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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Creative Writing Handbook

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780333792261
Publication Date November 1999
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This revised and updated edition of The Creative Writing Handbook now includes new chapters on writing for stage and radio and on writing screenplays for film and television. Written by professional writers and tutors, it covers all aspects of the writing process, from drafting first thoughts to shaping them into polished and publishable work. In a series of lively and stimulating chapters, all major areas of writing are explored, from screen-writing to short fiction, from autobiography to experimental prose. The Handbook offers new and experienced writers a whole range of creative ideas, sound advice and open-ended tasks for exploring experience, mastering technique and thereby releasing the full potential of the imagination. As most taught courses in creative writing are in workshop form, each chapter includes invaluable ideas on how to run group sessions and offer a rich fund of suggestions for developing writing beyond the workshop.

JOHN SINGLETON is Course Director of Creative Writing at The Manchester Metropolitan University. His publications include children's stories, sixth form text books, short fiction, poetry and technical manuals. He is currently writing a novel for a PhD at Lancaster University.

MARY LUCKHURST is an award-winning playwright, dramaturge and translator. She is currently teaching playwriting skills for the Cambridge Arts Theatre and studying for a Doctorate at Cambridge University.

How to Use this Book
The Writer and the World; M. Luckhurst & J. Singleton
The Workshop Way; L. Allen
Words Words Words; J. Singleton & G. Sutton
Writing the Self; A. Cox
The Short Story; J. Singleton
Innovative Fiction and the Novel; E. Baines
Writing Verse; J. Lennard
Narrative Fictions for Film and Television; M. Lland & R. Nelson
Drama: Writing for Stage and Radio; M. Luckhurst
Journalism; M. Luckhurst & B. Princep
Editing & Re-writing; L. Cashdan, M. Luckhurst & J. Singleton
Recommended Reading
Biographical Notes
Acknowledgements.

Reviews

...The Creative Writing Handbook is worth reading for its chapter on screenwriting alone. In fact, the book's range is so broad - from writing for film, stage and radio to short fiction, autobiography and experimental prose - that almost any developing writer will find their concerns addressed...one of the book's strengths is its workshop tie-in's at the end of each chapter, making it invaluable for anyone teaching creative writing at university or A-Level.' - Amanda Cameron, Amazon.co.uk
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