by University of Warwick
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David Morley, Director of the Warwick Writing Programme, leads you through a series of creative writing challenges designed to help you develop your creativity and talent as a writer and reader.
||Murdering your darlings||All writing is rewriting. With fiction the best test is to read your story aloud, and read it to somebody.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Conflict and Crisis||When reading novels as a writer, you will immediately notice the importance of conflict as the engine of fiction.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Beginning at the Beginning||How do I begin?||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Points of view in fiction||Where do you, the writer, stand in relation to your characters and readers?||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Character is Story||Character is the heart and mind of your story - it is what makes it live.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Dreaming a Fictional Continuum||So, after all, it was a dream... A fiction writer depends on the dream or fantasy of scenes that are true to life or, at least, carry verisimilitude however fantastic the setting or story.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Palettes for Fiction||Although the marketplace for short stories is difficult, many new writers choose to begin with writing them, almost as a right of passage, a place for honing language, testing their narrative nerve over a shortish distance, and organising a palette.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Truth About Pride and Prejudice||Form in fiction is a specific and conscious decision, but your final decision may take several drafts and unsuccessful trials before you find that which suits the material best.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||The House of Fiction||Should you be trying to achieve artistic truth in your fiction or writing the next commercial blockbuster?||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Language's Magic||Natural magic informs every function of our bodies, our life span and the way we perceive.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shakespeare's Field Trip||When we use words, we have to use the right words and the right words in the best order.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Campaign for Real Language||Creative writing's capacity for the creation of illusion-as-truth can make it a dangerous tool.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Music, Movement and Brain-Blocking||Mess with your brain to get the best writing out of it.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Fieldwork for Writers||Everything is quarry, everyone is material, and everywhere is fieldwork.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Painless Headache||The role of consciousness in writing and the creative process.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||A Mental Switch||How to get into the writing 'zone'. How do you translate the desire to write into the will to write?||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Character Called the Writer||Finding your voice will stimulate your progress as a writer. This week's challenge focusses on your self and selves, helping you to get to know the dimensions of your voice.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Adventures in reading||The relationship between reading and writing and how being an 'original' reader can help with creativity.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||Play, Pleasure and Games||Introducing the Writing Challenges podcast and setting challenge number 1 - The Word Hoard.||11/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
Helpful- well-stated & well-spoken
Thanks to the teachers and iTunes. This podcast has solid advice for beginning writers and exceptional delivery. You can get similar content elsewhere, but I feel that this delivery is more intelligent. So many writing podcasts are bogged down by banter and/ or whining by the podcasters. Sometimes, you want to learn rather than just listen, and you want real facts rather than rambling. This is a great place to learn about writing. Plus, I'm not sure why I love podcasters with accents, but they definitely hold my attention better.
I love this series. It is extremely well-written, narrated, and poses interesting questions in every episode. It probes more deeply the craft of fiction. I find it helps me to become a better reader as much as I learn the craft of writing.