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Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft (Penguin Academics Series) (original 2003; edition 2002)

by Janet Burroway (Author)

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Janet Burroway's bestselling Imaginative Writng:  The Elements of Craft explores the craft of creative writing in four genres:  Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction.  A trade author as well as a professor of creative writing, Burroway brings her years of teaching and writing to this book.  "Try-This" exercises appear throughout each chapter. Provocative and fun, these exercises help writers develop the specific writing skills discussed within the text.  "Working toward a draft" exercises encourage writers to develop their ideas into complete drafts.  In response to reviewer requests, the preface "Invitation to the Writer" has been expanded into a full chapter. This new chapter introduces writers to important skills such as reading like a writer, journaling, and participating in the writer's workshop.  This book offers lots of ideas and encouragement at a great price!    … (more)
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This is quite a good creative writing text. It doesn't assume that readers are complete writing beginners, which means that the hints and activities in it are more useful than in some books. I personally thought that the chapters on character and development & revision were the most helpful, but others would have different preferences. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
Imaginative Writing is the first book a creative writer should read. Genius short stories, great encouragement, and journal prompts make it one of the first things I'd suggest you put on your shelf. ( )
  KatelynSBolds | Nov 12, 2018 |
Burroway makes some enlightening points and has some pretty good pieces as examples of good writing; but the book fails on so many levels. The first being that it is the third edition of a book that has not really been updated in any necessary form since its first edition. Plus, the font is atrocious on the eyes. Another reason I dislike this book is because Burroway borrows from most of her insights made in another book on writing fiction Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. ( )
  JosephJ | Sep 21, 2010 |
A shoddy attempt at trying to formulate fiction. Not worth the money or the time. ( )
  ral12345 | Jun 5, 2009 |
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I just realize that we start out in these very awkward ways, and we do look a little stupid as we draft, and that's all right...You have to be willing to go into the chaos and bring back the beauties.
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For Neal, Eleanor, Holly, and Thyre—who inherit the language.
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You started learning to write—at the latest—as soon as you were born.
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Janet Burroway's bestselling Imaginative Writng:  The Elements of Craft explores the craft of creative writing in four genres:  Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction.  A trade author as well as a professor of creative writing, Burroway brings her years of teaching and writing to this book.  "Try-This" exercises appear throughout each chapter. Provocative and fun, these exercises help writers develop the specific writing skills discussed within the text.  "Working toward a draft" exercises encourage writers to develop their ideas into complete drafts.  In response to reviewer requests, the preface "Invitation to the Writer" has been expanded into a full chapter. This new chapter introduces writers to important skills such as reading like a writer, journaling, and participating in the writer's workshop.  This book offers lots of ideas and encouragement at a great price!    

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