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The Handbook of Creative Writing

Edited by Steven Earnshaw

Edition: 2

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The inspirational resource for tutors, students and other creative writing professionals, now in a new edition.

‘An invaluable guide for anyone thinking of teaching creative writing, at any level…It's really nice to come across a book that's so thoughtfully organized, so thorough, entertaining and just plain useful’.
Catherine Smith, The New Writer, on the first edition

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Preface to Second Edition
Introduction, Steven Earnshaw
Section One – Writing: Theories and Contexts: 1. Theories of Creativity and Creative Writing Pedagogy, Anna Leahy, Mary Cantrell and Mary Swander
2. The Evaluation of Creative Writing at MA Level (UK), Jenny Newman
3. The Creative Writing MFA, Stephanie Vanderslice
4. Creative Writing and Critical Theory, Lauri Ramey
5. Literary Genres, David Rain
6. The Writer as Artist, Steven Earnshaw
7. The Future of Creative Writing, Paul Dawson
Section Two – The Craft of Writing Prose: 8. Reading, Writing and Teaching The Short Story, E. A. Markham
9. Writing the Memoir, Judith Barrington
10. Introduction to the Novel, Jane Rogers
11. Crime Fiction, John Dale
12. Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, Crawford Kilian
13. How Language Lives Us: Reading and Writing Historical Fiction, Brian Kiteley
14. Writing Humorous Fiction, Susan Hubbard
15. Writing for Children, Alan Brown
16. Writing for Teenagers, Linda Newbery
17. The ‘Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Creative Nonfiction, But were too Naïve or Uninformed to Ask’ Workshop Simulation, Lee Gutkind
Poetry: 18. Introduction to Poetry, Sean O’Brien
19. What is Form?, W. N. Herbert
20. New Poetries, Aaron Kunin
21. The Poet in the Theatre: Verse Drama, Sean O’Brien
22. The Sequence and the Long Poem, George Szirtes
Scriptwriting: 23. Introduction to Scriptwriting, Mike Harris
24. Writing for the Stage, Brighde Mullins
25. Writing for Radio, Mike Harris
26. Writing for Television, Stephen V. Duncan
27. Writing for Television – UK Differences, John Milne
28. Writing for Film, Bonnie O’Neill
Other Writing: 29. Song Lyrics and Poetry, Pat Pattison
30. Flash Fiction, Tony Williams
31. Writing as Experimental Practice, Thalia Field
32. Creative-Critical Hybrids, Hazel Smith
33. Writing as ‘Therapy’, Fiona Sampson
34. Writing in the Community, Linda Sargent
35. Writing for the Web, James Sheard
36. The Role of the Critical Essay, Scott McCracken
37. Translation, Susan Bassnett
38. Collaboration in the Theatre, Timothy Braun
39. Creative Writing Doctorates, Graeme Harper
40. How to Start a Literary Magazine, Rebecca Wolff
Section Three – The Writer’s Life: 41. How to be a Writer, John Milne
42. How to Present Yourself as a Writer, Alison Baverstock
43. Meet Your Public: Creative Writing and Social Media, Lou Treleaven
44. Publishing Fiction, Mary Mount
45. American PoBiz, Chase Twichell
46. Publishing Poetry in Britain, Sean O’Brien
47. The Literary Agent (Novel), David Smith
48. The Film Agent, Julian Friedmann
49. The Literary Agent: Television, Theatre and Radio, Alan Brodie
50. Copyright, Shay Humphrey, with Lee Penhaligan
51. Self-Publishing and the Rise of the Indie Author, Jane Rowland
52. Literary Life: Prizes, Anthologies, Festivals, Reviewing, Grants, Tom Shapcott
53. The Writer as Teacher, Gareth Creer
54. Making a Living as a Writer, Livi Michael
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About the Author

Steven Earnshaw is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University. Publications include Beginning Realism (2010), Existentialism (2006), The Pub in Literature (2000), and The Direction of Literary Theory (1996). He has also published short stories, essays on creative writing and other topics, and been involved in digital art collaborations. He was previously Head of English at Sheffield Hallam University, and Course Leader of its MA Writing.


This is a timely and perceptive guide to the practice, pedagogy, and prospects for one of the fastest growing areas in English studies. For the range and richness of its contributions covering the craft of composition from every imaginable angle, and for the variety and vibrancy of its engagement with literary art as a public form, this volume will become a touchstone for all who value creative writing as an engaging art, and an art of engagement.
- Professor Willy Maley, University of Glasgow
It's an invaluable guide for anyone thinking of teaching creative writing, at any level – I really wish it had been available years ago... It's really nice to come across a book that's so thoughtfully organised, so thorough, entertaining and just plain useful.
- Catherine Smith, The New Writer

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