34 episodes

The tracks on this album offer an invaluable insight into a wide range of techniques and practices surrounding Creative Writing. Writers as diverse as Alan Ayckbourn, Ian McMillan and Tanika Gupta talk openly about their approaches and attitudes to all aspects of writing from original concept to final drafts and productions. Writing for stage, print, television and radio is discussed in engaging and articulate detail. This material forms part of The Open University course A363 Advanced creative writing.

Creative Writing - Audio The Open University

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    • 3.6 • 35 Ratings

The tracks on this album offer an invaluable insight into a wide range of techniques and practices surrounding Creative Writing. Writers as diverse as Alan Ayckbourn, Ian McMillan and Tanika Gupta talk openly about their approaches and attitudes to all aspects of writing from original concept to final drafts and productions. Writing for stage, print, television and radio is discussed in engaging and articulate detail. This material forms part of The Open University course A363 Advanced creative writing.

    Tanika Gupta on Voice

    Tanika Gupta on Voice

    Prolific author Tanika Gupta talks about stagecraft, highlighting the importance of voice and comic idiom in her writing.

    • 6 min
    Transcript -- Tanika Gupta on Voice

    Transcript -- Tanika Gupta on Voice

    Prolific author Tanika Gupta talks about stagecraft, highlighting the importance of voice and comic idiom in her writing.

    Helen Blakeman and Setting

    Helen Blakeman and Setting

    Playwright Helen Blakeman sees setting as integral to a play’s success and highlights the supporting importance of factors such as structure and voice.

    • 4 min
    Transcript -- Helen Blakeman and Setting

    Transcript -- Helen Blakeman and Setting

    Playwright Helen Blakeman sees setting as integral to a play’s success and highlights the supporting importance of factors such as structure and voice.

    Developing the Idea

    Developing the Idea

    Playwriting master Alan Ayckbourn reveals how he develops and connects ideas for his plays, and the meticulous process of structuring and ‘building’ a script.

    • 10 min
    Transcript -- Developing the Idea

    Transcript -- Developing the Idea

    Playwriting master Alan Ayckbourn reveals how he develops and connects ideas for his plays, and the meticulous process of structuring and ‘building’ a script.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

AshersMommy ,

Great - Except for the Glitch...

This is a great well of advice and insight for writers. The only problem, and the reason I rated this collection 4 stars instead of 5, is that there seems to be some sort of glitch that I hope they can work out. If you'll notice, "Ian McMillan and Repetition," and "Poetry and Surrealism" are both 5 minutes 4 seconds. That is no coincidence - they are the same broadcast. "Poetry and Surrealism" is just "Ian McMillan and Repetition" again. Oh, the irony. As an aspiring novelist, I was looking forward to listening to "The Structure and Development of Novels" with Hilary Mantel, but playing that role is "Poetry and Surrealism." There is no "Structure and Development" broadcast. Hence the retracted star. Other than that, it's great stuff!

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