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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

Tanika Gupta on Voice

11/10/2008
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Prolific author Tanika Gupta talks about stagecraft, highlighting the importance of voice and comic idiom in her writing.

Duration:00:06:05

Helen Blakeman and Setting

11/10/2008
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Playwright Helen Blakeman sees setting as integral to a play’s success and highlights the supporting importance of factors such as structure and voice.

Duration:00:04:54

Developing the Idea

11/10/2008
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Playwriting master Alan Ayckbourn reveals how he develops and connects ideas for his plays, and the meticulous process of structuring and ‘building’ a script.

Duration:00:10:08

Alan Ayckbourn on Redrafting

11/10/2008
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Ayckbourn's approach to redrafting and rewriting scripts, and how dramatic ideas and twists emerge.

Duration:00:06:24

Alan Ayckbourn as Director

11/10/2008
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Alan Ayckbourn's work as a director, and how this informs his writing. The economy of playwriting, and the writer’s awareness of the limitations of the stage.

Duration:00:08:31

Alan Ayckbourn and Staging

11/10/2008
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Drawing on his intimate knowledge of the theatre, Alan Ayckbourn offers an insight into the varius methods of staging, drawing a link between his own work and theatre in the round.

Duration:00:03:22

Adaptation and Breakdowns

11/10/2008
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Renowned writer David Edgar discusses his ideas on Aristotle’s unities, linking this to ways of adapting existing works.

Duration:00:09:37

Jane Rogers on Adapting for Television

11/10/2008
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Novelist and playwright Jane Rogers talks about the transition of one of her novels, Mr. Wroe’s Virgins, into a four part television series.

Duration:00:14:04

Jane Rogers as Novelist

11/10/2008
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Jane Rogers talks about her work as a novelist, and the methods of storytelling and voice she employs. She brings together various forms and approaches, such as the use of cinematic editing techniques, in her novels

Duration:00:15:32

Approaches to Contemporary Fiction

11/10/2008
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Jane Rogers talks about her work in terms of viewing herself as a contemporary novelist. She draws links to literary greats, and techniques like 'the unreliable narrator'.

Duration:00:06:16

The Mass Observation Archive

11/10/2008
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Dorothy Sheridan, director of the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex, talks about the archive in terms of a research tool and a repository of unique material.

Duration:00:08:11

Liz Jensen, Development and Decisions

11/10/2008
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Author Liz Jensen talks about her novels and how they develop in terms of storyline, plot, character and voice, How she often rejects planning in favour of a more organic approach to her work.

Duration:00:08:11

Structure, Revision and Theme

11/10/2008
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Novelist Liz Jensen talks about narrative viewpoints, and their benefits and shortcomings in terms of storytelling.

Duration:00:10:41

Ian McMillan and Repetition

11/10/2008
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Poet and presenter Ian McMillan takes a light-hearted look at the use of repetition in his poems.

Duration:00:05:04

Poetry and Surrealism

11/10/2008
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Ian McMillan talks about the importance and use of surrealism in his poetry.

Duration:00:11:22

Hilary Mantel on Film and Drama

11/10/2008
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Hilary Mantel talks about the importance and influence television and film have had on her development as a writer. The paragraph as the basic building block of fiction, and how this can generate a successful narrative.

Duration:00:07:29

Rhetoric and Rhythm

11/10/2008
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Hilary Mantel uses examples and a reading from her own novel Vacant Possession, to examine the use of rhetoric and rhythm, and how they can seed ideas in a reader and build up the relationship between reader and text.

Duration:00:11:41