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The Psychology of Creative Writing

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Jane Piirto, E. M. Skrzynecky, James C. Kaufman, Adèle Kohanyi, Steven R. Pritzker, David McGarva, Scott Barry Kaufman, Aaron Kozbelt, Daniel Nettle, Martin S. Lindauer, Dean Keith Simonton, Todd Lubart, R. Keith Sawyer, Mark A. Runco, Thomas B. Ward, E. Thomas Lawson, Susan K. Perry, Jerome L. Singer, Michael V. Barrios, Sandra W. Russ, Janel D. Sexton, James W. Pennebaker, John Baer, Sharon S. McKool, Grace R. Waitman, Jonathan A. Plucker, Genevieve E. Chandler, Pat Schneider, Ai-Girl Tan
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  • Date Published: June 2009
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521707824

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  • The Psychology of Creative Writing takes a scholarly, psychological look at multiple aspects of creative writing, including the creative writer as a person, the text itself, the creative process, the writer's development, the link between creative writing and mental illness, the personality traits of comedy and screen writers, and how to teach creative writing. This book will appeal to psychologists interested in creativity, writers who want to understand more about the magic behind their talents, and educated laypeople who enjoy reading, writing, or both. From scholars to bloggers to artists, The Psychology of Creative Writing has something for everyone.

    • An extensive concluding chapter integrating the many and varied ideas in the book
    • A wide array of topics within the general area of the psychology of creative writing
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… eclectic survey … a wide-ranging companion to an under-researched area.' The Psychologist

    'This book is well worth a read because it's interested in explaining what writers do rather than explaining it away, which is the tendency in literary theory.' Writing in Education

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521707824
    • length: 406 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Writer:
    1. The Personalities of Creative Writers Jane Piirto
    2. Killing Your Babies: The Creative Writer, Locus of Control, and Rumination E. M. Skrzynecky and James C. Kaufman
    3. 'The more I write, the better I write, and the better I feel about myself': Mood Variability and Mood Regulation in Student Journalists and Creative Writers Adèle Kohanyi
    4. Characteristics of Eminent Screenwriters: Who Are Those Guys? Steven R. Pritzker and David McGarva
    5. The Tears of a Clown: Understanding Comedy Writers Scott Barry Kaufman and Aaron Kozbelt
    Part II. The Text:
    6. The Evolution of Creative Writing Daniel Nettle
    7. Literary Creativity and Physiognomy: Expressiveness in Writers, Readers, and Literature Martin S. Lindauer
    8. The Literary Genius of William Shakespeare: Empirical Studies of His Dramatic and Poetic Creativity Dean Keith Simonton
    Part III. The Process:
    9. In search of the writer's creative process Todd Lubart
    10. Writing as a collaborative act R. Keith Sawyer
    11. Writing as an interaction with ideas Mark A. Runco
    12. Creative Cognition in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Thomas B. Ward and E. Thomas Lawson
    Part IV. The Development:
    13. Writing in flow Susan K. Perry
    14. Writers' Blocks and Blocked Writers: Using Natural Imagery to Enhance Creativity Jerome L. Singer and Michael V. Barrios
    15. Pretend Play, Emotional Processes, and Developing Narratives Sandra W. Russ
    16. The Healing Powers of Expressive Writing Janel D. Sexton and James W. Pennebaker
    Part V. The Education:
    17. How Rewards and Evaluations Can Undermine Creativity (and How to Prevent This) John Baer and Sharon S. McKool
    18. Teaching Writing by Demythologizing Creativity Grace R. Waitman and Jonathan A. Plucker
    19. Creation and Response: Wellspring to Evaluation Genevieve E. Chandler and Pat Schneider
    20. Fostering Creative Writing: Challenges Faced by Chinese Learners Ai-Girl Tan
    21. Putting the Parts Together: An Integrative Look at the Psychology of Creative Writing Scott Barry Kaufman and James C. Kaufman.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
    • Foundations ofWriting
    • Introduction fo Creative Writing: Fiction
    • Poetry & Fiction Writing
    • Psychology and Literature
    • Psychology of Artistic Expression
    • The Creative Process
    • The Study of Creative Writing
    • The Teaching of Writing
  • Editors

    Scott Barry Kaufman, Yale University, Connecticut
    Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., completed his doctorate in cognitive psychology at Yale University in 2009. He also holds an M.Phil. in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied psychology, human–computer interaction, and voice performance. In his research, he combines various perspectives, including cognitive science, philosophy, and evolutionary psychology, to further an understanding of intelligence and creativity. In addition to publishing more than 20 book chapters and articles in professional journals such as Intelligence and Journal of Creative Behavior, he is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence (with Robert J. Sternberg, forthcoming). Kaufman's work has been covered in media outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer and Men's Health. Additionally, he writes a blog for Psychology Today called 'Beautiful Minds.' He is the recipient of the 2008 Frank X. Barron student award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association for his research on the psychology of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts.

    James C. Kaufman, California State University, San Bernardino
    James C. Kaufman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the California State University at San Bernardino, where he directs the Learning Research Institute. Dr Kaufman's research focuses on the nurturance, structure, and assessment of creativity. Kaufman is the author or editor of fifteen books either published or in press, including Creativity 101, Essentials of Creativity Assessment (with Jonathan Plucker and John Baer), International Handbook of Creativity (with Robert J. Sternberg), and Applied Intelligence (with Robert J. Sternberg and Elena Grigorenko). His research has been featured on CNN, NPR, the New York Times, New Yorker, and the BBC. Kaufman is a founding co-editor of the official journal for the American Psychological Association's Division 10, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. He is also the Associate Editor of Journal of Creative Behavior, the Editor of International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving, and an Associate Editor of Psychological Assessment, and he is the Series Editor of the Psych 101 series. He received the 2003 Daniel E. Berlyne Award from APA's Division 10 and the 2008 E. Paul Torrance Award from the National Association of Gifted Children.

    Contributors

    Jane Piirto, E. M. Skrzynecky, James C. Kaufman, Adèle Kohanyi, Steven R. Pritzker, David McGarva, Scott Barry Kaufman, Aaron Kozbelt, Daniel Nettle, Martin S. Lindauer, Dean Keith Simonton, Todd Lubart, R. Keith Sawyer, Mark A. Runco, Thomas B. Ward, E. Thomas Lawson, Susan K. Perry, Jerome L. Singer, Michael V. Barrios, Sandra W. Russ, Janel D. Sexton, James W. Pennebaker, John Baer, Sharon S. McKool, Grace R. Waitman, Jonathan A. Plucker, Genevieve E. Chandler, Pat Schneider, Ai-Girl Tan

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