Drawing on the expertise of the Oxford Dictionaries department, this revised edition of the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors provides authoritative advice on the spelling of difficult and unusual words, variant forms, confusable words, hyphenation, capitalization, foreign and specialist terms, proper names, and abbreviations.
New Hart's Rules provides the information and guidance you need to prepare written copy to a high standard. Compiled by experts and using the resources of Oxford dictionaries it is the authoritative guide to style for writers, editors, and anyone who works with words.
Helps writers learn how to crafting their own breakout fantasy or sci-fi novel. This guide also helps in: developing the best plot structure; creating believable, exciting characters; writing compelling combat scenes; presenting technology that sounds as if it ought to work; and, also writing a strong proposal and finding the right publisher.
Whether you write fantasy, science fiction, or horror, your vampires, ghouls, aliens, and trolls need to be both compelling and meaningful. With Writing Monsters, you can craft creatures that will wreak havoc in your stories and haunt your readers' imaginations--and nightmares.
Bursting with invaluable advice, this fully updated guide is a must for anyone who has ever yearned to turn their travels into saleable tales. Travel writer Don George and editor Janine Eberle offer tips on everything from research, interviewing and blogging to pitching to publications and getting your name in print.
Poetry Book Society Special Commendation The Independent 50 Best Summer Reads Welcome to a strange new world in which a poem can be written using only one vowel, processed through computer code, collaged from film trailers, compiled from Facebook status updates, hidden inside a Sudoku puzzle, and even painted on sheep to demonstrate Quantum T
YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND WRITING POETRY.Write Poetry - and Get it Published is a new edition of a long-standing and popular guide which offers you plenty of advice and ideas for inspiration as well as practical support for all aspects of the poetry writing and publication process.
Drawing on his extensive experience of poetry workshops and courses, Peter Sansom shows would-be poets how to write better, how to write authentically, and how to say genuinely what is to be said. He illustrates his book with many useful examples, covering the areas of writing techniques and procedures and drafting.
Well-structured form and function can combine to bring a story alive and turn it into a great film. Award-winning screenwriter Cowgill articulates the concepts of successful screenplay structure in clear language and offers a study of memorable films from the thirties to present day.
Each sketch reveals the author's infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction and comedy.Charmingly packaged and published with flair, Pocket Playhouse is the perfect gift for all theatre and comedy writers.
From the writer of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "All the President's Men" and "Marathon Man", Oscar-winning screen writer William Goldman presents his memories and views of movie-making, and of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman and Hoffman.
A sequel to "Adventures in the Screen Trade", this work has more secrets to tell. It shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the sets of such movies as "The Princess Bride", "Misery and Maverick", and fills us in on what it's like to work with Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, amongst many other Hollywood players.
Can you save the missing elf before he is eaten by the big, bad wolf? Is the witch offering you a poisoned apple, or will she help you - by magically shrinking the giant pink rabbit that is terrorizing your castle? This book enables your family to create your own fairy tales.
There are hundreds of books on the market, all trying to teach you how to write a screenplay. Several of them are excellent and useful books. But never - until now - has there been a screenwriting manual written in the form of a screenplay.
Dissecting 21 screenplays, this book analyzes why certain aspects of a screenplay work and others do not. It looks at how the script of "Lawrence of Arabia" varies from the source, "Rear Window", and discusses screenplay adaptations in "Fargo", andasks why a screenwriter would introduce a hero so far into a script.
Suitable for a course in screenwriting. This book provides specific strategies for writing story, character, and script. It is useful as a working manual for screenwriters and offers hands-on advice for solving the many problems that crop up as the work progresses. It also includes examples of script format, a glossary of film terms, and more.
Reveals the art of creative nonfiction. This book shows you how to: gain access to your own memories; look for material outside of yourself; address ethical issues when writing about other people; tackle (and enjoy) background research; avoid cliches and discover fresh language; and keep the passion of writing alive.
Angwin believes the secret of good creative writing is a combination of creative imagination, the form or vehicle it takes and 'factor x'. This book addresses not only style and structure, but also the core, the imagination and the creation of conditions in which factor x may occur.
Writing about real lives takes various forms, which overlap and may be combined with each other: biography, autobiography, biographical criticism, biographical fiction, memoir, confession, diary. In these essays, the author considers some particularly interesting examples of life-writing, and contributes several of his own.
Don Paterson is not only one of our great poets, but also an esteemed authority on the art of poetry. The Poem is a treatise on the art of poetry in three sections - one on lyric, the music of poetic speech; one on sign, and how poetry makes its unique kind of sense; and one on metre, the rhythm of the poetic line.
This book explores the art of poetry writing from a practice-based perspective, showing how form, trope and theory inform the practical craft of writing poems. Written by published poets, many of whom teach writing or literature, The Portable Poetry Workshop will push you to explore beyond your creative writing boundaries.
Fear is one of the most primal emotions, and one of the hardest to reason with and dispel. So why do we scare ourselves? Delving into the darkest corners of horror literature, films, and plays, Darryl Jones explores its monsters and its psychological chills, discussing why horror stories disturb us, and how they reflect society's taboos.
Surveys the schemes, patterns and forms of English verse, and illustrates each variation with an original and witty self-descriptive example. In this fourth edition, the authors offer a personal take on why the book has played such an important role in the education of young poets and student scholars.
An analysis, in which, the author rejects the 'pseudoscholarship' of historical criticism - 'that great demon of chronology' - that considers writers in terms of the period in which they wrote and instead asks us to imagine the great novelists working together in a single room.
A guide to scriptwriting. It uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. It contains interviews with British writers and directors as well as a handy series of legal contracts, video clips and writing exercises.
A unique and indispensable guide to writing the short story. A collection of 26 specially commissioned essays from well-published short story writers who are also prize winners in the toughest short story competitions in the English language.
All drama takes the form of one of 36 situations. That was Georges Polti's theory about theatre, which he put forward in his book 36 Dramatic Situations, published in French in the mid-19th century. Combining re-imagined situations with cinematic examples, and chart-based analysis of 150 great films, this book is a stimulating tool for any writer.