When the author burst onto the scene in 2003, he arrived with no particular literary education. Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, this book explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction. It also reveals everything that the author learned the hard way.
Features interviews with Jennifer Egan, Amy Hempel, Orhan Pamuk, Richard Powers, and Marjane Satrapi. This book presents a collection of conversations between writers and their mentors, taken from the pages of "The Believer".
Suitable for those interested in exploring personal material in their writing, this book examines how a range of successful writers approach personal material and the different modes and techniques they use. It focuses on a range of universal experiences including childhood, identity, adult relationships and loss.
A new anthology from renowned literary critic John Freeman, Freeman's: The Best New Writing on Arrival features never-before-published stories by Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdrich, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, Lydia Davis, David Mitchell, and others.
An inspiring, stimulating new edition of this writer's companion and practical guide to the craft of fiction, scriptwriting, poetry and more experimental forms of writing. Updated and revised throughout, the text now contains new chapters on writing for digital media, flash fiction, memoir, and taking your writing out into the world.
What is the role of the storyteller in 21st Century society? Do stories possess the power to change the world we live in? This book sets out to investigate the ways in which stories can lend an identity to a whole society. It explores how books can hold the secret to what binds us together.
Provides an introduction to creative writing, covering the four genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. This book investigates a specific element of craft - Image, Voice, Character, Setting, and Story from a perspective that crosses various genres.
This is a companion to "The Creative Writing Handbook" now in its second edition. It is very much aimed at the individual writer, based on the idea that real writing comes from within and that writing is a craft, skill with determination, art with attitude.
What is the secret of good prose? Does writing well even matter in an age of instant communication? Should we care? This book tells about the modern art of writing, and shows us why we all need a sense of style.
In a sequence of intimate conversations with some of the most influential and insightful writers of the twentieth century, the author explores the importance of region, politics and history in their work and that of their predecessors.
'This brilliant collection of essays should be a feast for his admirers, as well as for those who approach his dazzling oeuvre for the first time-Calvino is not only constantly and supremely intelligent; he is constantly and supremely faithful to his narrative imagination' Guardian
The story of English culture over a thousand years can be told as the story of changing ideas about the weather. Writers and artists across the centuries, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things. This book is a celebration of English air and a life-story of those who have lived in it.
'"Good story" means something worth telling that the world wants to hear. Finding this is your lonely task... but the love of a good story, of terrific characters and a world driven by your passion, courage and creative gifts is still not enough. Your goal must be a good story well told.' Robert McKee
Provides a lively introduction to what is both a wide ranging and a hugely popular literary genre. Using examples from a variety of novels short stories, films and television series, the author presents a concise history of crime fiction.
Intended for aspiring writers, this coursebook covers creative process and 'going public', as well as the popular genres of fiction, poetry, and life writing. It includes sections, which offer advice and exercises, as well as extracts for study, taken from works by a range of writers, from Virginia Woolf to Patricia Highsmith.
In magazines, non-fiction offers many opportunities for the freelance writer. This book discusses surveying the field, ideas, research, style and structure, selling work, interviewing, supplying pictures and problem solving. It includes a section on electronic aids for the magazine writer.
Many of us would like to write but find it difficult to begin. This book provides practical suggestions to help all writers give shape and substance to their ideas. There are tips on subjects to write about, ways of approaching them and how to develop writer's skills and critical powers.
A step-by-step book that shows you how to organise your writing around weekends. It includes a programme for each weekend in the year, explaining each stage from the basics of character, scene and plot, and to the construction of the novel in scenes and chapters.
Suitable for tutors, students and other creative writing professionals, this edition includes 54 chapters that cover the three central pillars of writing creatively: theories of creativity, the craft of writing and creative writing as a business.