The Handbook of Creative Writing


An extensive, practical and inspirational resource, this three-in-one volume is aimed at students and practitioners of creative writing at all levels. In 48 distinctive chapters the Handbook:•examines the critical theories behind the practice of creative writing (Part 1). •explains the basics of how to write a novel, script or poetry (Part 2). •explores how to deal with the practicalities and problems of becoming a writer (Part 3). As well as the main creative writing activities, chapters cover other practices, from translation to starting a small magazine and from memoir writing to writing for children. Contributors are all experts in their fields: poets, novelists, dramatists, agents, publishers, editors, tutors, critics and academics. Anyone with an interest in creative writing will find this book invaluable in developing their own creative writing projects and as a way into new areas of writing activity. Key Features
•The only book to combine the theory and practice of writing with detailed advice on the business of writing and living as a writer
•Combines breadth and depth with original thinking on creativity and evaluation of creative work
•Shows ways of approaching the task of writing and how to improve one's work
•Presents material which is hard to find elsewhere, e.g. writing for teenagers; writing humorous fiction; finding a film agent

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Steven Earnshaw
  • Mary Swander
  • Anna Leahy
  • Mary Cantrell
  • Jenny Newman
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2007