A Companion to Creative Writing

A Companion to Creative Writing

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A Companion to Creative Writing comprehensively considers key aspects of the practice, profession and culture of creative writing in the contemporary world. * The most comprehensive collection specifically relating to the practices and cultural and professional place of creative writing * Covers not only the how of creative writing, but many more topics in and around the profession and cultural practices surrounding creative writing * Features contributions from international writers, editors, publishers, critics, translators, specialists in public art and more * Covers the writing of poetry, fiction, new media, plays, films, radio works, and other literary genres and forms * Explores creative writing s engagement with culture, language, spirituality, politics, education, and heritage
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Product details

  • Hardback | 450 pages
  • 173 x 252 x 27mm | 886g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 047065693X
  • 9780470656938
  • 1,954,546

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A Companion to Creative Writing is a comprehensive collection covering myriad aspects of the practice and profession of creative writing in the contemporary world. The book features contributions from an international cast of creative writers, publishers and editors, critics, translators, literary prize judges, and many other top professionals. Chapters not only consider the practice of creative writing in terms of how it is "done," but also in terms of what occurs in and around creative writing practice. Chapters address a wide range of topics including the writing of poetry and fiction; playwriting and screenwriting; writing for digital media; editing; creative writing and its engagement with language, spirituality, politics, education, and heritage. Other chapters explore the role of literary critics and ideas around authorship, as well as translation and creative writing, the teaching of creative writing, and the histories and character of the marketplace, prizes, awards and literary events. With its unprecedented breadth of coverage, A Companion to Creative Writing is an indispensable resource for those who are undertaking creative writing, studying creative writing at any level, or considering studying creative writing.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors ix Foreword by Sir Andrew Motion xiii Introduction 1 Graeme Harper Part I Creative Writing 7 1 The Architecture of Story 9 Lorraine M. Lopez 2 Writing Creative Nonfiction 24 Bronwyn T. Williams 3 Writing Poetry 40 Nigel McLoughlin 4 Writing for Children and Young Adults 56 Kathleen Ahrens 5 Write on! Practical Strategies for Developing Playwriting 71 Peter Billingham 6 Writing for Sound/Radio 86 Steve May 7 Writing the Screenplay 98 Craig Batty 8 New Media Writing 115 Carolyn Handler Miller 9 How to Make a Pocket Watch: The British Ph.D. in Creative Writing 129 Simon Holloway 10 Creative Writing and the Other Arts 144 Harriet Edwards and Julia Lockheart Part II The Creative Writer s Profession 161 11 Agents, Publishers, and Booksellers: A Historical Perspective 163 John Feather 12 The Changing Role of the Editor: Editors Past, Present, and Future 179 Frania Hall 13 Translation as Creative Writing 195 Manuela Perteghella 14 Creative Writing and the lash of criticism 213 Steven Earnshaw 15 But What s Really at Stake for the Barbarian Warrior? Developing a Pedagogy for Paraliterature 229 Jeffrey S. Chapman 16 Creative Writing and Education 245 Jeri Kroll 17 The Rise and Rise of Writers Festivals 263 Cori Stewart 18 Creative Writing Research 278 Graeme Harper 19 Literary Prizes and Awards 291 Claire Squires Part III Creative Writing in the World 305 20 D.H. Lawrence, Forever on the Move: Creative Writers and Place 307 Louise DeSalvo 21 The Psychology of Creative Writing 320 Marie J.C. Forgeard, Scott Barry Kaufman, and James C. Kaufman 22 Creative Writing around the World 334 Matthew McCool 23 Creative Hauntings: Creative Writing and Literary Heritage at the British Library 348 Jamie Andrews 24 Politics 357 Jon Cook 25 Creative Writing and the Cold War University 377 Eric Bennett 26 To the imagination, the sacred is self-evident : Thoughts on Spirituality and the Vocation of Creative Writing 393 J. Matthew Boyleston 27 The Writer-Teacher in the United States: The Place of Teachers in the Community of Writers 405 Patrick Bizzaro 28 Creative Writing to the Future 421 Graeme Harper Index 433
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About Graeme Harper

Graeme Harper is a Professor of Creative Writing and Director of The Honors College at Oakland University, Michigan. He has also been a Professor and Honorary Professor of Creative Writing in the UK and in Australia. His recent publications include Inside Creative Writing: Interviews with Contemporary Writers (2012) and On Creative Writing (2010). Writing as Brooke Biaz, his works include The Invention of Dying (2012) and Small Maps of the World (2006). Harper is also Editor of New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing.
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