A guide to writing fiction by the Booker Prize-winning author of Vernon God Little.Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, Release the Bats explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction.
A guide to writing a short story. It features a collection of 24 essays from the short story writers, many of them prize winners in the toughest short story competitions in the English language. It includes writing exercises, and lists of published stories.
A guide to the modes and methods of Creative Writing research, designed to be invaluable to university staff and students in formulating research ideas, and in selecting appropriate strategies. Creative writing researchers from around the globe offer a selection of models that readers can explore and on which they can build.
Drawing on years of experience of writing, teaching and publishing, this book offers essential tools for anyone interested in honing their craft. With a variety of exercises and freewriting prompts to help you try new styles and approaches, it is suitable for aspiring poets, non-fiction writers, novelists and all lovers of words.
A general anthology of speeches which includes examples from the pulpit, from the Commons and from the scaffold. They range from the Sermon on the Mount to Kennedy's "Ask not what" speech, from the Gettysburg Address to Winston Churchill's war speeches, and from Adolf Hitler to Martin Luther.
'Both a writer's notebook and a manual. To explain what techniques? Something like those involved in the in the miracle at Whitsum. When tongues of fire filled the house and the apostles received the gifts of words. A preparatory manual. Practical. Straightforward. Containing hope.'
David Galef provides a guide to writing flash fiction, from tips on technique to samples by canonical and contemporary authors to provocative prompts that inspire powerful stories in a little space. Brevity is an indispensable resource for anyone working in this increasingly popular form.
Rules for Mavericks is a guidebook to leading a creative life, to being a renaissance dilettante, to infesting your art form with other art forms, to taking a stand against mediocrity, to rejecting bloodless orthodoxies, to embracing your own pretension and, most of all, to dealing with your failure(s).
A guide to fiction with introductions to over 1,100 authors. This book covers twentieth-century fiction, popular classics, autobiographical fiction and foreign language translations, and includes 34 overviews by best-selling authors introducing different genres.
A revised edition of the very successful fully illustrated guide to writing fantastical fiction, which provides instruction and motivation for aspiring authors from some of today's bestselling fantasy authors
In this series of interviews drawn from his BBC Radio 3 series, John Tusa talks to some of the leading creative minds of our times - including Howard Hodgkin, Edward Bond, Eve Arnold, Frank Auerbach and Muriel Spark. Two essays by John Tusa on creativity and on interviewing are also included.
A brilliantly funny and clever exploration of why it's only in a bookshop that you'll find something you never knew you wanted to read, from the author of The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence
Taken from award-winning writer Lorrie Moore's debut short story collection Self-Help (1985), this is a wryly witty deconstruction of tips for aspiring writers, told in vignettes by a self-absorbed narrator who fails to observe the world around her.
Wonderbook is an innovative, completely novel approach on a writing guide. Through an accessible, example rich approach that emphasises the importance of playfulness and pragmatism, Wonderbook will motivate while also providing practical, nuts and bolts information needed to improve as a writer. This book is geared toward both teens and adults.
Exploring the practice of writing through stylistics, Jeremy Scott draws on the work of writers and theorists to show how stylistic techniques can help writers enhance their own fiction. Negotiating the creative-critical crossover, this book helps students develop practical writing skills and a critical awareness of creative possibilities.
The nearly seventy short essays in A Manner of Being, by some of the best contemporary writers from around the world, pay homage to mentors who enlighten, push, encourage, and sometimes hurt, fail, and limit their proteges. This collection is rich with anecdotes from the heartfelt to the salacious, gems of writing advice, and guidance for how to live the writing life.