Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings by Linda AndersonCreative Writing: A Workbook with Readings by Linda Anderson

Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings

EditorLinda Anderson

Paperback | January 5, 2006

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Creative Writingis a complete writing course that will jump-start your writing and guide you through your first steps towards publication.

Suitable for use by students, tutors, writers' groups or writers working alone, this book offers:

  • a practical and inspiring section on the creative process, showing you how to stimulate your creativity and use your memory and experience in inventive ways
  • in-depth coverage of the most popular forms of writing, in extended sections on fiction,poetry and life writing, including biography and autobiography, giving you practice in all three forms so that you might discover and develop your particular strengths
  • a sensible, up-to-date guide to going public, to help you to edit your work to a professional standard and to identify and approach suitable publishers
  • a distinctive collection of exciting exercises, spread throughout the workbook to spark your imagination and increase your technical flexibility and control
  • a substantial array of illuminating readings, bringing together extracts from contemporary and classic writings in order to demonstrate a range of techniques that you can use or adapt in your own work.

Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readingspresents a unique opportunity to benefit from the advice and experience of a team of published authors who have also taught successful writing courses at a wide range of institutions, helping large numbers of new writers to develop their talents as well as their abilities to evaluate and polish their work to professional standards. These institutions include Lancaster University and the University of East Anglia, renowned as consistent producers of published writers.

Linda Andersonis an award-winning novelist (To Stay AliveandCuckoo, both published by Bodley Head) and writer of short stories, poetry, performance pieces, and critical reviews. Her work has been published in Britain, Ireland, the USA, and Australia. She has taught at Goldsmiths' College and at Lancaster University for ten years, becom...
Title:Creative Writing: A Workbook with ReadingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:664 pages, 9.6 × 7.4 × 1.4 inPublished:January 5, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415372437

ISBN - 13:9780415372435

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part I - The Creative Process  1. Stimulating creativity and imagination: What  really works?  2. Keeping a writer's notebook  3. Writing what you know  4. Writing what you come to know Part 2 - Writing Fiction  5. Character creation  6. Setting  7. Point of view: Trying on voices  8. Point of view: Degrees of knowing  9.  Showing and telling  10. Structure  11. The story and the reader Part 3 - Writing Poetry  12. Drafting  13. Line  14. Voice  15. Imagery  16. Rhyme  17. Form  18. Theme Part 4 - Life Writing19. Strating out  20.  A preface  21. Finding a form: writing a narrative  22. Using memory  23. Versions of a life  24. Life characters Part 5 - Going Public  25. Editing: The big changes  26. Editing: Later stages  27. Exploring outlets  28. Presentation and proposal Readings  Part I - The Creative Process  1. from'Fires', Raymond Carver  2. fromNew Grub Street, George Gissing  3. fromA Writers' Notebook, W. Somerset Maugham  4. fromBecoming a Writer, Dorothea Brande  5. from'A Real-Life Education',Susan Minot  6. fromCider with Rosie, Laurie Lee  7.'Memory: The true key to real imagining', Lesley Glaister  8. fromBacktalk: Women writers speak out, Pat Barker Part 2 - Writing Fiction  9. fromCal, Bernard MacLaverty  10. fromBiggest Elvis, P.F. Kluge  11. fromBodies, Jed Mercurio  12. fromThe Beet Queen, Louise Erdrich  13. fromAge of Iron,J.M. Coetzee  14. fromAnother World, Pat Barker  15.'The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife', Ernest Hemingway  16. fromRumours of a Hurricane, Tim Lott  17. fromThe Dark, John McGahern  18.'Girl', Jamaica Kincaid  19. fromPurple America,Rick Moody  20. fromOxygen, Andrew Miller  21.'Going the Last Inch: Some thoughts on showing and telling', Lindsay Clarke  22.'The Artist', Patricia Highsmith  23.'The Dream', Anon  24.'The Black Cap', Katherine Mansfield  25. 'I could see the smallest things'Raymond Carver  26.'The Dying Room',Georgina Hammick  27.'Pigeons at Daybreak', Anita Desai  28. from'Writing Short Stories', Flannery O'Connor Part 3 - Writing Poetry  29. from'The Handless Maiden', Vicki Feaver  30. fromThe Triggering Town,Richard Hugo  31. fromNothing Not Giving Messages, Edwin Morgan  32. fromThe Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes  33. fromThe Triggering Town, Richard Hugo Part 4 - Life Writing 34. fromEinstein in Love: A scientific romance, Dennis Overbye  35. fromIris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch, Jphn Bayley 36. fromA Drinking Life: A memoir,Pete Hamill  37.Five Poems, Elaine Feinstein  38.  fromGiving up the Ghost: A memoir  Hilary Mantel  39. fromWhere I was From, Joan Didion  40. fromThe Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank  41. fromSidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer, Richard Holmes  42. fromIn Ethiopia with a Mule, Dervla Murphy  43. from'Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer, Richard Holmes  44. from'"I always wanted you to admire my fasting"; or, Looking at Kafka, Philip Roth  45. fromAke: The Years of Childhood, Wole Soyinka  46. fromBad Blood, Lorna Sage Part 5 - Going Public 47. from'Through a Tangle of Branches: Reworking the poem',Rebecca Luce-Kapler  48. from'Putting Coyalxauhqui Together: A Creative Process', Gloria Anzaldua  49. from'Redrafting and Editing', Jenny Newman  50. fromThe Art of Fiction, David Lodge  51. fromSteering the Craft, Ursula K. Le Guin  52. fromEnglish Grammar, B.A. Phythian  53. fromMHRA Style Guide 54. fromHow to Publish Your Poetry, Peter Finch  55. fromInside Book Publishing, Giles Clark

Editorial Reviews

¿For anyone getting going as a writer (and even for those who have already made a start), this is an invaluable how-to guide, full of useful tips, mind-freeing exercises, and inspiring wisdom from established authors. A book to banish the terror of the blank page.¿ ¿ Blake Morrison, journalist, critic and acclaimed author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including the multi-award-winning And When Did You Last See Your Father? (Granta, 1993)