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Books on composition & creative writing skills

Fiction is more than a made up story. A piece of fiction is crafted by carefully inventing a unique plot and believable characters. But how does an author get started? Finding inspiration is as easy as looking at a picture.

Picture Yourself Writing Fiction: Using Photos to Inspire Writing (See It, Write It)
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Drama is more than dialogue written for actors. A piece of drama is crafted by carefully developing each character and scene. But how does a playwright get started? Finding inspiration is as easy as looking at a picture.

Picture Yourself Writing Drama: Using Photos to Inspire Writing
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A detailed and very personal guide to reading and writing poetry by one of the country's leading children's poets. Over many years as a working poet, Michael Rosen has thought a great deal about what poems are, what they can do and... read more

PUBLICATION FEBRUARY 2017

What is Poetry?: The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems
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A write-in book which will allow children to pen their very own adventure story. With lots of hints and tips on how to create characters, plan plots, write dialogue and stage all-important action scenes, this book will start budding writers off with simple exercises, and build them up until they are racing through their own short stories.

PUBLICATION JULY 2015

Write Your Own Adventure Stories
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Ready to build a picture book? First, you'll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writer's Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you'll be writing and showing stories like a pro

Show Me a Story: Writing Your Own Picture Book (Writer's Toolbox)
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A write-in book for complete beginners, who want to write stories but don't know where to start. Starting with easy word games, the book takes the young writer through each part of story-writing. From creating characters using doodling and using picture prompts to develop description skills, the book ... read more

PUBLICATION SEPTEMBER 2015

My First Story Writing Book
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The ultimate "get off your bum and do it" book, Everything I Know About Writing will motivate anyone to write. It's a lively funny guide to writing, as readable as a novel, but packed front to back with ideas and insights. And this new edition has one other great... read more

Everything I Know about Writing
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Series:Writer's Toolbox

Using a single or small number of genre-specific works, this series explores the tools all beginning writers need. It features titles that include a review list of key concepts, at least four exercises for getting started, and numerous writing tips.

It's All About You: Writing Your Own Journal (Writer's Toolbox)
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Rufus the fox is up to something. He sneaks up on Babette and roars like a lion. An angry Babette chases Rufus all over town. But is Rufus being chased or is he actually leading Babette to a surprise destination?

Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story
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In over thirty essays, written over twenty years, one of the world's great storytellers meditates on storytelling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and, above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin an... read more

PUBLICATION NOVEMBER 2017

Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling
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Joy Cowley distils her four decades at the top of the children's writing pyramid for the benefit of anyone engaging in writing for young people. In short chapters she covers developing a plot, dialogue, writers' discipline, humour, early reading, novels, picture books, plays, poetry, editing, and presentation.

Writing from the Heart: How to Write for Children
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When Jane Sutcliffe sets out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, in her own words, she runs into a problem: Will's words keep popping up all over the place! What's an author to do? After all, Will is r... read more

PUBLICATION JULY 2016

Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
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