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Author Norris, Sharon.

Title Studying Creative Writing
Published Newmarket : The Professional and Higher Partnership Ltd, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (204 pages)
Series Creative Writing Studies ; v. 4
Creative writing studies.
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Disclaimer; Series; Contents; Editor's preface; Chapter One What to expect of a creative writing degree; Why study creative writing in a time of uncertainty?; The benefits of a creative writing degree; Preparing to study creative writing; Chapter Two The skills you'll need to study creative writing; A willingness to learn; Learn to read as a writer; The power of description; Memorable use of language; The ability to organise your ideas; Lots of ideas; Good research skills; Attention to detail
Conclusion: have as many strings to your bow as possible and be open to new ideasChapter Three The importance of reading to your writing; Writers read differently to other readers; A list of questions; Making your own list; What to do with your list; Conclusion; Note; Chapter Four Pre-writing: how to use journals, notes andplans to improve your writing; What is pre-writing?; Why pre-write?; Pre-writing: tools and techniques; Thinking; Composting; Free-writing; Mind-mapping/clustering; Talking (and listening); Journaling; Noting; Planning; Research; Reading; Playing; Timetabling; Buddying
The downside of pre-writingHow to avoid the downside?; Chapter Five Workshops: what they are (and aren't) and howto make the most of them; The structure of a workshop; Your own work; The work of others; Getting the balance right in feedback; Workshopping after university; Conclusion; Chapter Six Online learning and how it can help your work; Introduction; Pros and cons of learning creative writing online; The virtual learning environment (VLE); Getting orientated: making your own map; Ask questions; Some tools and resources; Discussion forums; Live chats; Assignment tools; Resources; Webinars
Understanding voiceAwareness of body language; When are you likely to have to perform your writing?; During the course; Setting up your own student performance group; Audio-visual; Using social media: Facebook, Twitter and blogs; Slam performances; Marketing; Careers; Writers' opinions; Getting your work out there; Chapter Nine The role of critical reflections and how to write them; Why critical reflection?; Background; Other useful things about critical reflections; They link you to a wider literary tradition; Adding another string to your bow
WikisInvisibility online; Practise your craft; Language and structure matters; Finally; Chapter Seven The role of editing and redrafting, and how to do both; It's never over till it's over, or the myth of the finished story; Here we go again: editing and redrafting, the key techniques; So, who exactly does this editing?; A friend or 'trusted reader'; An editor or agent; Editing that you can do; Ongoing editing; Summative editing; The 'short and sweet' mode; The 'long and hard' mode; Conclusion; Chapter Eight Reading aloud: making the most of your workwhen you present it; The basics
Summary Studying Creative Writing provides a practical guide for current and prospective students of creative writing in higher education. It explains how courses work, what they require from students, how students can make the most of opportunities and achieve success, and where creative courses lead next
Notes Creative writing as a reflective/reflexive activity
Print version record
Subject Creative writing (Higher education)
Fiction -- Technique.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1907076395 (electronic bk.)
9781907076398 (electronic bk.)