The Writing Experiment: Strategies for Innovative Creative Writing

The Writing Experiment: Strategies for Innovative Creative Writing

The Writing Experiment: Strategies for Innovative Creative Writing

The Writing Experiment: Strategies for Innovative Creative Writing

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Creative writing courses are an integral and indispensable part of university education, because they interconnect intellectual and creative exploration. The Writing Experiment is designed for university students enrolled in creative writing courses and for their teachers. Its aims are to suggest systematic strategies for creative writing, and to theorise the process of writing by relating it to the literary and cultural concepts which students encounter on other university courses. The book is based on the premise that creative writing can be systematically and analytically approached, and that successful work does not arise only from talent or inspiration. The following chapters attempt to demystify this process, and question many of the popular assumptions about the activity of writing.

A distinctive aspect of this book is that it breaks down complex tasks into easy-to-manage stages. Writers are taken through these steps—which are usually invisible in a finished text—by means of detailed examples and exercises. The Writing Experiment is based, therefore, on incremental strategies which recuperate, at a conscious level, the less accessible or unconscious aspects of the writing process.

This book has relevance to any kind of writing—from poetry to detective fiction. However, the strategies are biased towards explorative, innovative methods. The book avoids circumscribed technical advice about preconceived forms and suggests, instead, open-ended strategies with diverse outcomes. By adopting these, writers will learn how to explore alternative modes of working and find their own direction(s). The main take-home message from this volume is that it is possible to work out ways to write, and that experimentation is fundamental to creativity.

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