By Pat Boran

The Portable Creative Writing Workshop

Pat Boran’s popular handbook for writers of poetry and prose fiction.

Description

Pat Boran’s The Portable Creative Writing Handbook is a popular creative writing manual which has been in print for over 15 years and offers beginning creative writers a host of useful and inspiring games and formal structures to help them get writing.

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A creative writing workshop in your pocket.

How do writers write? What do they do when they’re stuck for ideas? Or how do they take those still vague ideas to the next level, maybe even all the way to publication?

Whether you belong to a writing group running low on steam, or are struggling on your own and looking for some helpful direction, this book – now in its 4th edition – offers all the practical assistance you’ll ever need.

Covering everything from ideas for generating raw material to form and technique in poetry and prose, prize-winning poet and editor Pat Boran (who has conducted hundreds of writing workshops throughout Ireland and abroad) takes a hands-on, practical approach to the creative writing process, concluding with a new section for those considering their own first steps towards publication.

Accessible, enjoyable and stimulating, The Portable Creative Writing Workshop is an ideal creative writing handbook for anyone setting out on the writer’s journey.


ISBN 9781906614775 Paperback
216 x 140 mm, 216 pp
4th edition

Additional information

Weight ,3 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614775
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 216 pp
  • Published: : 4th edition, 2013

About The Author

Author

PAT BORAN is an Irish poet, editor and film maker. He was born in 1963 in Portlaoise, in the Irish midlands, and has long since lived in Dublin. One of the best known Irish poets of his generation, he was Writer-in-Residence with Dublin City Libraries, Dublin City University and the Western Education and Library Board in Fermanagh. He is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Then Again (Dedalus Press, 2019) and Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (Orange Crate Books, 2016) with photographs by the author. The Statues of Emo Court (2021), Building the Ark (2022) and On a wave of Light (2022) are single-poem volumes, with photographs by the author. A Man Is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems was published in 2017 by Orange Crate Books. Editions of his poetry have been published in Italian, Hungarian, Macedonian and Portuguese, with further works in progress. Pat Boran's non-fiction includes the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (various editions) and A Short History of Dublin (Mercier Press). His humorous memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was published by Dedalus Press in 2009 and published in Italian as Un'Infanzia Irlandese in 2019 by Edizioni Kolibris. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and a former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, Pat Boran has edited numerous anthologies of Irish poetry, among them Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler (2006), Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (2009), The Bee-Loud Glade (2009), Shine On: Irish writers supporting those affected by mental ill health (2011), the 2014 Dublin One City, One Book choice If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (with co-editor Gerard Smyth) and, with co-editor Eugene O'Connell, The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (2017). During lockdown in Spring 2020 he edited the popular anthology, The Word Ark: A Pocket Book of Animal Poems, illustrated by Sicilian artist Gaetano Tranchino. Since 2020 he has made more than a dozen short poetry films which have shown at film and literary festivals all over the world. Pat Boran’s distinctions include The Patrick Kavanagh Award and the US-based Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists. (See also www.patboran.com)