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The Art of Writing Fiction


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Table of Contents

1. Writers' routines 2. Write about what you know: Observational journals 3. Write about what you don't know: Automatic writing 4. Don't tell me... 5. Write about what you used to know: Remembering and place 6. Write about who you know: Character 7. Voices 8. Viewpoints 9. Middles, ends, beginnings: Structure 10. Making strange: Defamiliarisation 11. Making clear: Revision, grammer and punctuation 12. Workshopping

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Thought-provoking, useful, and unique guide to successful creative writing, from a prize-winning novelist and leader of the UK's most highly regarded creative writing course.

About the Author

Andrew Cowan is the Director of the Creative Writing programme at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of five novels, including Pig (1994), which won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and most recently Worthless Men (2014).


'Drawing on his own experience as a writer, Andrew Cowan lays bare the notes and experiences that he has used in his career, aiming to give an introduction to the creative writing process.'
Times Higher Education'Very sane, intelligent, and in tune with my own experience of teaching.'
Tessa Hadley, Bath Spa University

'It looks absolutely great and will be a tremendous asset in our program.'
Professor Brian Castro, University of Adelaide

'At last a well-written, intelligent book about Creative Writing that I can comfortably recommend to my students.'
Matt Thorne, Brunel University

'Not only is it really useful and informative, it is also enjoyable to read... essential reading for all my students!'
Michael Langan, University of Greenwich

'Structurally the book is perfect, but what makes it magical is the revelatory tone... intimate and honest and instructive in a meditative manner. Solid advice sure, but sold so poetically.'
Susan Bradley Smith, La Trobe University

'The best coursebook on Creative Writing that I have ever read. Everything is here... writer/teachers will be stealing from this book for years to come.'
Richard Beard, National Academy of Writing

'I think it's a really fantastic resource. The chapter on 'Viewpoints' is perfect.'
Karen Stevens, University of Chichester 'Clearly written, interesting and well-targeted suggestions for practical exercises.'
Wayne Price, Aberdeen University

'I've recommended it to my MA and PhD students. It's a work that in a very unself-conscious way takes us with the writer through the stages of the creative writing experience. I found the quotes honest and apposite and unlaboured. It is authentic.'
Dic Edwards, University of Wales Lampeter

'The book covers many of the narrative and creative issues that come up when teaching creative writing. The examples are excellent. The chapters rise in complexity beginning with an engaging piece on writers' places and practice and gradually taking novice writers through more complex narrative issues.'
Stephanie Norgate, University of Chichester

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