Creative Writing-an overview for students, teachers and writers
Creative Writing-an overview for students, teachers and writers is an encapsulation of the creative writing process in on-easy-to-assimilate source.
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Creative Writing-an overview for students,
teachers and writers
It must be conceded that it is not easy being a writer in modern times. The profession rewards only a small percentage of individual literary work and competition for recognition and monetary reward is intense. Everyone, it seems, wants to write that ‘break-through’ novel or that scintillating TV sitcom script.
Of course, all is not doom and gloom. Contemporary writers are well aware that joining professional organizations, attending workshops, undertaking courses and reading ‘How To’ books are certainly of help to maintain interest in the craft and improving writing skills to meet the demands of the modern market.
Writing groups in particular—offering an-ongoing critique of one’s work—provide personal contact with writing peers that is invaluable in the on-going development of the creative process. Within libraries and the internet, there are a wide variety of publications dealing with guidelines for specific writing disciplines, genres and techniques. Some publications are over-written with an academic emphasis resulting in information overload. This book is not one of them.
For years, I ran writing classes handing out training notes. ‘Why not make these notes into a book format?’ I was asked. ‘We need an overview for the whole creative writing process and its disciplines.’ So began the birth of Creative Writing — an overview for students, teachers and writers.
I expanded on training notes, provided greater detail on the opportunities for creative writing, kept the instructional layout simple, content selective but substantial, included a section on the Origins of Writing and emphasized the proven guidelines for the production of quality work. I supplemented the instructional text with Appendices to emphasize the most important aspects of the creative writing process. The result has been the encapsulation of relevant material in one easy-to-assimilate publication to meet the demand for an overview.
It is my belief that Creative Writing — an overview for students, teachers and writers, serves as a useful guidance tool for students, teachers and writers, at all levels of writing competence, who are interested in the business of creative writing.
Raymond W Clarke. April 2011