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Writing Challenges

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.

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Play, Pleasure and Games

11:06, Mon 3 Dec 2007

Introducing the Writing Challenges podcast and setting challenge number 1 - The Word Hoard.

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Adventures in reading

11:06, Mon 3 Dec 2007

The relationship between reading and writing and how being an 'original' reader can help with creativity.

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The Character Called the Writer

11:06, Mon 3 Dec 2007

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.

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A Mental Switch

11:07, Mon 3 Dec 2007

How to get into the writing 'zone'. How do you translate the desire to write into the will to write?

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The Painless Headache

11:07, Mon 3 Dec 2007

The role of consciousness in writing and the creative process.

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Fieldwork for Writers

11:07, Mon 3 Dec 2007

Everything is quarry, everyone is material, and everywhere is fieldwork.

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Music, Movement and Brain-Blocking

11:07, Mon 3 Dec 2007

Mess with your brain to get the best writing out of it.

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The Campaign for Real Language

11:08, Mon 3 Dec 2007

Creative writing's capacity for the creation of illusion-as-truth can make it a dangerous tool.

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Shakespeare's Field Trip

11:08, Mon 3 Dec 2007

When we use words, we have to use the right words and the right words in the best order.

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Language's Magic

11:08, Mon 3 Dec 2007

Natural magic informs every function of our bodies, our life span and the way we perceive.

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The House of Fiction

13:20, Mon 28 Jan 2008

Should you be trying to achieve artistic truth in your fiction or writing the next commercial blockbuster?

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The Truth About Pride and Prejudice

11:31, Wed 6 Feb 2008

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.

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The Palettes for Fiction

12:17, Wed 20 Feb 2008

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.

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Dreaming a Fictional Continuum

10:16, Tue 26 Feb 2008

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.

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Character is Story

11:32, Mon 10 Mar 2008

Character is the heart and mind of your story - it is what makes it live.

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Points of view in fiction

10:05, Thu 24 Apr 2008

Where do you, the writer, stand in relation to your characters and readers?

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Beginning at the Beginning

10:06, Thu 24 Apr 2008

How do I begin?

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Conflict and Crisis

10:07, Thu 24 Apr 2008

When reading novels as a writer, you will immediately notice the importance of conflict as the engine of fiction.

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Murdering your darlings

10:08, Thu 24 Apr 2008

All writing is rewriting. With fiction the best test is to read your story aloud, and read it to somebody.

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