Creative Writing ‘Foundations’

If you are a Creative Writing student, Foundations will be your introduction to the art and craft of writing. You will have the chance to develop your own voice as a writer, by keeping a journal, learning from other writers, and practising your own writing.

There are no set books for the module. You will be provided a reader with excerpts from many great writers of the past and present, whose techniques you will be encouraged to critique, and if you wish, to imitate. But if you’d like to prepare for the module in advance, you may wish to get your hands on one or more of the following writing handbooks, recommended by module convenor Dr Dorothy Lehane:

  • Bugeja, Michael, J. 1994, The Art and Craft of Poetry, Writers Digest Books.
  • Burroway, Janet. 2014. Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft. Cambridge: Pearson.
  • Chivers, Tom. (Ed) 2012, Adventures in Form: A Compendium of Poetic Forms, Rules & Constraints, London: Penned in the Margins
  • Goldberg Natalie, 2005. Writing Down the Bones, Massachusetts: Shambhala Publications
  • Lamott, Anne. 1980. Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Anchor Books.
  • King, Stephen, 2000, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, New York: Scribner.