Inside Creative Writing: Interviews with Contemporary Writers

Inside Creative Writing: Interviews with Contemporary Writers

by Graeme Harper (Editor)


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What is involved in the act of creative writing?
How do renowned authors such as Robert Pinsky, Iain Banks and Philip Pullman write?

Proving that there is no single way of writing creatively, Inside Creative Writing features original interviews with award-winning authors from around the globe and reveals the different ways in which they speak of their writing lives.

Organised around central themes such as drafting, writing habits and skills, the book explores a wide variety of approaches to the craft of creative writing. With practical exercises and reflective questions tied to each theme, this is essential reading for all practising and aspiring creative writers interested in how they are forging their own, unique ways of working.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230212176
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Edition description: 2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

GRAEME HARPER is Director of the National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries at Bangor University. He is Chair of the National Associationof Writers in Eduction (NAWE) and Editor of New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. He is series editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Appoaches to Writing series and has edited Teaching Creative Writing and Creative Writing Studies. Awarded the first doctorate in creative writing awarded in Australia, he holds a second doctorate in creative and critical writing from the University of East Anglia

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Beginning Creative Writing.- Creative Writers and Others.- Passions for Creative Writing.- That Word 'Creative'.- The Idea of Drafting.- Other Creative Writers.- Creative Work-In-Progress.- Creative Writing Habitats.- Knowledge: Subjects and Themes.- Writing Craft and Skills.- Reading and Not Writing.- Other Practicalities.- Exploring Creative Writing Exercises.- Asking Another Writer a Question.- Past, Present and Future.- Conclusion: Inside Creative Writing.- Further Reading.- Index.

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From the Publisher

The interviewees include not only the world famous, they represent many nations and strands of writing. They feel like characters in the plot of a book. I was disappointed when it was over'. - Robert Sheppard, Professor of Poetry and Poetics, Edge Hill University.

'This is a fascinating project, groundbreaking, really, and a great joy to read.' - Stephanie Vanderslice, Associate Professor of Literature, University of Central Arkansas, USA

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