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Module Reading List

Creative Writing, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Kimberly Campanello
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Craft and Process

Anderson, Linda, ed. Creative writing : a workbook with readings ISBN: 0415372437 (pbk); 0415372429 (hbk) (Oxford: OUP/Routledge, 2006)  

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, Creativity : flow and the psychology of discovery and invention ISBN: 0060928204 (pbk); 0060171332 (New York: HarperCollins, 1996)

McKee, Robert, Story ISBN: 9780413715609 (pbk.); 0413715604 (pbk.); 0413715507 (London: Methuen 1999) Chapter 1 The Story Problem
  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Morley, David, The Cambridge introduction to creative writing ISBN: 9780521547543 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780521838801 (hardback : alk. paper); 0521838800 (hardback : alk. paper); 0521547547 (pbk. : alk. paper) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) 

Phillips, Larry W (ed), Ernest Hemingway on writing ISBN: 9780684854298 (New York: Scribner 2004)

Steinbeck, John, Journal of a Novel ISBN: 0434740187 (London: Mandarin, 1991)

Strunk, William, White, E.B., The Elements of Style (Massachusetts: Allyn & Bacon 2000)


Auster, Paul (ed), True tales of American life ISBN: 0571210708, (London: Faber and Faber 2001)

Kay, Jackie, Why don't you stop talking ISBN: 9780330511803 (pbk.) : £7.99; 0330511807 (pbk.) : £7.99 (London: Picador, 2002)  

Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda, Americanah ISBN: 9780007306220 : 20.00 (London: Fourth Estate 2017)

Rooney, Sally, Normal people ISBN: 9780571334643 (hbk.) : £14.99; 9780571334667 (ePub ebook) : £8.99 (London: Faber and Faber, 2018)  


Armitage, Simon, The unaccompanied ISBN: 9780571333844 (hardback) (London: Faber and Faber, 2017) 

Astley, Neil, ed. Staying alive (Newcastle: Bloodaxe, 2002)

Carver, Raymond, All of Us (London: Harvill 1997)  

Non Fiction

Holmes, Richard, Sidetracks (London: HarperCollins 2000)  

Kay, Jackie, Red dust road ISBN: 9781509858392 (pbk.) : £9.99 (London: Picador 2010)

Liptrot, Amy, The outrun ISBN: 9781786894229 (pbk.) : £8.99 (Edinburgh, Canongate 2016)

Masters Alexander, A life discarded (London: Fourth Estate, 2016)  


Read from a selection of scripts at

Chaplin, Michael, Foyle’s War – Broken Souls, (Newcastle University Special Collections, 2008) PRINTOUT PROVIDED.

Churchill, Caryl, Caryl Churchill Plays Two: Softcops, Top Girls, Fen, Serious Money ISBN: 0413622703 (London: Methuen, 1990) 

Suggested further reading

Reading 'like a writer' involves examining a wide range of periods and traditions, as well as developing a solid understanding of the diverse work of contemporary writers. As such, suggestions for further reading include the lists on all your literature modules. Additionally, you should hone your awareness of contemporary literary publications.

Creative Writing Guides

There are numerous Creative Writing guides in the library that you should peruse, a selection of which are listed here:

Armstrong, Julie Experimental fiction : an introduction for readers and writers ISBN: 9781441130570 (PB); 1441130578 (PB); 9781441189080 (HB); 1441189084 (HB); 9781441128713 (ePDF); 9781441107299 (ePub) (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)

Behn, Robin and Chase Twichell, The practice of poetry : writing exercises from poets who teach ISBN: 006273024X (pbk.); 9780062730244 (pbk.) (London: Harper, 2005)

Bell, Julia and Paul Magrs, eds., The creative writing coursebook : forty writers share advice and exercises for poetry and prose ISBN: 0333782259 (London: Macmillan, 2001)

Booker, Christopher, The seven basic plots : why we tell stories ISBN: 9780826480378 (pbk.) (London: Continuum, 2009)

Burroway, Janet and Ned Stuckey-French and Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (Boston: Pearson, 2015)

Cline, Sally and Carole Angier, Life writing : a writers' and artists' companion (London: Bloomsbury, 2010) 

Chivers, Tom. Adventures in form : a compendium of new poetic forms, rules & constraints ISBN: 9781908058010 (pbk.) : £9.99; 1908058013 (pbk.) : £9.99 (London: Penned in the Margins, 2012)

Singleton, John and Mary Luckh, eds, The Creative Writing Handbook: Techniques for New Writers (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000)

Smith, Hazel, The writing experiment : strategies for innovative creative writing ISBN: 1741140153 (Northam: Allen and Unwin, 2005)

Wiltshire, Kim, Writing for theatre : creative and critical approaches ISBN: 9781137369208; 1137369205 (London: Macmillan, 2015) 

Writers on Writing

Atwood, Margaret Negotiating with the dead : a writer on writing ISBN: 0521662605 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Herbert, W.N. and Matthew Hollis, Strong words : modern poets on modern poetry ISBN: 1852245158 (pbk.) (Newcastle: Bloodaxe, 2000)

Lorca, Federico Garcia and Christopher Maurer, trans., In search of duende ISBN: 9780811218559 (pbk.); 0811218554 (pbk.) (New York: New Directions, 2010)

Orwell, George, Why I write : thoughts on the craft of fiction ISBN: 0316115924 (London: Penguin, 2014) Core 

Shukla, Nikesh, The good immigrant ISBN: 1783523956; 9781783523955, Asian and Minority Ethnic in Britain Today (London: Unbound, 2016)

This list was last updated on 25/01/2019