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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


The Writer's Craft and Practice

ISBN 9781403998279
Publication Date January 2007
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This stimulating workbook is aimed at committed writers and students of Creative Writing who want to engage with ideas about writing and develop their craft and practice. Drawing on the expertise of a range of professional and award-winning contributors, the focus is on writing as 'process', moving from practical guidance on 'form and style' through to using themes such as 'body' or 'house' as a creative springboard. Including specially designed writing exercises and illustrative extracts, this innovative guide will inspire and challenge. It is an essential resource for anyone who wishes to master the art and practice of Creative Writing and galvanise their talent to professional and publication level.

Contributions by: Linda Anderson, Theodore Deppe, George Green, Graeme Harper (aka Brooke Biaz), William Herbert, Lee Martin, Jenny Newman, Jayne Steel and a Foreword by Patricia Duncker.

JAYNE STEEL is Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, UK. She is also an award-winning screenwriter, her work includes Mavis and the Mermaid (winner of 'Kodak Showcase for New European Talent' 2000 and the 'Special Gold Jury Award' at the 2001 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival), Mermaids and Money Troubles (winner of the 1999 'Carlton Television New Screenwriters Award') and the co-written feature film Frozen which was screened at the 2005 London Film Festival.

Foreword; P.Duncker
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction; J.Steel
PART ONE: MASTERING TECHNIQUE Creative Space; W.N.Herbert; Form and Style: Grasping the Tools of Fiction; G.Harper;- Hanging Together Structuring the Longer Piece; G.Green; Making Fiction from Fact, Making Fact of Your Fiction; G.Harper; Narrative Point of View: Who Tells the Story?; L.Anderson; The Journey a Poem Makes; T.Deppe
PART TWO: MASTERING THEMES About a Life: Writing from the Self; G.Green; People Under Pressure: Making Your Characters Choose; J.Newman; Writing Food; J.Steel; Children in Fiction; L.Martin; Writing Home: How to Use Houses in Fiction; J.Newman; Bodily States; L.Anderson; Writing the Landscape; L.Martin


How do you construct a double narrative and ensure that the reader remains equally interested in both stories? How do you change the point of view without an alarming lurch that derails the reader? Is it wise to write an 80,000-word novel about bullying and murder in the present tense? How 'knowing' should your child narrator be? How can you build a credible fantasy world in which the reader can be confident about the rules that govern the fiction? How do you avoid spelling out the rules in long boring passages? Many of the answers to these questions are to be found in this book, which can be read like a workshop on the page, a critical session full of encouragement, analysis and advice.' - From the Foreword by Patricia Duncker, author and Professor of Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UK
'A wonderful addition to the field - lucid and accessible.' - Stephanie Vanderslice, University of Central Arkansas, USA
'Jayne Steel's book is aimed primarily at university students at an advanced stage of their creative writing studies, but it is also of very real help to those who want to improve their fiction skills...Jayne Steel's contributors discuss a host of questions like these, all of which go to the heart of a writer's craft and practice.' - Writing Magazine
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