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Books: Investigative Creative Writing: Spitzer

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Date: 20-Feb-2020
From: Janet Joyce <>
Subject: Investigative Creative Writing: Spitzer
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Title: Investigative Creative Writing
Subtitle: Teaching and Practice
Series Title: Frameworks for Writing
Published: 2020
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd

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Author: Mark Spitzer
Electronic: ISBN: 9781781797198 Pages: 278 Price: U.S. $ 38
Hardback: ISBN: 9781781797174 Pages: 278 Price: U.S. $ 100
Paperback: ISBN: 9781781797181 Pages: 278 Price: U.S. $ 38

Investigative Creative Writing is Mark Spitzer’s lively and original treatment of creative writing practice and teaching within a college/university environment. The author presents an experiential, discovery-based approach that builds on teaching theories of established writers and scholars as well as current innovators and his own extensive experience as a creative writer, editor, and university academic.

Teachers, students, and writers in the fields of English, literary studies, composition and rhetoric, applied linguistics, and education should find this book, written by a prolific creative writer and enthusiastic writing teacher, not only enlightening and engaging, but also useful. Investigative Creative Writing can be envisioned as a practical tool illustrating ways of overcoming hurdles that impede writers from venturing into unknown territory where discoveries take place. In addition to assisting in developing and honing cutting-edge creative writing programs, this book will be helpful for writers in getting to the meat of the matter, generating narratives and dialogue, identifying arguments, fleshing out character traits, discovering direction for plots, and developing a host of other skills that foster and embolden a literary freedom of the imagination. The text includes examples of teaching techniques and assignments from the author’s classes which are intended for instructors to adjust according to their needs, along with
extensive discussion of his own practices of investigative creative writing and experience in teaching and developing writing curricula.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Ling & Literature

Written In: English (eng)

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