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Handbook of Creative Writing



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The Handbook of Creative Writing
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An extensive, practical and inspirational resource, this three-in-one volume is aimed at students and practitioners of creative writing at all levels. In 48 distinctive chapters the Handbook: *examines the critical theories behind the practice of creative writing (Part 1). *explains the basics of how to write a novel, script or poetry (Part 2). *explores how to deal with the practicalities and problems of becoming a writer (Part 3). As well as the main creative writing activities, chapters cover other practices, from translation to starting a small magazine and from memoir writing to writing for children. Contributors are all experts in their fields: poets, novelists, dramatists, agents, publishers, editors, tutors, critics and academics. Anyone with an interest in creative writing will find this book invaluable in developing their own creative writing projects and as a way into new areas of writing activity. Key Features *The only book to combine the theory and practice of writing with detailed advice on the business of writing and living as a writer *Combines breadth and depth with original thinking on creativity and evaluation of creative work *Shows ways of approaching the task of writing and how to improve one's work *Presents material which is hard to find elsewhere, e.g. writing for teenagers; writing humorous fiction; finding a film agent

Table of Contents

Contents; Acknowledgements; 'Introduction', Steven Earnshaw; [B] Section One. Writing: Theories and Contexts.; 1. 'Theories of Creativity and Creative Writing Pedagogy', Mary Swander, Anna Leahy, and Mary Cantrell; 2. 'The Evaluation of Creative Writing at MA Level (UK)', Jenny Newman; 3. 'The Creative Writing MFA', Stephanie Vanderslice; 4. 'Creative Writing and Critical Theory', Lauri Ramey; 5. 'Literary Genres', David Rain; 6. 'The Writer as Artist', Steven Earnshaw; 7. 'The Future of Creative Writing', Paul Dawson; [B] Section Two. The Craft of Writing.; [C] Prose; 8. 'Reading, Writing and Teaching The Short Story', E. A. Markham; 9. 'Writing the Memoir', Judith Barrington; 10. 'Introduction to the Novel', Jane Rogers; 11. 'Crime Fiction', John Dale; 12. 'Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy', Crawford Kilian; 13. 'How Language Lives Us: Reading and Writing Historical Fiction', Brian Kiteley; 14. 'Writing Humorous Fiction', Susan Hubbard; 15. 'Writing for Children', Alan Brown; 16. 'Writing for Teenagers', Linda Newbery; 17. 'The 'Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Creative Nonfiction, But were too Naive or Uninformed to Ask' Workshop Simulation', Lee Gutkind; [C] Poetry; 18. 'Introduction to Poetry', Sean O'Brien; 19. 'What is Form?', W. N. Herbert; 20. 'New Poetries', Aaron Kunin; 21. 'The Poet in the Theatre: Verse Drama', Sean O'Brien; 22. 'The Sequence and the Long Poem', George Szirtes; [C] Scriptwriting; 23. 'Introduction to Scriptwriting', Mike Harris; 24. 'Writing for the Stage', Brighde Mullins; 25. 'Writing for Radio', Mike Harris; 26. 'Writing for Television', Stephen V. Duncan; 27. 'Writing for Television - UK Differences', John Milne; 28. 'Writing for Film', Bonnie O'Neill; [C] Other Writing; 29. 'Writing as Experimental Practice', Thalia Field; 30. 'Writing as 'Therapy", Fiona Sampson; 31. 'Writing in the Community', Linda Sargent; 32. 'Writing for the Web', James Sheard; 33. 'The Role of the Critical Essay', Scott McCracken; 34. 'Translation', Susan Bassnett; 35. 'Creative Writing Doctorates', Graeme Harper; 36. 'How to Start a Literary Magazine', Rebecca Wolff; [B] Section Three. The Writer's Life; 37. 'How to be a Writer', John Milne; 38. 'How to Present Yourself as a Writer', Alison Baverstock; 39. 'Publishing Fiction', Mary Mount; 40. 'American PoBiz', Chase Twichell; 41. 'Publishing Poetry in Britain', Sean O'Brien; 42. 'The Literary Agent (Novel)', David Smith; 43. 'The Film Agent', Julian Friedmann; 44. 'The Literary Agent: Television, Theatre and Radio', Alan Brodie; 45. 'Copyright', Shay Humphrey with Lee Penhaligan; 46. 'Literary Life: Prizes, Anthologies, Festivals, Reviewing, Grants', Tom Shapcott; 47. 'The Writer as Teacher', Gareth Creer; 48. 'Making a Living as a Writer', Livi Michael; [B] Glossary; [B] Useful Websites; [B] Contributors; [B] Index.

Author Biography

Steven Earnshaw is Senior Lecturer in English at Sheffield Hallam University.
Release date NZ
April 16th, 2007
Edited by Steven Earnshaw
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edinburgh University Press
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