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Cengage Advantage Books: The College Handbook of Creative Writing, 4th Edition

  • Robert DeMaria Dowling College
  • ISBN-10: 0840030797  |  ISBN-13: 9780840030795
  • 400 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $39.00
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This fourth edition of THE COLLEGE HANDBOOK OF CREATIVE WRITING, ideal for all levels of writing from introductory to advanced, covers all the necessary fundamentals for creative writing in the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama. Exploring such across-the-genres subjects as theme, setting, characters, plot, point of view, tone, style, description, dialogue, thoughts, time, images, and sounds, this best-selling handbook includes contemporary and classic selections that illustrate discussions and serve as writing models. End-of-chapter exercises and writing suggestions help readers practice writing fundamentals, while a glossary of literary terms helps them master writing vocabulary. Providing the maximum of information in a portable little book, the new edition includes updated selections, more examples, revised exercises, and a revised Chapter 14, "Writing as a Career."

Features and Benefits

  • THE BOOK'S EASY-TO-FOLLOW ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE covers the fundamentals of creative writing (Theme, Setting, Characters, and Plot), followed by an overview of basic techniques and more discussion of specific writing topics.
  • SHORT STORY AND POETRY SELECTIONS IN EVERY CHAPTER illustrate the topics being discussed.
  • CHAPTER-ENDING EXERCISES facilitate discussions of the selections and give students the opportunity to work on writing fundamentals.
  • A GLOSSARY OF LITERARY TERMS at the end of the book helps students master writing vocabulary.

Table of Contents

1. Theme.
2. Setting.
3. Characters.
4. Plot.
5. Point of View.
6. Tone and Style.
7. Description.
8. Dialogue.
9. Thoughts.
10. Time.
11. Images and Sounds.
12. The Performance Factor.
13. Fundamentals.
14. Writing as a Career.
Glossary of Literary Terms.

What's New

  • NEW SELECTIONS include works from Mary Campbell, Robert Levy, Jay Parini, and John Updike.
  • AN INCREASED NUMBER OF EXAMPLES are included, with each chapter now having one short story and two poems.
  • A REVISED CHAPTER 14, "WRITING AS A CAREER," has been revised to better speak to those students interested in becoming professional writers.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"THE COLLEGE HANDBOOK OF CREATIVE WRITING really has the best combination of instruction, exercise practice, and models."

— Deborah Ventura, Ventura College

"THE COLLEGE HANDBOOK OF CREATIVE WRITING really has the best combination of instruction, exercise practice, and models."

— Deborah Ventura, Ventura College

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert DeMaria

Robert DeMaria received his PhD in Modern British Literature at Columbia University. He has directed writing programs in several universities and was an editor at Macmillan. The bulk of his creative work consists of his 20 novels, but he has also published poetry, an off-Broadway play, and a libretto for an opera. For several years he was the academic dean of the New School for Social Research. He was also the director of an overseas program for American students and writers in residence. His work has been highly praised in publications such as THE LONDON TIMES, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE BOSTON GLOBE, THE WASHINGTON POST, and many literary magazines. He and his family now divide their time between Long Island and a house in Mallorca, Spain. His latest novel is BLEECKER STREET BLUES, set in Greenwich Village.