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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Inside Creative Writing

Interviews with Contemporary Writers

ISBN 9780230212176
Publication Date February 2012
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

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.

GRAEME HARPER is Director of the National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries at Bangor University.  He is Chair of the National Association of 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

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


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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