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  • By Freya Alder
    May 26, 2008
    "Excellent Workbook." An excellent coursebook to work through in three to four months or for use as a reference book as an ongoing motivator. This book does it all. The material was originally written by Lisa Selvidge for the online prose-fiction course developed for the UEA (Creative Writing). Her straight forward approach comes from many years experience of teaching in adult education. Now here it is available for many more students in book form. The focus is the short story, although the ideas and the approach are suitable for any prose writing. Clear, step-by-step development of the elements and structure of this form, lead the student to a complete short story. The book is set out in three main sections that work through:- The Idea, The Story and The Re-Writes and of course, as one would expect from such a thorough book, there are many references, examples and a useful Appendices. I've read or worked through several creative writing course books and I would say this... More > is set to become a 'standard' of it's kind. I couldn't recommended it more strongly.< Less
  • By k
    Feb 8, 2008
    "Writing Fiction Workbook" If the proof of the pudding is in the eating then the proof of a creative writing workbook is that it gets you writing. This book certainly achieved that end . . . and not just in the way the author intended! Not only did the included exercises enable some interesting writing to emerge, but the explanations as to what makes a short story (for example) triggered some deep reflection on the form and structure of what we write. This has to be good for me as a writer and thus a sign of a very useful text. Based around Lisa's teaching of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and on-line, this book is both a course book and a workbook suitable for any level of creative writer. Its language is accessible and its layout allows short exercises to be written into the book. Structured to match the three parts of a story the book describes the beginnings (the ideas), the middles (the story) and the ends (the rewrite) necessary for writing short... More > stories . . . with much material relevant to fiction writing generally. This sequence is supported by an Appendix which includes many references and quotes for those who feel the need to research further. Through such extracts Lisa does an excellent job of showing how the world of writing is full of alternative ideas and contradictory opinions on all aspects of fictional writing. She points out, I was relieved to find, that it's really up to us, the writer, to create the characters, plots, stories etc. that feel right for us, not to blindly follow hers, or anybody else's, rules or examples. Although not written with therapeutic writers or facilitators specifically in mind, there is much in Lisa's writing that really gets us thinking, tapping into the ideas and feelings within us that need to come out . . . for whatever reason. Definitely a useful contribution to the field.< Less
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Lisa Selvidge
February 13, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.51 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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