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The Future for Creative Writing

ISBN: 978-0-470-65492-7
160 pages
May 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is a compelling look at the current state and future direction of creative writing by a preeminent scholar in the field.

  • Explores the practice of creative writing, its place in the world, and its impact on individuals and communities
  • Considers the process of creative writing as an art form and as a mode of communication
  • Examines how new technology, notably the internet and cell phones, is changing the ways in which creative work is undertaken and produced
  • Addresses such topics as writing as a cultural production, the education of a creative writer, the changing nature of communication, and different attitudes to empowerment
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 The Age of Creative Writing 17

2 Dynamism and the Creative Writer 35

3 Creative Writing Educating 53

4 Developing Creative Exposition 71

5 Selling and Buying Creative Writing 89

6 Speaking in Creative Writing 107

7 Living and Working as a Creative Writer 119

Conclusion 135

Selected Reading 143

Index 149

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Author Information

Graeme Harper is a Professor of Creative Writing and Dean of The Honors College at Oakland University, Michigan, USA. A writer of fiction and a scriptwriter, he is an honorary professor in the United Kingdom, and was inaugural Chair of the Higher Education Committee at the UK’s National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE). He is the editor of The Companion to Creative Writing (Wiley Blackwell, 2013) and author of Inside Creative Writing: Interviews with Contemporary Writers (2012) and On Creative Writing (2010). He serves as editor for New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing.

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Reviews

“Intellectually alert and deeply committed to its subject, Graeme Harper offers a cogent and wide-ranging vision of what creative writing can become in the 21st Century. His arguments deserve to be widely discussed and debated. They challenge many of our current assumptions about the purpose and value of creative writing in higher education and elsewhere.'
Jon Cook, University of East Anglia

“Deeply personal yet grounded in philosophy, Graeme Harper’s monograph on the future for creative writing brightly situates the author at the intersections of culture, therapy, spirituality, and creativity.  This is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of the artist and alphabetic text, or the ever-increasingly popularity of creative writing as a discipline.  Ultimately, this is an inspiring, uplifting account of the ways creative writing fosters humanity and human evolution.”
Joseph Moxley, University of South Florida

“Not so long ago, the idea of a creative writer as a creature operating within the academy was viewed as strange at best, anathema at worst. Now, creative writing as an academic discipline has spread across the Anglophone world and is making inroads beyond. As founder and long-time editor of New Writing, Graeme Harper has been uniquely situated to observe – some might say to preside over – this remarkable disciplinary explosion. The genius of his new book, The Future of Creative Writing, is that it addresses not only our past thinking and methodologies about and within the discipline of creative writing, or even just those that are current, but also those that might be coming. There is much here that is being articulated and made visible for the first time. As the title suggests, Graeme Harper is optimistic about The Future of Creative Writing – and his book makes a powerful argument for this optimistic view.”
Katherine Coles, University of Utah

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