From Language to Creative Writing: An Introduction

Author(s): Philip Seargeant

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Developed by The Open University, this textbook offers an innovative introduction to the study of the English language and the practices, skills and strategies of creative writing. For anyone studying English Language or Creative Writing at tertiary level or in higher education, or for developing writers and those interested in the nature of linguistic creativity, it offers a uniquely integrated approach. Readers will better understand the structure and uses of language and be able to use a full range of strategies in crafting and developing their own writing. Offering a detailed investigation of language, the authors examine both everyday use and examples from literature and the media to illustrate the diverse ways in which language is used in a variety of social contexts. They consider accent and dialect, standard and non-standard English, how language use varies according to its purpose, and the relationship it has to identity. Interwoven with the study of language are creative writing chapters that introduce strategies for the reader to draw upon in their own writing. Practical writing exercises develop the ability to select and shape language for different effects, create 'voice' in a story, and utilise patterns of sound in the composition of poetry. This unique textbook will develop a better appreciation of language in use, as well as the skills to craft writing in distinctive ways.


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This textbook examines the ways that language is used in different contexts and combines it with the study and practice of creative writing strategies.

Philip Seargeant is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Language and Communication, The Open University, UK. He is the author of Exploring World Englishes: Language in a global context, and The Idea of English in Japan: Ideology and the evolution of a global language, and editor of English in the World: History, diversity, change. Bill Greenwell is Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University, UK. He is co-author of A Creative Writing Handbook: Developing dramatic technique, individual style and voice (Bloomsbury Publishing). His poetry and parodies have appeared in fifty anthologies, and his collection Impossible Objects was shortlisted for the Forward Prize best first collection in 2006.

List of tables and figures Acknowledgments Introduction: From language to creative writing The study of language and the practice of creative writing Speech and dialect Inventing a voice Speech and conversation Inventing dialogue Writing and register Context, time and point of view 'Literary' language Writing poetry Afterword: How we shape language to express ourselves Glossary References Index

General Fields

  • : 9781408175217
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Academic
  • : January 2013
  • : books

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  • : Philip Seargeant
  • : Paperback
  • : 176