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EN2215 Creative Writing: Structure and Style

Summer Reading List 2016-17

Course Tutors: TBC

Preparation over the summer

Beyond the short readings specified for the first session (as detailed in the course booklet), you have no specific reading assigned over the summer; but you are encouraged to read as widely as possible in contemporary writing, including at least one book from the Man Booker longlist (announced on 29 July) AND one classic that you've always meant to read but have never got round to (20th Century classics count here as well).

The Man Booker longlist can be found here.

Buy a notebook and carry it around with you, jotting down ideas, observations, overheard dialogue and so on.

Start thinking (if you haven't done so already) about what you would like to write in the Autumn term, Short stories? A novel or novella? Prose poem?

You will be required to submit book reviews to the course blog. These reviews form part of your final mark, and will be judged not only on their content, but on how well they are written- how lucid, elegantly framed and entertaining the prose, how innovative their form. You can read reviews by the 2013 class here.

You are not required to publish your own blog, but I urge you to do so.

Over the summer, please become familiar with the following newspapers and websites:

Some Useful Books:

  • Barnet, Sylvan et al, 2004, An Introduction to Literature, New York and London: Pearson (Longman)
  • Brooks, Peter, Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative (Harvard University Press, 1992)
  • Casterton, Julia, 1986, 1998, Creative Writing. A Practical Guide, Basingstoke and London: Macmillan
  • Doubtfire, Dianne, 1978, 1998, The Craft of Novel-Writing, London: Allison and Busby
  • Mills, Paul, 1996, Writing in Action, London and New York: Routledge
  • Novakovic, Josip, 1995, Fiction Writer's Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio: Story Press
  • Sheriff, John Paxton, 1995, 1998, Practical Short Story Writing, London: Robert Hale
  • Singleton, John and Mary Luckhurst, The Creative Writing Handbook: Techniques for New Writers, Second Edition, Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.






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