Books in Creative Writing Studies
The following books theorize the teaching of creative writing, analyze the histories and orientations of creative writing's institutions, and offer new possibilities for the field.
Also see Newest Releases for additional books, published in the past two years.
Also see Newest Releases for additional books, published in the past two years.
Abbs, Peter. A Is for Aesthetic: Essays on Creative Writing and Aesthetic Education. Falmer Press, 1989. Print.
Adams, Katherine H. A Group of Their Own: College Writing Courses and American Women Writers, 1880-1940. SUNY, 2001. Print.
Adams, Katherine H. A History of Professional Writing Instruction in American Colleges: Years of Acceptance, Growth, and Doubt. Southern Methodist UP, 1993. Print.
Adsit, Janelle, ed. Critical Creative Writing: A Reader. Bloomsbury, 2018.
Adsit, Janelle. Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing. Bloomsbury, 2017.
Adsit, Janelle, and Renée Byrd. Writing Intersectional Identities: Keywords for Creative Writers. Bloomsbury, 2019.
Aldridge, John W. Talents and Technicians: Literary Chic and the New Assembly-Line Fiction. Scribner, 1992.
Anderson, Jim, and Vicky Macleroy, eds. Multilingual Digital Storytelling: Engaging Creatively and Critically with Literacy. Routledge, 2016.
Bain, David Haward. Whose Woods These Are: A History of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 1926-1992. Ecco, 1993.
Bartlett, Jennifer, Sheila Black, and Michael Northen, eds. Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Cinco Puntos, 2011.
Bartlett, Lee. Talking Poetry: Conversations in the Workshop with Contemporary Poets. U of New Mexico P, 1987.
Baumbach, Jonathan. Writers as Teachers / Teachers as Writers. Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1970.
Beck, Heather, ed. Teaching Creative Writing in Higher Education: Anglo-American Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. [2nd Edition, 2012].
Behn, Robin, and Chase Twichell, eds. The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach. Harper, 1992.
Bell, Julia, and Paul Magrs, eds. The Creative Writing Coursebook. Macmillan, 2001.
Ben-Oni, Rosebud, ed. On Poetics, Identity, and Latinidad: CantoMundo Poets Speak Out. Essay Press. 2017.
Bennett, Eric. Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing during the Cold War. U of Iowa P, 2015.
Berg, Danita, and Lori A. May, eds. Creative Composition: Inspiration and Techniques for Writing Instruction. Multilingual Matters, 2015.
Bishop, Wendy. Released into Language: Options for Teaching Creative Writing. NCTE, 1990.
**For more of Wendy Bishop's work, please see the Bizzaro, Culhane, and Cook text below. The chapter by Ben Ristow includes a full bibliography.
Bishop, Wendy, and Hans Ostrom, eds. Colors of a Different Horse: Rethinking Creative Writing Theory and Pedagogy. NCTE, 1994.
Bizzaro, Patrick, Alys Culhane, and Devan Cook, eds. Composing Ourselves as Writer-Teacher-Writers: Starting with Wendy Bishop. Hampton P, 2011.
Bizzaro, Patrick. Responding to Student Poems: Applications of Critical Theory. NCTE, 1993.
Borinsky, Alicia. One-Way Tickets: Writers and the Culture of Exile. Trinity, 2011.
Brophy, Kevin. Creativity: Psychoanalysis, Surrealism and Creative Writing. Melbourne: Melbourne U, 1998.
Bunge, Nancy. Finding the Words: Conversations with Writers Who Teach. Ohio UP, 1985.
Burgees, Matthew J. Spellbound: The Art of Teaching Poetry. T&W Books, 2019.
Burroughs, John. Literary Values and Other Papers. Houghton Mifflin, 1902.
Cain, Mary Ann. Revisioning Writers' Talk: Gender and Culture in Acts of Composing. SUNY, 1995.
Clark, Michael Dean, Trent Hergenrader, and Joseph Rein, eds. Creative Writing Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in the Classroom. Bloomsbury, 2016.
Clark, Michael Dean, Trent Hergenrader, and Joseph Rein, eds. Creative Writing in the Digital Age: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy. Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
Clark, Timothy. The Theory of Inspiration: Composition as a Crisis of Subjectivity in Romantic and Post-Romantic Writing. Manchester UP, 1997.
Coles, Katharine, ed. Blueprints: Bringing Poetry into Communities. U of Utah P, 2011.
Conroy, Frank. Eleventh Draft: Craft and the Writing Life from Iowa Writers’ Workshop. HarperCollins, 1999.
Coval, Kevin, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Nate Marshall, eds. The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Haymarket, 2015.
Dana, Robert. A Community of Writers: Paul Engle and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. U of Iowa P, 1999.
Dawson, Paul. Creative Writing and the New Humanities. Routledge, 2005.
Donnelly, Dianne, ed. Does the Writing Workshop Still Work? Multilingual Matters, 2010.
—. Establishing Creative Writing Studies as an Academic Discipline. Multilingual Matters, 2012.
Donnelly, Dianne, and Graeme Harper, eds. Key Issues in Creative Writing. Multilingual Matters, 2012.
Drew, Chris, Joseph Rein, and David Yost, eds. Dispatches from the Front: Graduate Student Essays on Creative Writing Pedagogy. Continuum, 2011.
Duke, Charles R., and Sally A. Jacobsen. Poets’ Perspectives: Reading, Writing, and Teaching Poetry. Boynton/Cook, 1992.
—, eds. Reading and Writing Poetry: Successful Approaches for the Student and Teacher. Phoenix: Oryx, 1983. Print.
Dvorak, Kevin and Shanti Bruce, eds. Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work. New York: Hampton, 2008. Print.
Earnshaw, Steven. The Handbook of Creative Writing. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2007. Print.
Endsley, Crystal Leigh. The Fifth Element: Social Justice Pedagogy through Spoken Word Poetry. SUNY, 2016.
Engle, Paul. On Creative Writing. New York: Dutton, 1964. Print.
English, James F. The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2008. Print.
Farman, Jason. The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies. Routledge, 2014.
Fehrman, Carl. Poetic Creation: Inspiration or Craft. Translated by Karin Petherick. U of Minnesota P, 1980.
Garrett, George, ed. Craft So Hard to Learn: Conversations with Poets and Novelists About the Teaching of Writing, Conducted by John Graham. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1972. Print.
Gedalof, Allan J. Teaching Poetry: A Handbook of Exercises for Large and Small Classes. Norton, 2005.
Gerard, Philip. The Art of Creative Research. U Chicago P, 2017.
Glass, Loren, eds. After the Program Era: The Past, Present, and Future of Creative Writing in the University. U of Iowa P, 2017.
Greenwald Smith, Rachel. American Literature in Transition, 2000-2010. Cambridge UP, 2017.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. Uncreative Writing. Columbia UP, 2011. Print.
González, Rigoberto. Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition: Towards a 21st-Century Poetics. University of Michigan Press. 2017.
Green, Chris. The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism. Palgrave, 2009.
Grimes, Tom, ed. The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Hyperion, 1999.
Haake, Katharine. What Our Speech Disrupts: Feminism and Creative Writing Studies. NCTE, 2000.
Hanauer, David Ian. Poetry and the Meaning of Life. Toronto: Pippin, 2004.
Hanauer, David Ian. Poetry as Research: Exploring Second Language Poetry Writing. John Benjamins, 2010.
Harbach, Chad, ed. MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction. n+1/Faber & Faber, 2014.
Harper, Graeme, ed. A Companion to Creative Writing. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
—. Creative Writing and Education. Multilingual Matters, 2015.
—. Changing Creative Writing in America: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Possibilities. Multilingual Matters, 2017.
—. The Future for Creative Writing. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
—. Making Up: Research in Creative Writing. Cambridge Scholars, 2013.
—. New Ideas in the Writing Arts. Cambridge Scholars, 2013.
—. On Creative Writing. Multilingual Matters, 2010.
—. Teaching Creative Writing. Continuum, 2006.
—. Teaching Creative Writing in Schools. Research Innovation Publishing, 2014.
Harper, Graeme, and Jeri Kroll, eds. Creative Writing Studies: Practice, Research and Pedagogy. Multilingual Matters, 2008. Print.
Hecq, Dominique. Towards a Poetics of Creative Writing. Multilingual Matters, 2015.
Hecq, Dominique, ed. The Creativity Market: Creative Writing in the 21st Century. Multilingual Matters, 2012. Print.
Hergenrader, Trent. Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers. Bloomsbury, 2018.
Hewings, Ann, Lynda Prescott, and Philip Seargeant, eds. Futures for English Studies: Teaching Language, Literature and Creative Writing in Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Hongo, Garrett. The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays. University of Michigan Press. 2017.
Hungerford, Amy. Making Literature Now. Stanford UP, 2016.
Hunley, Tom C. Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five-Canon Approach. Multilingual Matters, 2007. Print.
Hyde, Lewis. The Gift: Creativity and the Artists in the Modern World. Vintage, 2007.
Jauss, David. Words Overflown By Stars: Creative Writing Instruction And Insight From The Vermont College Mfa Program. Story Press, 2009.
Johnson, David M. Word Weaving: A Creative Approach to Teaching and Writing Poetry. NCTE, 1990. Print.
Johnson, Javon. Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities. Rutgers UP, 2017.
Kaufmann, David. Reading Uncreative Writing: Conceptualism, Expression, and the Lyric (Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics). Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Kaufman, Scott Barry, and James C. Kaufman. Psychology of Creative Writing. Cambridge UP, 2009.
Kindley, Evan. Poet-Critics and the Administration of Culture. Harvard UP, 2017.
Koehler, Adam. Composition, Creative Writing Studies and the Digital Humanities. Bloomsbury, 2016.
Krauth, Nigel, and Tess Brady. Creative Writing: Theory Beyond Practice. Post Pressed, 2006. Print.
Krauth, Nigel. Creative Writing and the Radical: Teaching and Learning the Fiction of the Future. Multilingual Matters, 2016.
Kroll, Jeri, and Graeme Harper, eds. Research Methods in Creative Writing. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Kroll, Jeri, and Graeme Harper, eds. Creative Writing Studies: Practice, Research, Pedagogy. Multilingual Matters, 2007.
Kroll, Jeri, Andrew Melrose, and Jen Webb. Old and New, Tried and Untried: Creativity and Research in the 21st Century University. Common Ground, 2016.
Kurowski, Travis, Wayne Miller, and Kevin Prufer. Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century. Milkweed, 2016.
Lasky, Dorothea, Dominic Luxford, and Jesse Nathan, eds. Open the Door: How to Excite Young People about Poetry. McSweeney's, 2013.
Leahy, Anna, ed. Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom: The Authority Project. Multilingual Matters, 2005.
Leahy, Anna, ed. What We Talk About When We Talk About Creative Writing. Multilingual Matters, 2016.
Licona, Adela C. Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric. SUNY Press, 2012.
Mathieu, Paula, Steve Parks, and Tiffany Rousculp. Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing. Lexington, 2012.
May, Lori. The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship and the Writing Life. Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
May, Steve. Doing Creative Writing. Routledge, 2007.
McCall, Sophie, and Gabrielle Hill. The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation in Canada. Arbeiter Ring, 2015.
McCullough, Laura. A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race. U of Georgia P, 2015.
McGee, Micki, ed. Yaddo: Making American Culture. New York Public Library & Columbia UP, 2008.
McGurl, Mark. The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing. Harvard UP, 2009.
Mayers, Tim. (Re)Writing Craft: Composition, Creative Writing, and the Future of English. U of Pittsburgh P, 2005.
Monteith, Moira, and Robert Miles. Teaching Creative Writing: Theory and Practice. Open UP, 1992.
Morley, David, and Philip M. Neilsen, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing. Cambridge UP, 2012.
Moxley, Joseph, ed. Creative Writing in America: Theory and Pedagogy. NCTE, 1989.
Muller, Lauren, and June Jordan. June Jordan’s Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint. Taylor & Francis, 1995.
Myers, D.G. The Elephants Teach: Creative Writing since 1880. Prentice Hall, 1996.
Neubauer, Alexander. Conversations on Writing Fiction: Interviews with Thirteen Distinguished Teachers of Fiction Writing in America. Harper Collins, 1994.
Newlyn, Lucy , and Jenny Lewis, eds. Synergies: Creative Writing in Academic Practice. Chough, 2003.
North, Stephen M. Refiguring the Ph.D. in English Studies: Writing, Doctoral Education, and the Fusion-Based Curriculum. NCTE, 1999.
Olsen, Eric, and Glenn Shaeffer. We Wanted to Be Writers: Life, Love, and Literature at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. New York: Skyhorse, 2011. Print.
O'Rourke, Rebecca. Creative Writing: Education, Culture, and Community. Leicester: Niace, 2005. Print.
Orr, Gregory, and Ellen Bryant Voigt. Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1996. Print.
Peary, Alexandria, and Tom C. Hunley, eds. Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century. Southern Illinois UP, 2015.
Peary, Alexandra. Prolific Moment: Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Writing. Routledge, 2018.
Perry, Paul. ed. Beyond the Workshop. Kingston-upon-Thames: Kingston UP, 2012. Print.
Philip, M. Nourbese. Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture. Mercury, 1992.
Piirto, Jane. My Teeming Brain: Understanding Creative Writers. New York: Hampton P, 2002. Print.
Punday, Daniel. Five Strands of Fictionality: The Institutional Construction of Contemporary American Writing. Ohio State UP, 2010.
Quan-Lee, Sherry (editor). How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse. Modern History Press. 2017.
Rankine, Claudia, Beth Loffreda, and Max King Cap, eds. The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Fence, 2015.
Reid, Ian. The Making of Literature: Texts, Contexts, and Classroom Practices. Norwood: Australian Association for the Teaching of English, 1984. Print.
Retallack, Joan, and Juliana Spahr, eds. Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Print.
Ritter, Kelly, and Stephanie Vanderslice C., eds. Can It Really Be Taught?: Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook Heinemann, 2007. Print.
Ritter, Kelly. To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman’s College, 1943-1963. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 2012. Print.
Savren, Shelley. The Forms of Things Unknown: Teaching Poetry Writing to Teens and Adults (Reprint Edition). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016.
Seargeant, Philip, and Bill Greenwell. From Language to Creative Writing. Bloomsbury, 2013.
Sharples, Mike. Cognition, Computers, and Creative Writing. New York: Halsted, 1985.
Shawl, Nisi, and Cynthia Ward. Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. Aqueduct, 2005.
Shivani, Anis. Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, Controversies. Texas A&M Press, 2011.
Siegel, Ben, ed. The American Writer and the University. Newark: U of Delaware P, 1989.
Spandel, Vickie. The Nine Rights of Every Writer: A Guide For Teachers. Portsmouth: Heinemann Boynton/Cook, 2005.
Starkey, David. Teaching Writing Creatively. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook, 1998.
Stegner, Wallace. On Teaching and Writing Fiction. New York: Penguin, 2002.
—. On the Teaching of Creative Writing: Responses to a Series of Questions. Edited by Edward Connery Lathem. UP of New England, 1997.
—. Teaching the Short Story. Davis: U of California, 1965.
—. The Writer in America. New York: Haskell, 1977.
Sullivan, Ceri, and Graeme Harper. Authors at Work: the Creative Environment. D.S. Brewer, 2009.
Thaxton, Terry Anne. Creative Writing and the Community. Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
Theune, Michael, and Bob Broad. We Need to Talk: A New Method for Evaluating Poetry. Multilingual Matters, 2017.
Tighe, Carl. Writing and Responsibility. Routledge, 2005.
Tolbert, TC, and Trace Peterson, eds. Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Nightboat, 2013.
Tomlinson, Barbara. Authors on Writing: Metaphors and Intellectual Labor. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Turner, Alberta T. Poets Teaching: The Creative Process. Longman, 1980.
Vandermeulen, Carl. Negotiating the Personal in Creative Writing. Multilingual Matters, 2011.
Vanderslice, Stephanie. The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life: An Instructional Memoir for Prose Writers. Bloomsbury, 2017.
Vanderslice, Stephanie. Rethinking Creative Writing. Professional and Higher Partnership, 2011.
Vanderslice, Stephanie. Studying Creative Writing – Successfully. Frontinus, 2016.
Vanderslice, Stephanie and Kelly Ritter. Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates: A Practical Guide and Sourcebook. Fountainhead P, 2011.
Vanderslice, Stephanie, and Rebecca Manery, eds. Can It Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy. 2nd edition. Bloomsbury, 2017.
Vaquer, Mary-Elizabeth. Poetics of Curriculum, Poetics of Life: An Exploration of Poetry in the Context of Selves, Schools, and Society.
Volpert, Megan. This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013.
Wade, Stephen. The Forms of Things Unknown: Essays on Teaching and Learning Creative Writing. Paupers, 2003.
Waite, Marjorie Peabody. Yaddo, Yesterday and Today. Argus, 1933. Print.
Walker, Elaine, ed. Teaching Creative Writing. Professional and Higher Partnership, 2012.
Wandor, Michelene. The Author Is Not Dead, Merely Somewhere Else: Creative Writing Reconceived. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
---. On Gender and Writing. Pandora Press, 1983.
Wilbers, Stephen. The Iowa Writers’ Workshop: Origins, Emergence, & Growth. U of Iowa P, 1980.
Webb, Jen. Researching Creative Writing. Frontinus, 2015.
Young, Johnny. Resources for Teaching Creative Writing.
Zhao, Yan. Second Language Creative Writers: Identities and Writing Processes. Multilingual Matters, 2015.
Ziff, Bruce, and Pratima V. Rao, eds. Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation. Rutgers UP, 1997.
Ziegler, Alan. The Writing Workshop. Vols. 1 & 2. New York: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 1981, 1984.