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The Future for Creative Writing (Wiley–Blackwell Manifestos) Hardcover – 13 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (13 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470654929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470654927
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.5 x 23.6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,122,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Intellectually alert and deeply committed to its subject, Graeme Harper offers a cogent and wide–ranging vision of what creative writing can become in the 21st Century. His arguments deserve to be widely discussed and debated. They challenge many of our current assumptions about the purpose and value of creative writing in higher education and elsewhere.′
Jon Cook, University of East Anglia

Deeply personal yet grounded in philosophy, Graeme Harper s monograph on the future for creative writing brightly situates the author at the intersections of culture, therapy, spirituality, and creativity.  This is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of the artist and alphabetic text, or the ever–increasingly popularity of creative writing as a discipline.  Ultimately, this is an inspiring, uplifting account of the ways creative writing fosters humanity and human evolution.
Joseph Moxley, University of South Florida

Not so long ago, the idea of a creative writer as a creature operating within the academy was viewed as strange at best, anathema at worst. Now, creative writing as an academic discipline has spread across the Anglophone world and is making inroads beyond. As founder and long–time editor of New Writing, Graeme Harper has been uniquely situated to observe some might say to preside over this remarkable disciplinary explosion. The genius of his new book, The Future of Creative Writing, is that it addresses not only our past thinking and methodologies about and within the discipline of creative writing, or even just those that are current, but also those that might be coming. There is much here that is being articulated and made visible for the first time. As the title suggests, Graeme Harper is optimistic about The Future of Creative Writing and his book makes a powerful argument for this optimistic view.
Katherine Coles, University of Utah

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For thousands of years human beings have engaged in creative writing, as an art and as a form of communication.  The results from pamphlets to books to poems to blogs and beyond demonstrate the multi–faceted nature of this activity. Industries have grown up around creative writing, but it is a private endeavor as well.  Now, with the rise of new technology, creative writing is poised to change and expand in previously unimaginable ways.

Here, preeminent scholar Graeme Harper offers a compelling look at the current state and future direction of creative writing.  He explores the practice of creative writing, its place in the world, and its impact on individuals and communities. He explores the practice of creative writing, why humans are drawn to engage in it, its place in the world, and its impact on individuals and communities.  Chapters address such topics as writing as a cultural production, the education of a creative writer, and the changing nature of communication.  Harper challenges the boundaries of the field by delving into the acts and actions involved in creative writing rather than just focusing on the end result. In doing so, he provides readers with an expansive vision of the nature and future of creative writing.

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