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To the Budding Creative Writer. A Handbook

A Handbook

Roselyne M. Jua, Bate Besong

Publication Year: 2009

To the Budding Creative Writer: A Handbook is designed to help young writers come to grips with questions and problems relative to their creative efforts. The authors discuss a range of topics, providing guidelines on such issues as style, technique, point of view, characterization, poetic diction, figurative language, denotation and connotation, etc. They equally offer useful critical comments on some of the works of accomplished African writers whom they cite as models for beginning writers, fusing literary creativity with literary criticism. All along the co-authors stress the centrality, in imaginative writing, of both the 'what' and the 'how' or matter and manner, and how to combine both to good effect.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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pp. v-x

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pp. xi-xii

This handbook exists in large part because of the small group of students at the University of Buea, Cameroon, in 2002 that kept pestering Bate Besong and me to read their poems, short stories or drama sketches. This led to the creation of The Writer’s Circle. ...

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pp. xiii-xvii

The very act of writing is one of manipulation. Each writer seeks to convince her audience of the authenticity and propriety of the written word. How many times have you read a good book and exclaimed, ‘‘Yeah! That’s exactly my story. I was thinking the same thing!’’ ...

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Section One - Guidepost on the Art of Writing Poetry

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pp. 1-34

What is remarkable, however, about modern poetry from Africa is that although it deals with serious ideas about the human condition and historical experience, it still provides the reader with pleasant pictures of the setting and creates fun by the way literary devices are used. ...

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Section Two - Guidepost on the Art of Prose Fiction

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pp. 35-66

Perspective, setting, characterization, and style do have profound influence on how you arrange, or organize your imaginative rendering of the human experience. The hero of your narrative, for instance, is being exposed to other people, he is expected to gain in experience, and progress from innocence to knowledge, ...

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Section Three - Guidepost to the Art of Playwriting

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pp. 67-94

Your main concern as a playwright is to dramatize a story; to transform into action a conversation; dramatic characters that represent human concerns. Since a play is conveyed by a plot, the problem of perspective is therefore unique for you as a playwright. ...

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pp. 95-100

Conclusions like introductions are not the easiest things to write. But conclude one must. I want in this conclusion to touch on a subject or aspect of writing on which we have not consciously focused; myths and their importance on our lives. ...

Suggestions for Futher Reading

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pp. 101-116

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 117-120

Back cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956717989
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558933

Page Count: 140
Publication Year: 2009