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A Core Curriculum For Creative Writing
Barri Bryan
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
This series of lessons is designed to help writers improve their writing by writing. It is predicated on the belief that learning to write well is not about reading, reciting and remembering; it is about comprehension, perception, and recognition. The aim is threefold: to help writers understand the importance of purpose, to perceive writing as a process, and to recognize the underlying principles that govern that process.

BOOK EXCERPTS
An Introduction to Creative Writing

Purpose Process and Principles

This series of lessons is designed to help writers improve their writing by writing. It is predicated on the belief that learning to write well is not about reading, reciting, and remembering; it is about comprehension, perception, and recognition. The aim is threefold: to help writers understand the importance of purpose, to perceive writing as a process, and to recognize the underlying principles that govern that process.

Before a writer begins to write anything, he or she should ask himself or herself these three questions:

(1) What is my reason for writing this? The author’s reason for telling a story will color every element of the story.

(2) What do I want to achieve? Is it to entertain readers? Is it to inform or to move to action? Is it to change perspective? Maybe the desire is to do all of this and more. What ever the purpose, it will have a decided influence on the execution of the writing process and the application of writing principles.

(3) What response do I want to elicit from my readers? Fiction should give the reader a greater understanding of life, not attempt to inculcate a code of conduct. Good fiction helps the reader to broaden perspectives and expand horizons, not by teaching but by revealing.

BOOK REVIEWS
4 Stars! “Good creative writing requires more than talent, pen, and paper.
Bryan explains in detail how to write fiction. He explains, defines, gives examples, and gives bullet point lists. This is not a book to simply read straight-through. This is to be used as a text book. Creative writers should keep this as a guide to refer to on a regular basis. Creative writers will benefit from this guide.” - Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins for ReviewYourBook.com


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“Being an accomplished writer herself, Barri Bryan, touches on many topics related to the task of getting the job done in addition to writing well. A Core Curriculum takes on battling writer's block, honing you listening skills, eating properly and team writing. “ Reviewed by Vee, Night Owl Romance Reviews


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Rating: 5 Enchantments! “I have never done a review of the nature before - this is literally a curriculum for writing, and it covers the hows and whys of writing. This curriculum takes the reader through the steps necessary to complete a written work. As a writer myself, I found the book very informative and helpful. If you are just beginning, or a seasoned writer, this book is a must have. This book is truly an invaluable tool. It also covers the hows and whys of reviewing a book, which I loved because that is what I do.” - Desiree de Cleves, Enchanting Reviews


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“A Core Curriculum is for anyone wishing to write fiction or even those that already write to use as a reference guide. Writing is a process that never follows a straight and direct line. Sometimes a writer can start off with one thought process and as they go along, that first initial thought is no longer the focus point but has become something less important. I recommend this book not just to new writers but to writers that feel they may be going through a block. This book takes you back to basics and I'm sure you will have a couple of "ah" moments in the process.” Shira, Simply Romance Reviews


MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1603132538
ISBN(13-digit): 9781603132534
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 200
Paper Weight (lb): 8.6



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