216 pp, 1999 (4th edition, 2013)
How do writers write? What do they do to warm up? When they have no ideas, do they write at all? The Portable Creative Writing Workshop is Pat Boran’s handbook for creative writers, first published in 1999 and now updated for this new edition published by Dedalus Press in late 2013. Guiding the reader through a series of exercises and games, Boran gives practical advice on the nuts and bolts of writing poetry and short fiction, and enlists a wide range of other poets and writers, Irish and international, historical and contemporary, to offer their own advice and tips.