Category Archives: Creative Writing

5 books to read for National Poetry Month

By | April 11, 2024

April marks National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. Browse some of our highlights below for poetry readers and writers, plus guides to use in the classroom. Through in-depth close readings of elegies by Black women, trans* women, and non-binary writers, Radical Elegies: White Violence, Patriarchy, and Necropoetics by Eleanor Perry… Read More »

When Mountains Go Missing

By | March 11, 2024

Guest post by Jennifer Sinor, author of The Yogic Writer: Uniting Breath, Body, and Page Four months ago, I thought I had lost a mountain. I opened my door, one morning in September, and it was gone. A shape I knew as well as the sky—its elephantine folds, razor ridgeline, sides that ran red in… Read More »

Fantasy Fiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology

By | January 17, 2024

Guest post by Jennifer Pullen             Once upon a time there was a little girl in Washington State with hippie scientist parents dismayed by their local school district’s choice to teach only creationism. Thus, they chose to homeschool their daughter. While she took state standardized tests to prove she was learning, she otherwise escaped the… Read More »

What Does Creative Practice Really Mean?

By | January 3, 2024

Guest post by Marshall Moore & Sam Meekings The world of creative writing is rapidly changing. An idea Stephanie Vanderslice explored in her book Rethinking Creative Writing and we extended in our collection Creative Writing Scholars on the Publishing Trade: Practice, Praxis, Print is that academic creative writing programs have begun to adopt a more… Read More »

Intersecting Genre: A Skills-based Approach to Creative Writing

By | October 3, 2023

Guest post by Jason Olsen When I was developing as a creative writer, I was always interested in writing in as many genres as I could. The thing is, I never thought of those genres as being anything but independent of each other. When I took a undergraduate fiction writing class, I not only didn’t… Read More »

The Invisible Art of Literary Editing

By | September 20, 2023

Editing is the invisible art. When it’s done well, the reader doesn’t notice the editor’swork, though you can bet the reader will notice a lack of editing. Good editors workbehind the scenes, putting writers and their words at center stage. Great editors deliberatelyavoid the spotlight. (And like stagehands, they look good in black.) But all… Read More »

Dorothea Brande and Alternate History

By | August 15, 2023

Guest post by Jack Dann I think that most professional writers are well acquainted with the idea of synchronicity…of meaningful coincidences. I certainly am! In fact, I experienced a bit of it when the good folks at Bloomsbury asked me to write something for the Literary Studies blog about my new book, The Fiction Writer’s… Read More »

How #Kiev Became #Kyiv

By | May 4, 2022

Guest post by Elizabeth Losh When Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the citizens of the world to “come to your squares” and “make yourselves visible and heard” to support his besieged country, he invoked powerful memories of the 2013-2014 “Maidan Revolution,” a mass protest against Russian influence, which brought tens of thousands of people out… Read More »

How to draw a comic when you already have the story

By | January 26, 2021

Guest post by Chris Gavaler and Leigh Ann Beavers The below is an excerpt from Creating Comics, part of Bloomsbury’s series of Writers’ Guides and Anthologies. Begin with story events and let them guide page arrangement. When an artist receives a script from a collaborating writer, the process emphasizes story. Standard scripts divide page content… Read More »

Q&A with Tara Mokhtari

By | March 28, 2019

Tara Mokhtari answers some questions about the new edition of her book The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing. How is the The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing unique? There are two key ways in which my book is unique. The first is that the overall approach focuses on the connection between knowledge and creative writing.… Read More »