A Writer’s Craft

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This introductory creative writing text uses a unique, multi-genre approach to provide students with a broad-based knowledge of their craft, treating them as professional writers. Beginning by discussing elements common to all genres, this book underscores the importance of learning good writing habits before committing to a genre, encouraging writers to look beyond their genre expectations and learn from other forms.

The book then devotes one chapter to each of the major literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama and creative nonfiction. These style-specific sections provide depth as they compare the different genres, furnishing students with a comprehensive understanding of creative writing as a discipline and fostering creativity. The discussion concludes with a chapter on digital media and an appendix on literary citizenship and publishing. With exercises at the end of each chapter, a glossary of literary terms, and a list of resources for further study, A Writer’s Craft is the ideal companion to an introductory creative writing class.  

  • Paperback 9781137610942, $27
  • Hardback 9781137610959, $80
  • Ebook 9781137610966, $22

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Praise for A Writer’s Craft

Like a generous, trusted mentor, Dunkelberg helps novice writers tap what they already know in the process of discovering how creative writing works. Along the way, he offers twists on familiar literary concepts that are sure to invigorate the creative writing classroom in exciting new ways.

Stephanie Vanderslice, University of Central Arkansas, USA

Either as an introduction or as a refresher, A Writer’s Craft serves as a straightforward guide to the broad world of creative writing. Many craft elements applicable across genres are discussed in chapters such as “The Writing Process,” “Language, Rhythm, and Sound,” “Character and Voice,” and “Perspective and Point of View.” The book presents an in-depth exploration of the specific forms of creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama, and provides lists of further recommended reading, a glossary of literary terms, guidelines for workshops, and advice on how to be a good literary citizen.

Poets & Writers Magazine

A Writer’s Craft is everything the beginning creative writing student—and instructor—needs to know. No other book for such a course accomplishes as much as clearly, cohesively, and quickly. I’ll use it the next chance I get!

Anna Leahy, Chapman University, USA

An excellent resource for teachers of writing. Offering clear and practical advice and a range of approaches and exercises, this text is suitable for a range of abilities and will quickly become a staple in the creative writing classroom.

Belinda Castles, University of Exeter, UK