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Module Reading List

Foundations of Creative Writing, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Dr Kimberly Campanello
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set texts

Atwood, Margaret, 'Communion: Nobody to Nobody', Negotiating with the dead : a writer on writing ISBN: 0521662605 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Donald Bartheleme, 'Not Knowing', Not Knowing: The Essays and Interviews ISBN: 9781593761738; 1593761732 of Donald Barthelme. ed. by Kim Herzinger (New York: Random House, 1997)    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Levertov, Denise, 'The Prime Necessity', in Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival, ed. by Marilyn Kallet and Judith Ortiz Cofer (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999)   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 25/09/2019)   

Deborah Levy, Things I don't want to know : a response to George Orwell's 1946 essay 'Why I write' (London: Penguin, 2014)    

Lorca, Federico García and Christopher Maurer, trans., 'Play and Theory of Duende', in In search of duende  (New York: New Directions, 2010)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (afp 21/09/2018)   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 25/09/2019) 

Morley, David, The Cambridge introduction to creative writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (afp 21/09/2018) See below for additional texts to purchase.  

Morley, David, ed, The Cambridge companion to creative writing [electronic resource] ISBN: 9781139028417 (ebook); 1139028413 (ebook); 9780521768498 (hdbk.); 0521768497 (hdbk.); 9780521145367 (pbk.); 0521145368 (pbk.) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)  

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Additional texts for purchase

You will be instructed to purchase five additional texts (one novel, one short story collection, one poetry collection, one book of non-fiction memoir and one play from the lists below). These allocations will be made in Week One. You will also be provided with supplementary hand-outs, as well as relevant links indicated on the Creative Writing Resource Sheet available on MINERVA. 

Poetry Collections

Bower, Rachel, Moon Milk (Scarborough: Valley Press, 2018)    

Ramlochan, Shivanee, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2017)   

Sexton, Steven, If All the World and Love Were Young (London: Penguin, 2019)   

Short Story Collections

Machado, Carmen María, Her Body and Other Parties (London: Serpents Tail, 2019)   

McGregor, Jon, This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You (London: Bloomsbury, 2012)   

Oyeyemi, Helen, What is Not Yours Is Not Yours (London: Picador, 2017)   


Booth, Naomi, Sealed (Liverpool: Dead Ink, 2017) 

Luiselli, Valeria, Lost Children Archive (London: 4th Estate, 2019) 

O'Loughlin, Pascal, Now Legwarmers (London: Henningham Family Press, 2018) 

Creative Non-fiction

Nelson, Maggie, The Argonauts (London: Melville House, 2016)

Stott, Rebecca, In the Days of Rain: A Daughter, A Father, A Cult (London: Fourth Estate, 2017)

Lahiri, Jhumpa and Ann Goldstein, In Other Words (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017)


Barker, Howard, Barker: Plays one : Scenes from an Execution, Victory, The Europeans, The Possibilities (London: Oberon Modern Playwrights, 2006)

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

tucker green, debbie, debbie tucker green plays one: born bad, dirty butterfly, generations, stoning mary, trade, random (London: Nick Hern Books, 2018)


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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 as indicated on the module's Creative Writing Resource Sheet.

Creative Writing Guides

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

Anderson, Linda ed., Creative writing : a workbook with readings ISBN: 0415372437 (pbk); 0415372429 (hbk) (Abingdon: Routledge in association with the Open University, 2006)

Armstrong, Julie Experimental fiction : an introduction for readers and writers ISBN: 9781441130570 (pbk.) : £17.99; 9781441189080 (hbk.) : £55.00(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 ISBN: 9781472527066 (pbk.) : £14.99 (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 (e-book) (London: Macmillan, 2015)     

Wood, James, How Fiction Works (London: Vintage, 2009)    

Writers on Writing 

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

Kundera, Milan, The Art of the Novel (London: Faber and Faber, 2005)    

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

Prose, Francine, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Like Books and People Who Want to Write Them (London: Harper Collins, 2012)    

Shukla, Nikesh, The good immigrant ISBN: 9781783523955 (pbk.); 9781783522958 (trade hardback); 9781783522941 (limited edition); 9781783522965 (ebook), Asian and Minority Ethnic in Britain Today (London: Unbound, 2016) 

Smith, Ali, Artful (London: Penguin, 2013)    

This list was last updated on 17/10/2019