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A Companion to Creative Writing

Graeme Harper (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-32577-3 March 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 456 Pages


A Companion to Creative Writing comprehensively considers key aspects of the practice, profession and culture of creative writing in the contemporary world.


  • The most comprehensive collection specifically relating to the practices and cultural and professional place of creative writing
  • Covers not only the “how” of creative writing, but many more topics in and around the profession and cultural practices surrounding creative writing
  • Features contributions from international writers, editors, publishers, critics, translators, specialists in public art and more
  • Covers the writing of poetry, fiction, new media, plays, films, radio works, and other literary genres and forms
  • Explores creative writing’s engagement with culture, language, spirituality, politics, education, and heritage


Notes on Contributors ix

Foreword by Sir Andrew Motion xiii

Introduction 1
Graeme Harper

Part I Creative Writing 7

1 The Architecture of Story 9
Lorraine M. López

2 Writing Creative Nonfiction 24
Bronwyn T. Williams

3 Writing Poetry 40
Nigel McLoughlin

4 Writing for Children and Young Adults 56
Kathleen Ahrens

5 Write on! Practical Strategies for Developing Playwriting 71
Peter Billingham

6 Writing for Sound/Radio 86
Steve May

7 Writing the Screenplay 98
Craig Batty

8 New Media Writing 115
Carolyn Handler Miller

9 How to Make a Pocket Watch: The British Ph.D. in Creative Writing 129
Simon Holloway

10 Creative Writing and the Other Arts 144
Harriet Edwards and Julia Lockheart

Part II The Creative Writer’s Profession 161

11 Agents, Publishers, and Booksellers: A Historical Perspective 163
John Feather

12 The Changing Role of the Editor: Editors Past, Present, and Future 179
Frania Hall

13 Translation as Creative Writing 195
Manuela Perteghella

14 Creative Writing and “the lash of criticism” 213
Steven Earnshaw

15 But What’s Really at Stake for the Barbarian Warrior? Developing a Pedagogy for Paraliterature 229
Jeffrey S. Chapman

16 Creative Writing and Education 245
Jeri Kroll

17 The Rise and Rise of Writers’ Festivals 263
Cori Stewart

18 Creative Writing Research 278
Graeme Harper

19 Literary Prizes and Awards 291
Claire Squires

Part III Creative Writing in the World 305

20 D.H. Lawrence, Forever on the Move: Creative Writers and Place 307
Louise DeSalvo

21 The Psychology of Creative Writing 320
Marie J.C. Forgeard, Scott Barry Kaufman, and James C. Kaufman

22 Creative Writing around the World 334
Matthew McCool

23 Creative Hauntings: Creative Writing and Literary Heritage at the British Library 348
Jamie Andrews

24 Politics 357
Jon Cook

25 Creative Writing and the Cold War University 377
Eric Bennett

26 “To the imagination, the sacred is self-evident”: Thoughts on Spirituality and the Vocation of Creative Writing 393
J. Matthew Boyleston

27 The Writer-Teacher in the United States: The Place of Teachers in the Community of Writers 405
Patrick Bizzaro

28 Creative Writing to the Future 421
Graeme Harper

Index 433