The Road to Somewhere is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, lively and interesting guide to learning creative writing. It reflects on the writer's life, deals with elements of craft and explores the skills and knowledge needed to develop as a writer. It is written by a team of published writers, who all have wide experience of teaching Creative Writing in Higher Education.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Getting Going; Becoming a Writer; H.Newall; A Writer's Territory; J.Armstrong; Agony Aunt: The Origin of Ideas; Creativity; H.Leach; The Necessity of Mess; J.Singleton; The Blank Screen; J.Armstrong; Agony Aunt: Diversionary Tactics; Dreams and Visions; J.Armstrong; Agony Aunt: I Might Fall; Part 2: Journey Essentials; Place of Your Own: Journals & Notebooks; R.Graham; Reading as a Writer; H.Leach; Look Your Words in the Face: Reflection; R.Graham & H.Leach; Examples of Student Reflection; Research into Reflection in HE; Agony Aunt: Writer's Block; Writer's Workshops; H.Leach; Agony Aunt: No More Ideas; Part 3: Keeping Going; Narrators: Whose Story is it Anyway? R.Graham; Style: Syntax; Travelling Companions: Characters; R.Graham; Agony Aunt: The Trouble with Adjectives; A Sense of Place: Landscape; H.Newall; Basics: White Space, Page Design; Style: Plain & Simple / Elaboration; Your Vehicle: Plot; R.Graham; Agony Aunt: Size Matters; Style: Verbs (and Adverbs); Dialogue; J.Singleton; Basics: Speech Marks; Style: Directness; It's Showtime: Immediacy; R.Graham; Basics: Paragraphing; The Polyphonic Spree: Quilting etc; R.Graham; Agony Aunt: Scaffolding; Narrative Design: Pattern, Plant & Pay-Off; R.Graham; Basics: Layout; Words and Images; J.Singleton; Trying Something Else: Writing Poetry; R.Sheppard & S.Thurston; Basics: Spelling; Poetry Writing for Non-Poets; H.Leach; Basics: Colons and Semi-Colons; Scriptwriting; H.Newall; Basics: Apostrophes; Writing Play; H.Leach; Take It Out, Put It In: Revision; R. Graham; Part Four: Going Where? Agony Aunt: It's Finished; Getting Published; J.Singleton; Agony Aunt: Almost Famous; Writing As Self-Invention; J.Armstrong; Not Being Published; H.Leach; Going Further; Writer's Websites; Writer's Bookshelf; Bibliography; Index
ROBERT GRAHAM is Head of the Writing Course at Edge Hill College of Higher Education. HELEN NEWALL is a Professional Playwright and Teaches part-time on the Drama and Writing courses at Edge Hill College of Higher Education. HEATHER LEACH is Lecturer in the Department of Contemporary Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University. Winner of the 2004 Palgrave Macmillan/THES Writing Prize. JULIE ARMSTRONG Teaches in the Department of Contemporary Arts, Manchester Metropolitan. JOHN SINGLETON was formerly Head of the well-respected degree in Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of several well-known creative writing books, including The Creative Writing Handbook and The Creative Writing Workbook (both Palgrave).