1st Edition

Doing Creative Writing

By Steve May Copyright 2007
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    Are you beginning a creative writing course? Or thinking about taking one?

    Doing Creative Writing is the ideal guide to what you should expect, what will be expected of you and how you can get the most from your course.

    It clearly and concisely outlines:

    • the contexts for creative writing courses, explaining where the subject has come from and why that matters
    • the content, structure and delivery of the courses, helping you to understand how your course will be shaped, what you will be asked to do and why
    • the skills you will develop, from self-discipline and time management through to the organization of ideas, 'reading as a writer' and editing
    • possibilities beyond the course, showing how you continue to benefit from what you've learned.

    Drawing on years of teaching and writing experience, as well as interviews with a wide range of students, Steve May provides all the background, advice and encouragement you need to embark on a creative writing course with complete confidence and to get maximum benefit from every writing session.

    General Introduction.  Explanation of Terms: 'Doing' and 'Creative Writing.'  Who is This Book For?  How Will You Benefit From it?  What's in This Book?  Part 1: The Context  1. Can You Teach Writing?  2. The Development of Creative Writing as an Academic Discipline  Part 2: Studying Creative Writing: Course Structures, Delivery and Content  3. Modules, Courses and Genres  4. Delivery  5. Assessment  Part 3: Writers' Habits, Writers' Skills  6. Developing Independent Habits of Writing  7. Reading as a Writer  8. Becoming a Better Editor  Part 4: Beyond the Course  9. Careers in Writing  10. Other Destinations.  Writing-Related Jobs.  Using the Skills You've Learned.  Case Studies.  Bibliography


    Steve May is Head of the Department of Creative Studies at Bath Spa University. He has won awards for fiction, drama, and poetry. Radio credits include FACING THE MIRROR, CHESS WARS and ARTHUR, all broadcast in 2004. His latest novel, One Chance, was also published in that year.