Archive for the ‘Creative writing publications’ Category

Studying Creative Writing – Successfully
August 17, 2015

1907076867-frontcoverUndergraduate creative writing programs have grown exponentially in North America in the last twenty years. This book serves as a guide to the various elements that typify the creative writing curriculum in North America and shows students how to navigate the field in order to maximize their future success as writers.

If you’re studying creative writing at a university or college, or considering doing so, this book will: show you what to expect from your course of study, demystify the habitual practices of the field, help you maximize your learning (including online), and advise you on how to sustain yourself as a writer after graduation. It offers a practical guide through the creative writing landscape for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

“A practical field guide to the rocky, thrilling terrain that is a creative writing program. Packed with advice, anecdotes, and practical strategies for students seeking to thrive as writing students in the academy, and beyond.”  – Heather Sellers, author of The  Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students 

Editor: Stephanie Vanderslice directs the Arkansas Writers M.F.A. Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas. She is the author of the first title in our Creative Writing Studies series, Rethinking Creative Writing. She also blogs as The Writing Geek for The Huffington Post.

Contents: Editor’s Preface (Stephanie Vanderslice) x Chapter 1: Making the Creative Writing Major Work for You – Planning Now for the Best Outcome x Chapter 2: Studying Creative Writing at Today’s College or University – What Should I Expect and What Skills Should I Bring? x Chapter 3: Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader x Chapter 4: Invention: Get Started and Keep Going x Chapter 5: Revising Your Writing – Strategies for Improving Your Work, Draft by Draft x Chapter 6: Presenting Your Writing – How to Give a Reading x Chapter 7: The Critical and Reflective Study – How to Write It and Why x Chapter 8: Grading Creative Writing – How it’s Done and Why x Chapter 9: Learning Creative Writing In Cyberspace – Getting the Most Out of an Online x Creative Writing Course Chapter 10: Beyond Graduation – Sustaining Yourself As a Writer x Chapter 11: Literary Citizenship – How You Can Contribute to the Literary Community and Why You Should.

Key terms: creative writing; higher education; assessment; editing; employability; feedback; reading; learning; skills; revision; presentation; essays; online learning; study; literary community; invention strategies.

Publication: June 2016 in paperback (978-1-907076-86-2), ePub (978-1-907076-87-9), and PDF (978-1-907076-88-6).

Creative Writing Studies is an imprint of Frontinus Ltd:

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Researching Creative Writing
June 9, 2015

9781907076169Creative writing and academic research can seem uncomfortable bedfellows. But in this learned, practical book, Jen Webb shows how ‘research practices can invigorate writing; creative practices can invigorate research; and – if properly organised and managed – creative writing can operate as a mode of knowledge generation, a way of exploring problems and answering questions that matter in our current context’. Researching creative writing enables writer-researchers to craft a toolkit that will help them produce better creative work and more rigorous research work.

Jen Webb is Distinguished Professor, Creative Practice, at the University of Canberra.

Contents: Introduction: What is research?; Part 1:  Designing the research – Chapter 2: Finding a project, Chapter 3: The epistemological preliminaries, Chapter 4: The craft of research; Part 2: Doing research – Chapter 5: Writing as research, Chapter 6: Research and other people, Chapter 7: Research and the environment; Part 3: From materials to the published work – Chapter 8: Managing the material, Chapter 9: Writing and telling; Acknowledgements; References; Glossary of key terms; Index.

Key terms: craft of research; creative practice; creative writing; data management; methodology; reflective practice; research; research design; research methods; research writing.

Publication: June 2015 in hardback (ISBN 978-1-907076-37-4), ePub (978-1-907076-16-9), and PDF (978-1-907076-35-0).

“Any reviewer would be hard-pressed to find flaws or omissions in this impressive, scholarly work…Overall, Researching Creative Writing is lucidly-written, logically-structured, and convincingly argued. It offers a concise overview of the field and creative-critical discourse. It is a lighthouse in the pea soup surrounding practice-based research, and as such is useful and welcome.” – Kevan Manwaring, Writing in Education

“[This book] is a joy to read, whether dipping in or reading the whole thing, because it is learned yet accessible without being patronising … The text deals with some very complex ideas relating to practice driven research embedded within creativity and criticality.” – Dr. Vanessa Harbour (

“This is a book that has the potential to help creative writers ‘make knowledge festive’ in the process of creating their research projects. It is structured logically so as to make for optimal comprehension. It is superbly written and gives exciting examples of writers and books that illustrate the process of researching creative writing and writing as research. A book to which I shall refer repeatedly and which I highly recommend not only for tertiary students doing higher research degrees, or academics, but for all writers interested in research as part of the process of their practice.” – Sue Bond, The Compulsive Reader (

Creative Writing Studies is an imprint of Frontinus Ltd:

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Studying Creative Writing
July 1, 2013

Studying Creative Writing Edited by Sharon Norris What can you expect from a creative writing course? What skills do you need to develop? How can you make the most of your degree course – and the opportunities it can create? This book is designed to answer those questions. It explains how to:

  • learn from other writers, workshops, and online study;
  • develop ideas and edit your own work;
  • present your writing and reflect on it;
  • understand and meet assessment requirements;
  • apply your learning to life after the course.

9781907076428-frontcover‘Each contributing writer has an engaging, accessible voice … a marvellous tool for all students of writing.’ — Professor Jen Webb, University of Canberra

Contents: Editor’s preface × ‘What to expect of a creative writing degree’ by Sharon Norris × ‘The skills you’ll need to study creative writing’ by  Ally Chisholm × ‘The importance of reading to your writing’ by Shawn Shiflett × ‘Pre-writing: how to use journals, notes and plans to improve your writing’ by Lorna Fergusson × ‘Workshops: what they are (and aren’t) and how to make the most of them’ by Jennifer Young × ‘Online learning and how it can help your work’ by Elizabeth Reeder × ‘The role of editing and redrafting, and how to do both’ by Spencer Jordan × ‘Reading aloud: making the most of your work when you present it’ by Nabila Jameel × ‘ The role of critical reflective essays and commentaries and how to write them’ by Sharon Norris × ‘Assessment: how it’s done and its implications for your work’ by Helen Kidd × ‘What happens next? How to proceed after graduation’ by Sally O’Reilly × Bibliography.

Key terms: creative writing; higher education; assessment; editing; employability; journaling; learning; skills; online learning reflection;  reading; revision; study; workshops.

Publication: September 2013 in hardback (ISBN 978-1-907076-42-8), ePub (978-1-907076-39-8), and PDF (978-1-907076-40-4); September 2014 in paperback (ISBN 978-1-907076-43-5).

Creative Writing Studies is an imprint of The Professional and Higher Partnership:

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Caves of Making
May 15, 2013

Caves of Making

By Philip Gross

9781907076749This book provides a sustained exploration, and celebration, of creativity. It brings together the work of three remarkable creatives. TS Eliot prizewinner Philip Gross provides a poem, ‘Cave diver in the deep reach’, and an extended commentary on how the poem was written. The book also features an essay by typographer Jeremy Tankard, whose unique ‘Redisturbed’ typeface is used in this book, and an interview with artist Rika Newcombe, who provides the cover image. We offer Caves of Making as the textual equivalent of a creative festival – a festival on the page, as it were.

Formats and ISBN: hardback; 978-1-907076-74-9

Publication date: 31 August 2013.

Extent: 64 pp.

Imprint: Creative Writing Studies.

Publisher: The Professional and Higher Partnership Ltd.

Place of publication: Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Key terms: arts; creative writing; creativity; fine arts; literary work; poetry; reflective practice; typography; writing.

For more information on the Redisturbed typeface (used in Caves of Making for the first time for setting a book), see here: For more information on Rika Newcombe, see here:

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