Creative Writing : A Workbook with Readings book cover
1st Edition

Creative Writing
A Workbook with Readings

Edited By

Jane Yeh

ISBN 9780415372435
Published May 1, 2006 by Routledge
664 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Creative Writing is 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 Readings presents 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.

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 Writing 19. 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. from New Grub Street, George Gissing  3. from A Writers' Notebook, W. Somerset Maugham  4. from Becoming a Writer, Dorothea Brande  5. from 'A Real-Life Education', Susan Minot  6. from Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee  7. 'Memory: The true key to real imagining', Lesley Glaister  8. from Backtalk: Women writers speak out, Pat Barker  Part 2 - Writing Fiction  9. from Cal, Bernard MacLaverty  10. from Biggest Elvis, P.F. Kluge  11. from Bodies, Jed Mercurio  12. from The Beet Queen, Louise Erdrich  13. from Age of Iron, J.M. Coetzee  14. from Another World, Pat Barker  15. 'The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife', Ernest Hemingway  16. from Rumours of a Hurricane, Tim Lott  17. from The Dark, John McGahern  18. 'Girl', Jamaica Kincaid  19. from Purple America, Rick Moody  20. from Oxygen, 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. from The Triggering Town, Richard Hugo  31. from Nothing Not Giving Messages, Edwin Morgan  32. from The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes  33. from The Triggering Town, Richard Hugo  Part 4 - Life Writing  34. from Einstein in Love: A scientific romance, Dennis Overbye  35. from Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch, Jphn Bayley 36. from A Drinking Life: A memoir, Pete Hamill  37. Five Poems, Elaine Feinstein  38.  from Giving up the Ghost: A memoir  Hilary Mantel  39. from Where I was From, Joan Didion  40. from The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank  41. from Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer, Richard Holmes  42. from In 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. from Ake: The Years of Childhood, Wole Soyinka  46. from Bad 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. from The Art of Fiction, David Lodge  51. from Steering the Craft, Ursula K. Le Guin  52. from English Grammar, B.A. Phythian  53. from MHRA Style Guide  54. from How to Publish Your Poetry, Peter Finch  55. from Inside Book Publishing, Giles Clark 

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Linda Anderson is an award-winning novelist (To Stay Alive and Cuckoo, 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, becoming Head of Creative Writing from 1995-2002. She has designed several successful courses including a training programme for new writing tutors and an MA in Creative Writing by distance learning. She has also worked as a producer and director for BBC Radio Drama. She has a PhD in Creative Writing.


‘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)