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Writing Talk: Interviews with writers about the creative process

Neale, Derek ed. (2020). Writing Talk: Interviews with writers about the creative process. London: Routledge.

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Writing Talk includes interviews with nineteen well-known contemporary writers, exploring the ways in which they research and find their original ideas. Working across genres such as fiction, scriptwriting, radio, life writing, biography and more, the writers offer insight into how they interpret, hone and develop these ideas. The conversations examine the roles of technique, craft, language, reading, memory, serendipity, habit and persistence. They offer technical detail about the creative process and give unique insights into the borderlands between genres as well as offering rich, personal insights and universal resonances. A wide- ranging introduction surveys the reasons why we are intrigued by the mysteries of individual writing practice and how these illuminate critical attitudes to literature and performance. Offering a rare glimpse into the creative process of some of this generation’s most eminent voices, Writing Talk is a must-read for anyone interested in how stories are found and made.

Interviewees include: Alan Ayckbourn, Iain Banks, Helen Blakeman, Louis de Bernières, Sarah Butler, Andrew Cowan, Jenny Diski, Patricia Duncker, David Edgar, Tanika Gupta, Richard Holmes, Hanif Kureishi, Bryony Lavery, Toby Litt, Kareem Mortimer, Michèle Roberts, Jane Rogers, Willy Russell, Sally Wainwright.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2020 selection and editorial matter, Derek Neale; individual chapters, the contributors
ISBN: 0-429-45339-6, 978-0-429-45339-7
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Keywords: Creative writing; creative process; stories; scriptwriting; film; theatre; plays; novels; life writing; biography; creative nonfiction; life writing; writing process; literature; literary studies; drama; radio; television; theories of creativity; English
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Contemporary Cultures of Writing
Item ID: 69416
Depositing User: Derek Neale
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2020 10:04
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 18:39
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