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Introduction Chapter 1 - Writing & Imagery How blocks become stepping stones Effect of a cultural shift in attitudes towards writing Creative writing as a university discipline Students' attitudinal change Effect of a cultural shift in writer attitudes towards imagework The new writer and imagery Evidence from education supporting Right Brain learning methods. The self-generated image Accultured images v. personal ones Important I.D. of a self-generated image The ten key Right Brain writer skills Ways into Image Chapter 2 - Creativity - Students' perspectives Right Brain learning Students' understanding of creativity My learning from students' understanding of creativity Personalised I.D. of Creativity & the Learning Journal Research with students More research with students Outer reliance/inner reliance balance Word association game - a creative approach Something to visualise Ways into Image Chapter 3 - I.D. of Creativity Multidimensionality & commonality The double filter Natural human complexity The human dynamic multi-interactive system as evolving image Dendrites go round the world Left brain logical, Right brain AR-tistic Right brain/Left brain skills Right brain language of Image-speak A cross-over image to help reorientate Defining our brainview (as in 'worldview') Criticism v. creativity The cultural filter of literary criticism The personal filter of criticism Transforming the double filter Something to visualise Ways into Image Chapter Four - Understanding & mastering Right Brain I.D. Overview on purpose and function of this chapter First impressions of Right Brain I.D. The seven clusters The place of emotion Emotion as a whole body experience The effect of writing on the writer Important fine distinction concerning the clusters How the seven clusters work for writers Diversity of personal responses Image-speak - a new working strategy Something to visualise The Personalised Brainview Chapter 5 - Relating to Right Brain I.D. Learning personal image-speak Re-framing image-speak The Virtuous circle in relation to imagery for writers Way 1 Way 2 Way 3 How Left Brain bias sabotages image-speak 7 hurdles to learning image-speak Hurdles 1 - 7 Something to visualise Ways into Image-speak Step 1 Go through the barrier. Draw. Step 2 Become attuned and sensitive to the act of drawing Chapter 6 - Begin with your dreams Mastering the I.D. of dreams The multi-identity of dreams A new overview of imagery incorporating dreams 7 reasons for writers to do dreamwork How writers work with their dreams The double filter on dreams Strategies of Creative writing teachers to overcome student blocks Student objections to doing dreamwork Tackling nightmares Making sense of dreams and dreamwork Reframing dreams as important to writers Deep imagery work The process of learning The I.D. of dreams for writers Natural attitudinal changes accompanying dreamwork The content of dreams Interpreting dreams Writers' use of dreams Something to visualise Ways into dream images Chapter 7 - Artwork for writers Doodling Reinventing the concept of doodling Doodling for the Right Brain writer White space on a page Reasons to image big Doing what comes naturally The Inner child state as Right Brain Stylised artwork - an easy extension for non-artists Stylised artwork's simplicity Common features of stylised artwork Aboriginal style artwork Going through the unfamiliarity barrier Something to visualise Ways into Image Chapter 8 - Visualisation Methods to encourage Right Brain functioning The Image-happy writer The Image Flood Effects of Image Flood exercises Two Examples of Image Floods Image flood exercise Number One Image flood exercise Number Two Invent your own Image Flood Extended Visualisation The Professional Writer & Extended Visualisation Reality enhancement Something to visualise Ways into Image Chapter 9 - Metaphor What is a metaphor? Why metaphorise the corpus callosum? Writer development 13 Metaphors for the corpus callosum - Metaphor 1 - Bridge 1 Metaphor 2 - Bridge 2 Metaphor 3 - A movable staircase - as in Harry Potter Metaphor 4 - Undersea connector Metaphor 5 - Broadband Metaphor 6 - The Moonbounce Metaphor 7 - Pair of linked hands Metaphor 8 - A saloon door Metaphor 9 - An athletic tiger Metaphor 10 - A coastal headland with caves Metaphor 11 - Point of meeting of jungle & headland Metaphor 12 - A two-headed dragon Metaphor 13 - A double rainbow, arcing from land to ocean Debrief on the 13 metaphors for the corpus callosum Workshopping with corpus callosum metaphors Something to visualise Ways into Metaphor Chapter 10 - More on metaphor Nine ways the 'Life is..' metaphor works The 'Life is...' metaphor as a writing exercise - 7 benefits Mindmap of students' 'Life is...' metaphors Ways to interpret and relate to this metaphor mindmap The not-quite metaphors Useful learning from the 'Life is...' metaphor mindmap Working with half metaphors Startpoints into the 'Life is...' metaphor Extended metaphor - exploring metaphor's potential Extended metaphor as cliche reinvention. Example of extended metaphor as a poem Something to visualise Ways into Life metaphors Chapter 11 - The language and teaching of Creative Writing Concepts used in teaching Creative Writing Show, don't tell Make a scene of it Words jumping off the page Anecdote - Right Brain mini-stories How to deal with early mismatches The English language as writer's artistic medium Word-culls Reframing in action for the writer The English language - its downside and upside Can Creative Writing be taught? Seven learning styles Importance of what is taught What the new writer gets from each of these systems Something to visualise Ways into learning Chapter 12 - Entering the world of fiction The world of fiction from a new writer's perspective Informative Overviews on story... Story hook The character driven plot A reader-based understanding of story Three traps for new story writers concerning relationship with their story material Trap 1 - the real life model Trap 2 - believing/acting on negative feelings/moodstate Trap 3 - Dissociation Blocks into stepping stones Story and story development, Right Brain style Interrogation of material as a developmental technique Subjectivity as friend and enemy of the writer Expanding the strategy-base for development The four-point turnaround system Something to visualise Ways into fiction Chapter 13 - Story Writing - Way 1 Intuitive wisdom concerning story Storymaking as an iceberg metaphor Problems with new writers' stories Ways into story The interactive reading of story Way 1 - Read for plot Way 2 - Read for emotion Way 3 - Read for character & character development Way 4 - Read for mind-pictures Role-play your characters Four direct benefits of role-playing your characters Something to visualise Way into character Chapter 14 - Story Writing - Way 2 Action Images as fiction's source What is an Action Image Action Images and imagework Action Images and writers Inner imagery as universal currency Why it's important to know the power of deep imagery work Action Images Reading, interpreting and using Action Images in fiction. Fifty Action Images Something to visualise Ways into Action Images Chapter 15 - The Art of Creative Technique Fictional development using Action Images Following your intuition Creating a storyline from your own Action Images Bigging up working titles Example of four Action Images producing a storyline Rough storyline of 'Flying Flowers' Overview on storyline of 'Flying Flowers'. Analysis and Interrogation Different levels of questions Closed ended questions Questions that remain questions for a while Questions expansive of story A worked example of expansive questions applied to the storyline of 'Flying Flowers' What is this story about? Ways into creative technique Chapter 16 - Informative overviews and ongoing learning Right Brain qualities imaged The nation of images The larger picture Metaphor's larger picture Images for this book Journey - experiential metaphor for this book Further ways into Image Chapter 17 - Re-imaging A writer's evolution Reframing at the Right Brain level A re-classification of artwork and its importance for writers The ideal creative relationship Chapter 18 - Re-imaging 2 Decoding personal symbology longterm Doodling as a primer in Imagespeak Student speak in decoding personal symbology Re-imaging self generated images

Introduction Chapter 1 - Writing & Imagery How blocks become stepping stones Effect of a cultural shift in attitudes towards writing Creative writing as a university discipline Students' attitudinal change Effect of a cultural shift in writer attitudes towards imagework The new writer and imagery Evidence from education supporting Right Brain learning methods. The self-generated image Accultured images v. personal ones Important I.D. of a self-generated image The ten key Right Brain writer skills Ways into Image Chapter 2 - Creativity - Students' perspectives Right Brain learning Students' understanding of creativity My learning from students' understanding of creativity Personalised I.D. of Creativity & the Learning Journal Research with students More research with students Outer reliance/inner reliance balance Word association game - a creative approach Something to visualise Ways into Image Chapter 3 - I.D. of Creativity Multidimensionality & commonality The double filter Natural human complexity The human dynamic multi-interactive system as evolving image Dendrites go round the world Left brain logical, Right brain AR-tistic Right brain/Left brain skills Right brain language of Image-speak A cross-over image to help reorientate Defining our brainview (as in 'worldview') Criticism v. creativity The cultural filter of literary criticism The personal filter of criticism Transforming the double filter Something to visualise Ways into Image Chapter Four - Understanding & mastering Right Brain I.D. Overview on purpose and function of this chapter First impressions of Right Brain I.D. The seven clusters The place of emotion Emotion as a whole body experience The effect of writing on the writer Important fine distinction concerning the clusters How the seven clusters work for writers Diversity of personal responses Image-speak - a new working strategy Something to visualise The Personalised Brainview Chapter 5 - Relating to Right Brain I.D. Learning personal image-speak Re-framing image-speak The Virtuous circle in relation to imagery for writers Way 1 Way 2 Way 3 How Left Brain bias sabotages image-speak 7 hurdles to learning image-speak Hurdles 1 - 7 Something to visualise Ways into Image-speak Step 1 Go through the barrier. Draw. Step 2 Become attuned and sensitive to the act of drawing Chapter 6 - Begin with your dreams Mastering the I.D. of dreams The multi-identity of dreams A new overview of imagery incorporating dreams 7 reasons for writers to do dreamwork How writers work with their dreams The double filter on dreams Strategies of Creative writing teachers to overcome student blocks Student objections to doing dreamwork Tackling nightmares Making sense of dreams and dreamwork Reframing dreams as important to writers Deep imagery work The process of learning The I.D. of dreams for writers Natural attitudinal changes accompanying dreamwork The content of dreams Interpreting dreams Writers' use of dreams Something to visualise Ways into dream images Chapter 7 - Artwork for writers Doodling Reinventing the concept of doodling Doodling for the Right Brain writer White space on a page Reasons to image big Doing what comes naturally The Inner child state as Right Brain Stylised artwork - an easy extension for non-artists Stylised artwork's simplicity Common features of stylised artwork Aboriginal style artwork Going through the unfamiliarity barrier Something to visualise Ways into Image Chapter 8 - Visualisation Methods to encourage Right Brain functioning The Image-happy writer The Image Flood Effects of Image Flood exercises Two Examples of Image Floods Image flood exercise Number One Image flood exercise Number Two Invent your own Image Flood Extended Visualisation The Professional Writer & Extended Visualisation Reality enhancement Something to visualise Ways into Image Chapter 9 - Metaphor What is a metaphor? Why metaphorise the corpus callosum? Writer development 13 Metaphors for the corpus callosum - Metaphor 1 - Bridge 1 Metaphor 2 - Bridge 2 Metaphor 3 - A movable staircase - as in Harry Potter Metaphor 4 - Undersea connector Metaphor 5 - Broadband Metaphor 6 - The Moonbounce Metaphor 7 - Pair of linked hands Metaphor 8 - A saloon door Metaphor 9 - An athletic tiger Metaphor 10 - A coastal headland with caves Metaphor 11 - Point of meeting of jungle & headland Metaphor 12 - A two-headed dragon Metaphor 13 - A double rainbow, arcing from land to ocean Debrief on the 13 metaphors for the corpus callosum Workshopping with corpus callosum metaphors Something to visualise Ways into Metaphor Chapter 10 - More on metaphor Nine ways the 'Life is..' metaphor works The 'Life is...' metaphor as a writing exercise - 7 benefits Mindmap of students' 'Life is...' metaphors Ways to interpret and relate to this metaphor mindmap The not-quite metaphors Useful learning from the 'Life is...' metaphor mindmap Working with half metaphors Startpoints into the 'Life is...' metaphor Extended metaphor - exploring metaphor's potential Extended metaphor as cliche reinvention. Example of extended metaphor as a poem Something to visualise Ways into Life metaphors Chapter 11 - The language and teaching of Creative Writing Concepts used in teaching Creative Writing Show, don't tell Make a scene of it Words jumping off the page Anecdote - Right Brain mini-stories How to deal with early mismatches The English language as writer's artistic medium Word-culls Reframing in action for the writer The English language - its downside and upside Can Creative Writing be taught? Seven learning styles Importance of what is taught What the new writer gets from each of these systems Something to visualise Ways into learning Chapter 12 - Entering the world of fiction The world of fiction from a new writer's perspective Informative Overviews on story... Story hook The character driven plot A reader-based understanding of story Three traps for new story writers concerning relationship with their story material Trap 1 - the real life model Trap 2 - believing/acting on negative feelings/moodstate Trap 3 - Dissociation Blocks into stepping stones Story and story development, Right Brain style Interrogation of material as a developmental technique Subjectivity as friend and enemy of the writer Expanding the strategy-base for development The four-point turnaround system Something to visualise Ways into fiction Chapter 13 - Story Writing - Way 1 Intuitive wisdom concerning story Storymaking as an iceberg metaphor Problems with new writers' stories Ways into story The interactive reading of story Way 1 - Read for plot Way 2 - Read for emotion Way 3 - Read for character & character development Way 4 - Read for mind-pictures Role-play your characters Four direct benefits of role-playing your characters Something to visualise Way into character Chapter 14 - Story Writing - Way 2 Action Images as fiction's source What is an Action Image Action Images and imagework Action Images and writers Inner imagery as universal currency Why it's important to know the power of deep imagery work Action Images Reading, interpreting and using Action Images in fiction. Fifty Action Images Something to visualise Ways into Action Images Chapter 15 - The Art of Creative Technique Fictional development using Action Images Following your intuition Creating a storyline from your own Action Images Bigging up working titles Example of four Action Images producing a storyline Rough storyline of 'Flying Flowers' Overview on storyline of 'Flying Flowers'. Analysis and Interrogation Different levels of questions Closed ended questions Questions that remain questions for a while Questions expansive of story A worked example of expansive questions applied to the storyline of 'Flying Flowers' What is this story about? Ways into creative technique Chapter 16 - Informative overviews and ongoing learning Right Brain qualities imaged The nation of images The larger picture Metaphor's larger picture Images for this book Journey - experiential metaphor for this book Further ways into Image Chapter 17 - Re-imaging A writer's evolution Reframing at the Right Brain level A re-classification of artwork and its importance for writers The ideal creative relationship Chapter 18 - Re-imaging 2 Decoding personal symbology longterm Doodling as a primer in Imagespeak Student speak in decoding personal symbology Re-imaging self generated images

About the Author

Ann Palmer is a recognised 'name' in the world of creative writing teaching. She has led workshops on creativity and writing in a number of areas in the UK, in particular at Swanwick and in Scotland.

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