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ENGL2070 Developing Creative Writing Module Reading List

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

Each semester you will be advised to purchase a selection of relevant guides/handbooks, both general and those devoted to the genre to which you apprentice. This is in addition to the texts on the bespoke reading list primary texts in that genre, which you will develop in conversation with your tutor.  

Being/Becoming a Writer

Cameron, Julia, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (London: Hay House, 2017)       

Gilbert, Elizabeth, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (London: Bloomsbury, 2016) 

King, Stephen, On Writing: Memoir of the Craft (London: Hodder, 2012)  

Macdonald, Tanis, Daring to Be an Artist Outside the Big City (Hamilton, Ontario: Wolsak and Wynne, 2018)        

McClane, Maureen, My Poets (New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2014)  

Milner, Marion, On Not Being Able to Paint (London: Routledge, 2010)  

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

Rilke, Rainer Maria and Charlie Louth, Letters to a Young Poet (London: Penguin, 2012)  

Vargas Llosa, Mario, Letters to a Young Novelist (London: Picador, 2003)  

Vogler, Christopher, The Writer’s Journey (San Francisco: Michael Wiese Production, 2007)  


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

Armstrong, Julie Experimental fiction : an introduction for readers and writers (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)  


Behn, Robin and Chase Twichell, The practice of poetry : writing exercises from poets who teach (London: Harper, 2005)  

Bell, Jo and Jane Commane, How to Be a Poet: A 21st Century Guide to Writing Well (Rugby: Nine Arches Press, 2017)  

Chivers, Tom, Adventures in form : a compendium of new poetic forms, rules & constraints (London: Penned in the Margins, 2012)  

Sansom, Peter, Writing Poems (Nottingham: Bloodaxe, 1993)  


Edgar, Rob, John Marland and James Richards, Basics Film-making 0-2: Screenwriting (London: Bloomsbury, 2009)  

Edgar, Rob and John Marland, Adaptation for Screenwriters (London: Bloomsbury, 2019)  

Field, Syd, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (New York: Delta Publishing, 2005)  

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

Wandour, Michelle, The Art of Writing Drama. (London: Bloomsbury, 2008)  

 DramaOnline Library, available via the your Leeds library login:

Creative Non-fiction

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

Tansley, Laura, and Michael Maftei, eds, Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determining the Form (Canterbury: Glyphi Limited, 2013)  

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Experimental Writing (in all genres)

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

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Danchev, Alex, 100 Artists Manifestos from the Futurists to the Stuckists (London: Penguin, 2011)  

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

Shields, David, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (London: Penguin, 2011)  

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Literary Industry/The Writer and Society

Dworkin, Craig, Simon Morris and Nick Thurston, Do or DIY (Leeds: Information as Material, 2012)  

Thompson, John B., Merchants of Culture (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012)         

Hyde, Lewis, The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World (London: Canongate, 2012)  

This list was last updated on 30/10/2019