Creative Writing

Links to all things relating to creative writing

1. Podcasts from the Open University in ItunesU

“The tracks on this album offer an invaluable insight into a wide range of techniques and practices surrounding Creative Writing. Writers as diverse as Alan Ayckbourn, Ian McMillan and Tanika Gupta talk openly about their approaches and attitudes to all aspects of writing from original concept to final drafts and productions. Writing for stage, print, television and radio is discussed in engaging and articulate detail. This material forms part of The Open University course A363 Advanced creative writing.”

2. Creative Writing Masterclass with Keith Grey from Scotland

Scottish writer Keith Gray’s  5-part series on writing. See also

3. Verbatim theatre

Background from Drama Online

“Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre which is based on the spoken words of real people. In its strictest form, verbatim theatre-makers use real people’s words exclusively, and take this testimony from recorded interviews. However, the form is more malleable than this, and writers have frequently combined interview material with invented scenes, or used reported and remembered speech rather than recorded testimony. . . ”

Writing verbatim theatre with Alana Valentine

 Parramatta Girls by Alan Valentine

4. Poetry

Blake_Chimney_Sweeper_(1794)Poetry doesn’t need to be confined to creative writing classes. You can ask students to write poetry as a response to ideas about a medical incident, an educational problem, a design challenge, an engineering feat, or the beauty of mathematics. Reading and writing poetry – let go of the analytic and connect with the creative, and both might soar beyond the ordinary. Here are some ideas from poet and teacher Tami Haaland, Montana State University.

Image: The Chimney Sweeper
Blake 1794, public domain

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