If you’re thinking about attending one of our upcoming #WritingTimes workshops, the free, archive-inspired classes led by UEA tutor Dr. Jake Barrett-Mills, or just want to know more about the craft of creative writing, here are a few suggestions to get started:
Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird is a classic in the field, packed with practical tips, notes on structure, and suggested writing exercises, all related in a lively and anecdotal style.
Crime fiction fans will love Patricia Highsmith’s Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction, in which the queen of suspense shares her secrets of the craft, including pointers on character, setting, and plot development.
This Year You Write Your Novel, from the legendary crime writer Walter Mosley, is the bootcamp of creative writing manuals, providing aspiring writers of any genre with the tools to create a daily writing regimen and produce a first draft of their novel.
In Writing Intersectional Identities, Janelle Adsit and Renee M. Byrd offer a practical guide to writing characters of different social identities, inviting a ‘more explicit discussion of race, class, gender, sexuality and disability in the creative writing workshop.’
For horror fans, Stephen King’s On Writing needs no introduction. King delivers a no-holds-barred memoir of the writing life, along with a ‘toolbox’ to get you started.
Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is both a primer on the craft and a memoir about becoming a writer and teacher. Don’t miss the chapter ‘100 Things About Writing a Novel’.
If these recommendations have inspired you to fire up your laptop or break out your favorite notebook and pen, why not head over to our Eventbrite page and book your place in #WritingTimes?
— post by Suzanne Solomon