The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook
By Paul Mills
Routledge – 2005 – 246 pages
This step-by-step, practical guide to the process of creative writing provides readers with a comprehensive course in its art and skill. With genre-based chapters, such as life writing, novels and short stories, poetry, fiction for children and screenwriting, it is an indispensable guide to writing successfully. The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook:
*shows new writers how to get started and suggests useful writing habits
*encourages experimentation and creativity
*stimulates critical awareness through discussion of literary theory and a wide range of illustrative texts
*approaches writing as a skill, as well as an art form
*is packed with individual and group exercises
*offers invaluable tips on the revision and editing processes.
Featuring practical suggestions for developing and improving your writing, The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook is an ideal course text for students and an invaluable guide to self-study.
'This is a concise, clearly written guide to imaginative writing - and reading - in all the main contemporary genres. It's packed with vivid examples and abundant practical suggestions. And it has something extra - a narrative energy that makes a story of the arts of writing it explores. No readers, of whatever level of skill or inexperience, will finish this book without a sharper sense of literary territories, and the desire to strike out on paths of their own.' - Carol Rumens, University of Wales, Bangor
- 'If there is one thing you will learn from Paul Mill's book it is how to be analytical about your own creativity and to draw the best out of yourself.' - Writing Magazine
'This is a book completely free of snobbery; it is totally focused on the needs of its readers… Each of the six chapters concludes with sound, practical advice for aspiring writers, and with useful exercises.' - Kevin McCarron, Times Higher Education Supplement
'Paul Mills' Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook is the rich fruit of his decades of experience in teaching and writing across the whole range of genres. As well as being intensely practial, a great strength of his approach is an utter lack of snobishness in using sources that make his point clearly; from Geoffrey Hill to Coronation Street, he knows the material to reach the students and shows them the steps that will help take their own writing further. This is not mere eclecticism, but comprehensive knowledgedeployed in the best book I know in this field.' - Ian Duhig
Preface Acknowledgements 1. Writing as Art Suggestions for Writing Revision and Editing General Advice 2. Personal Narrative Summary of Ideas Suggestions for Writing Revising and Editing Personal Narrative 3. Poetry Summary Suggestions for Writing Revising and Editing Poems 4. Fiction Questions and Summary Suggestions for Writing Revising and Editing Fiction 5. Fiction for Children Questions and Summary Suggestions for Writing Revising and Editing Fiction for Children 6. Drama Discussion and Workshop Suggestions for Writing Revising and Editing Drama Scripts Glossary References and Quotations Bibliography Index
Paul Mills teaches creative writing to u/gs and p/gs at York St John College. He has held writing fellowships at Leeds and Manchester universities and a Fulbright Teaching exchange fellowship in the US. He is a published poet and dramatist.