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    • ISBN:9781857889369
    • Publication date:13 Jan 2012

Your Creative Writing Masterclass

featuring Austen, Chekhov, Dickens, Hemingway, Nabokov, Vonnegut, and more than 100 Contemporary and Classic Authors

By Jurgen Wolff

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In Your Creative Writing Masterclass you'll find ideas, techniques and encouragement from the most admired and respected contemporary and classic authors.

If you dream of being a writer, why not learn from the best? In Your Creative Writing Masterclass you'll find ideas, techniques and encouragement from the most admired and respected contemporary and classic authors, including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Anton Chekhov.

Jurgen Wolff, bestselling author of Your Writing Coach, helps you translate these insights into action to master your craft and write what only you can write. From Robert Louis Stevenson to Mary Shelley, Alice Munro to Stephen King, Your Creative Writing Masterclass guide you through: finding your style, constructing powerful plots, generating story ideas, overcoming writer's block, creating vivid characters and crafting your ideal writer's life. Brimming with support and suggested activities to develop your writing skills, the book also features unique bonus advice, exercises, resources and sharing capabilities via the website www.YourCreativeWritingMasterclass.com.

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  • ISBN: 9781857885781
  • Publication date: 12 Jan 2012
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
I think it's a great book. The tone strikes a good balance between chatty and knowledgeable. It's definitely a book I could use with my students. The layout of each chapter works as a lesson plan - a presentation, with examples, followed by practical exercises. — Robin Gott, creative writing teacher, Sweden
Your Creative Writing Masterclass distills some of the most incisive wisdom of the literary greats, helping to guide modern-day authors who wish to write fiction well, and to better understand the career and lifestyle of a professional author — Michael J. Ross, writer - www.ross.ws
A wonderful resource for both individual writers, and for writing groups. It helps writers feel that even when sitting alone at their desks, they are not alone. Opening this book, they access the wisdom of great writers, and the practical help and advice from Jurgen Wolff, a generous and constructive writing companion. — Julie Everton, award winning playwright and Creative Writing and Screenwriting teacher, University of Brighton
With Mr Wolff's help, your reading can become truly productive. — Writing Magazine
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