Beyond Is: Creative Writing with English Prime

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Frazer, Brentley
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2016
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A brief history of a prescriptive English language discipline known as English Prime (E-Prime), a method of writing without use of the copula (the verb to be). Writing in E-Prime requires the author to expose the agent of a sentence and therefore lends itself favourably to other techniques of mimetic storytelling. An examination of my experiments using this constraint for creative writing demonstrates that utilising E-Prime enhances vernacular authenticity, improves clarity, readability and the quality of immersion in a text. The E-Prime constraint offers access to dynamics of language ordinarily subliminal.

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20

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Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)

Performing Arts and Creative Writing

E-Prime

Creative writing

Creative nonfiction

Literary innovation and experimentation

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