Writing Workbook

This is a companion to The Creative Writing Handbook - now in its second edition.

Author: John Singleton

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9780333985229

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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This is a companion to The Creative Writing Handbook - now in its second edition. It is very much aimed at the individual writer, based on the idea that real writing comes from within and that writing is a craft, skill with determination, art with attitude. The book is filled with useful ideas and inspiring techniques for exploring and exploiting resources available, both within and without. It focuses on three major areas - the writer's roots (family, class and gender), the writer's resources (memory and language) and the writer's art (form and technique). Chapters focus on many topics, including how memory shapes a writer's material, the pro-creative force of words and the ambiguities of art and artfulness. Many examples of established writers' works are cited to give the fledgling writer much practical help.

Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught

Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy (10th anniversary edition)
Stephanie Vanderslice, Rebecca Manery ... creative. writing. craft. texts. Given
the preponderance of activist writers and activist texts, what can we make of the
repeated ...

Author: Stephanie Vanderslice

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474285063

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Revised and updated throughout, this 10th-anniversary edition of Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? is a significantly expanded guide to key issues and practices in creative writing teaching today. Challenging the myths of creative writing teaching, experienced and up-and-coming teachers explore what works in the classroom and workshop and what does not. Now brought up-to-date with new issues that have emerged with the explosion of creative writing courses in higher education, the new edition includes: · Guides to and case studies of workshop practice · Discussions on grading and the myth of “the easy A” · Explorations of the relationship between reading and writing · A new chapter on creative writing research · A new chapter on games, fan-fiction and genre writing · New chapters on identity and activism