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Straightforward Creative Writing Titles cover most key aspects of this field from letter-writing through becoming an author to freelance-writing. As with all Straightforward titles these books are written by experienced professionals.


Recent Revised EditionsA Straightforward Guide to...

Writing Good Plain English
Essay Writing
Writing Business and Personal Letters
Creative Writing
Freelance Writing
Writing Performance Poetry
Writing Romantic Fiction
Writing your Own Life Story

Use the above links for further detail on our titles and click on book covers for contents and intro

Our recent revisions in this section are shown here to the right and have all been popular titles in our portfolio.

A useful link on the web is the BBC's 'Get Writing' site which contains a range of on-line courses and content on all aspects of creative writing.

go to topA Straightforward Guide to Writing Good Plain English

 

Written in concise, accessible sections, this good-humoured book explains clearly the essentials of writing good, plain English.

Corder takes you through the entire writing process - from initial idea, through planning, writing, revising and proofreading to the eventual presentation of a piece of writing.

personal and business letters imageThe book recognizes that writing is not a skill that comes naturally to all of us. It concentrates on helping you to develop as a writer and deals with the pitfalls and problems of trying to write good English.

This comprehensive book covers the following areas:
o Thinking about your reader
o The writers voice
o Preparing to write
o Why English can be so hard and how it got that way
o Pitfalls to avoid
o What makes good writing?
o How to write when you really don't want to
o Editing your work
o A guide to grammar, punctuation and spelling
o Self-test exercise to help develop your writing skills

Published Sept 2014

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The Author: Nicholas Corder lives in rural Staffordshire. He is the author of over a dozen books and plays, as well as hundreds of articles and stories. As well as writing on a number of subjects, he has also taught creative writing for the Open University and writing for the media oat Manchester Metropolitan University. He now works as a freelance writer and workshop leaderin a wide variety of settings. When not at his desk, he plays the ukulele and drives around in a camper van, although not at the same time.

Nicholas Corder £8.99
go to topA Straightforward Guide to Writing Business and Personal Letters

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This book is designed to cover the essentials of crafting perfect personal and business letters. The book will ensure that the reader will learn how to aim, plan and structure letters to the best effect.

Revised Edition - Nov 2012.

Robert Fry £8.99
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **A Straightforward Guide to Creative Writing

Developing Writing Skills, Getting Work Published and Achieving Success as an Author.

A Straightforward Guide to Creative Writing, Second Edition, updates and builds in the previous edition by introducing new techniques and practical workshops. The reader is given a firm grounding in the art of creative writing.
Click cover to browse ContentsThis is the perfect book for all those who wish to develop their skills in this area, whether through a course of study or as a hobby. The book provides the essential knowledge needed to approach this growing marketable area with confidence and covers the following areas:


* Carrying out research into your book or project
* Assessing yourself as a writer
* Knowing your market
* Improving style and technique
* Writing fiction
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* Interviewing
* factual and documentary articles
* Submission of work to editors

Second Edition - March 2011

The Author: Professor Stephen Wade is Head of English at the University of Huddersfield teaching and organising writing and media studies. He has published many books, including two further titles for Straightforward publishing, Freelance Writing and Performance Poetry.

Stephen Wade £8.99
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **A Straightforward Guide to Freelance Writing

A Comprehensive Introduction To Freelance Writing

The companion book to Creative Writing covers all the elements necessary to become a successful freelance writer, from the "technique" of writing through to journalism and marketing positions.

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **A Straightforward Guide to Freelance Writing, Revised Edition, by Professor Stephen Wade, is the perfect book for those who wish to concentrate on writing features, reviews etc for newspapers and other media. Adopting a methodical step-by-step approach, the book updates and builds on the previous edition. The reader is given a firm grounding in the craft of writing and the book contains all the basic information needed to develop a career as a freelance writer.

The following areas are covered in detail:
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* Preparing to write-knowing your range
* Research and development of material
* Interviewing skills
* Drafting and editing
* Writing reviews
* Gathering your own resources
* Keeping records
* Profiles and humour
* Submission of work to editors

Second Edition - Mar 2011

The Author: Professor Stephen Wade is Head of English at the University of Huddersfield teaching and organising writing and media studies. He has published many books, including two further titles for Straightforward publishing, Creative Writing and Performance Poetry.

Stephen Wade £8.99
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **A Straightforward Guide to Writing Performance Poetry

Developing Performance Skills-Achieving Success as a Performer

Stephen Wade needed to become a writer and performer of poetry. He was successful! And shows how this area of poetry is growing - this book is an ideal introduction.

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **A Guide to Writing Performance Poetry is the perfect book for those who wish to develop their poetry and performance skills. The reader is given a firm grounding in the art of performance poetry and the book contains all the basic information needed to develop both writing and performance skills.

The material is wide-ranging and adopts a contemporary and novel approach to the art and craft of writing and presenting poetry.

The following areas are included:

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* Writing for performance
* Working with others
* Improving style and technique
* Professional organisations
* Networking and promotion
* Publishing Poetry generally

Second Edition -March 2011

The Author: Professor Stephen Wade is Head of English at the University of Huddersfield teaching and organising writing and media studies. He has published many books, including two further titles for Straightforward publishing, Creative Writing and Freelance Writing.

Stephen Wade £8.99
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **A Straightforward Guide to Writing Romantic Fiction

A Straightforward Guide to Writing Romantic Fiction, Revised Edition, by Kate Walker, a leading writer of Romantic fiction, is intended to give the
reader a firm grounding in the art of writing
romantic fiction.

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **The reader is given an insight into the art of creative writing and the book contains all the basic information needed to develop a successful career.

The book provides the essential knowledge needed to approach this growing marketable area with confidence and covers the following areas:

* Creating sympathetic heroines
* Portraying irresistible heroes
* Writing effective dialogue
* Inventing readable plots
* Working from different viewpoints

* Putting in sensual scenes
* Beginnings and endings
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* Finding the right settings
* Submitting the typescript.

The Author: Kate Walker has been writing successful romantic fiction for twenty years. She has published over thirty novels for MILLS AND BOON which have sold worldwide. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association. Second Edition - March 2011

Available as an e-book

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Kate Walker £8.99

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **A Straightforward Guide to Writing Your Own Life Story

A MUST FOR ALL BUDDING AUTHORS

Everyone has a story to tell. However, telling it isn't always that easy. This book, A Straightforward Guide to writing Your Own Life story will help the reader to write their own life story, for personal fulfilment and as a legacy for future generations, or even for publication.

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **The book is packed with solid, helpful advice to help the reader on the road to writing their own story, and can be used as a reference work for those attending more formal courses of study.

Key techniques are covered, from ideas on how to jog memory, through planning, writing and editing including the following:

* What you are going to write
* Planning your book
* Getting started
* Writing techniques
* Rewriting, revising and editing work
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* Examples

Second Edition - Feb 2011

The author: Nicholas Corder has worked extensively in education, latterly as a tutor in the art of writing. He has written a number of books and also plays, for adults and children, and now concentrates on teaching, writing and authoring.

Nicholas Corder £8.99
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **A Straightforward Guide to Essay Writing

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE KEY TECHNIQUES INVOLVED IN PRODUCING AN ESSAY

A Straightforward Guide to Writing Essays, by Rita Pullen, is a comprehensive introductory book aimed at a wide variety of people, from the layperson, student or professional, who wishes to improve their essay writing skills and perfect their techniques in this area.

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **The book offers complete advice and support and the following areas are covered in detail:

* The best environment for studying
* Working constructively
* Referencing
* Essay structure
* Spelling and grammar
* Presentation

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The author: Rita Pullen has many years experience of supervising students and teaching the art of writing essays. She is currently working freelance as a student advisor and has recently graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MSC in Creative Writing.

Rita Pullen £9.99