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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521145368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521145367
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An ecologist and naturalist by background, David Morley's poetry has won fourteen writing awards and prizes including the Templar Poetry Prize, the Poetry Business Competition, an Arts Council of England Writer's Award, an Eric Gregory Award, the Raymond Williams Prize and a Hawthornden Fellowship. His previous collection The Invisible Kings was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. David is also known for his pioneering ecological poetry installations within natural landscapes and the creation of 'slow poetry' sculptures and I-Cast poetry films. His 'writing challenges' podcasts are among the most popular literature downloads on iTunes worldwide: two episodes are now preloaded on to all demo Macs used in Apple Stores across the globe. He writes essays, criticism and reviews for The Guardian and Poetry Review. A leading international advocate of creative writing both inside and outside of the academy David wrote The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing which has been translated into many languages including Arabic, and he is co-editor with the Australian poet Philip Neilsen of The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing. He currently teaches at the University of Warwick. Check out David's author website at

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"Many creative writing teachers will find that this companion helps them refresh their teaching strategies."

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This Companion is designed for aspiring writers and teachers of creative writing. It engages with a complex art in an accessible manner, addressing concepts important to the rapidly growing discipline of creative writing, while maintaining a strong craft emphasis, analysing exemplary models of writing and providing related writing exercises.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Farah Mendlesohn on 25 Sept. 2014
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Given the usual high standard of Cambridge Companions, and their position as extremely good starting points on any topic, this is a very strange collection. Supposed to be for students and academics it's at best a classroom companion/workbook, full of superficial essays and even more superficial exercises. Don't look to it for essays about the practice of Creative Writing, it would more properly have been called the Companion to Creative Writing Teaching but that begs the question who the audience is, teacher trainees?

I turned first to the chapter on "Speculative Genres" which were defined as horror, science fiction and fantasy, but which actually dealt with horror, crime and epic fantasy and did so without any reference to any of the many excellent How To books in this area. The chapter on trans cultural fiction can best be described as "my mission to bring good literature to China" and is utterly without any awareness of current discussions about appropriation and colonisation of literatures. The essay on Workshops was all criticism but very little active suggestion. I rather gave up after that. Even the chapter by Michelene Wandor on Drama seemed pitched as a textbook rather than a critical essay.

Oddly the chapters don't have further reading suggestions--unlike other Cambridge Companions to--and I had the feeling this was because the chapter authors didn't have any to make.
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A book helps in understanding different edges of creative writings 5 Oct. 2014
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"Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing", edited by David Morley & Philip Neilsen, portrays emergence of creative writing as a highly professionalized academic discipline. This book is divided into two sections, namely S.1 Genres and Types, and S.2 Topics. This book helps in understanding different edges of creative writings and their contemporary issues.
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