A Writer's Craft

Multi-Genre Creative Writing

by Kendall Dunkelberg

About the book

This introductory creative writing text uses a unique, multi-genre approach to provide students with a broad-based knowledge of their craft, treating them as professional writers. Beginning by discussing elements common to all genres, this book underscores the importance of learning good writing habits before committing to a genre, encouraging writers to look beyond their genre expectations and learn from other forms.

The book then devotes one chapter to each of the major literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama and creative nonfiction. These style-specific sections provide depth as they compare the different genres, furnishing students with a comprehensive understanding of creative writing as a discipline and fostering creativity. The discussion concludes with a chapter on digital media and an appendix on literary citizenship and publishing. With exercises at the end of each chapter, a glossary of literary terms, and a list of resources for further study, A Writer’s Craft is the ideal companion to an introductory creative writing class.

Kendall Dunkelberg is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women, USA. He has taught creative writing for over twenty years, and has published three books of poetry, as well as translations of fiction, poetry, and essays.


About the website

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Praise for A Writer's Craft

Like a generous, trusted mentor, Dunkelberg helps novice writers tap what they already know in the process of discovering how creative writing works. Along the way, he offers twists on familiar literary concepts that are sure to invigorate the creative writing classroom in exciting new ways. - Stephanie Vanderslice, University of Central Arkansas, USA
A Writer’s Craft is everything the beginning creative writing student—and instructor—needs to know. No other book for such a course accomplishes as much as clearly, cohesively, and quickly. I’ll use it the next chance I get! - Anna Leahy, Chapman University, USA
An excellent resource for teachers of writing. Offering clear and practical advice and a range of approaches and exercises, this text is suitable for a range of abilities and will quickly become a staple in the creative writing classroom.- Belinda Castles, University of Exeter, UK