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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Playing With Words

A Introduction to Creative Craft

ISBN 9781137532534
Publication Date October 2016
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Drawing on years of experience of writing, teaching and publishing, this book offers essential tools for writers interested in honing their craft. Whether you’re a poet, non-fiction writer, novelist, journalist, student or simply a lover of words, it will take you on an exciting and challenging journey to becoming a sophisticated writer.

As in the learning of any true craft or art, first the focus is on specific skills, then on consolidating those skills, which by the end will be innate. Through a variety of exercises and freewriting prompts, Playing with Words will help you develop your writing, trying out new styles and approaches along the way. Use this book in a class, in a group, or alone in a writer’s attic. 

Paul Williams is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. He has published fiction, young adult novels, a memoir, educational readers, short stories and articles. His collection of Kenyan Stories Encounters From Africa (Macmillan) was a set text in all Kenyan schools from 2001 to 2004.

Shelley Davidow is an award-winning author of 40 books and writes across genres. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia

1. Playing with Words
2. Stunning Sentences and Powerful Paragraphs
3. Finding your Voice
4. Purple Prose, Melodrama and Sentimentality
5. Minimalism
6. The Spaces Between
7. Well-Crafted Metaphors
8. Moving Plot Along
9. Finding Place


For anyone interested in writing, in creativity, in storytelling, in language and expression, this wise and inspiring book is a must. Williams and Davidow have a profound understanding of the artistic process and craft of writing, and indeed, the writer’s heart. Playing with Words is bound to become a classic.' – Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen
'As a teaching text, this book gets as close as possible to the actual processes that professional creative writers use. Williams and Davidow interpret the writer's knowledge for use in the classroom in highly effective ways. It is masterclass thinking made available to all.' – Nigel Krauth, Griffith University, Australia
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