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Sing Me the Creation Edition 2 Updated

Creative Writing Sourcebook

September 2015
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    15th September 2015
  • ISBN 9781907359637
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"

“The most unusual guidebook for creative writing in the world...this book has wings.” —Robert Sardello, PhD (from his foreword)

This second edition of Sing Me the Creation has been thoroughly updated throughout, with a new first chapter and a useful index for reference.

Sing Me the Creation is an inspirational workbook of creative writing exercises for poets and teachers, as well as for those who want to develop their life of imagination. Paul Mathews gives us permission to indulge our fantasy and, once that life begins to flow, provides the tools we need to craft it into poetry and song.

Also included are numerous exercises for improving writing skills and for self-study. These practical exercises are ideally suited for group work with adults, and teachers will find them to be popular with their students.

“These exercises work. They are simple and immediately usable in a class; they all lead to creative satisfaction: i.e. they are practically imaginative”

— Richard Ramsbotham

“This book is quite simply the best I have ever come across on Creative Writing. I think this is because it has a spiritual direction, and therefore makes sense overall. Most such books end up by having no idea what it is all for. Paul shows us this, with great strength.” 

— Peter Redgrove, poet

“Those familiar with the work of Paul Matthews, particularly those who would like to use this book in their work as group facilitators with children or adults, will welcome the additional material that places the writing tasks in a developmental context that is intrinsic, I would claim, to the ‘life structure’ of the language. For those who are new to this work: welcome to a singular guide and companion on the creative path and life of the imagination.”

— Andie Lewenstein, New View

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Robert Sardello
Before We Begin

1. Minding the Hearth
2. Stating
3. Questioning
4. Holding the Centre
5. Exclaiming
6. Commanding
7. Mending the Circle


Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews, poet and teacher of Spacial Dynamics®, is the director of Language Alive—the creative writing course at Emerson College. His publications include Sing Me the Creation (Hawthorn Press) and The Ground that Love Seeks (Five Seasons Press). He has traveled widely with his work, giving poetry readings and talks and leading workshops in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. He recently founded "Poetry Otherwise" to encourage poetry in communities.