Creative Writing: a Stylistics Approach

Scott, Jeremy (2012) Creative Writing: a Stylistics Approach. In: Burke, Michael and Csabi, Szilvia and Week, Lara and Zerkowitz, Judit, eds. Pedagogical Stylistics: Current Trends in Language, Literature and ELT. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 96-112. ISBN 9781441140104. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter presents an overview of a relatively new approach to creative writing, complementing more ‘traditional’ methods of teaching, by focusing on stylistic and narratological approaches to the discipline. The method proceeds from the premise that the ambition to write creatively presupposes an interest in the ‘expressive mechanics’ of language. A more in-depth understanding of these processes will benefit the writer in many ways, for example by providing them with a precise taxonomy with which to describe various fictional, poetic and dramatic techniques. This will aid detailed analysis of their own and others’ creative work. Stylistics-based modules have often taught the subject by presenting theory in conjunction with textual examples. This approach to the practice of creative writing takes such a process one step further, by encouraging practioners subsequently to produce creative work in the form of short exercises which exemplify and creatively explore the theory. A ‘two-pronged’ approach is adopted, then, whereby writers are at first introduced to various stylistic and narratological concepts and models (e.g. plot versus narrative, linguistic deviation, deixis, register, focalization, ways of representing thought/speech, and metaphor), then asked to respond to them creatively; for example, an exercise might ask writers to use linguistic deviation to foreground themes and images; another might get them to deploy varying focalizations to tell the same story from different perspectives. This chapter discusses the rationale behind this approach to the discipline, and its intended content in some detail. A brief selection of exercises for further practice is also presented.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Creative writing, stylistics, narratology, pedagogy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Jeremy Scott
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 10:48 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 11:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30289 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Scott, Jeremy: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6572-7719
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