Writing for Animals: New perspectives for writers and instructors to educate and inspire


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A unique anthology of articles and essays to inspire animal-themed creative writing

Despite all we know about the sentience of animals, society tends to view and treat nonhuman animals as lesser creatures. And for society to change its views, writers must change their views. We must look closely at how we depict animals and ask ourselves difficult questions. For example, are we using animals for our writing in a way that is authentic and fair? Or are we using them for our own purposes, leading to further misconceptions and abuses?

As our awareness awakens about animals’ intelligence, sensitivity, and social and emotional lives, literature is beginning to reflect this change in awareness. Yet little has been written about the process of writing about animals, from crafting point of view to giving animals realistic voices.

Writers face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. In this book, writers will find myriad voices to assist them in writing about animals, from tips about craft to understanding the responsibility of writing about animals.


Articles & Contributors

Do We Have the Right to Write About Animals?Joanna Lilley
Animals that Work in StoriesLisa Johnson
A Case for More Reality in Writing for AnimalsRosemary Lombard
Meeting the Wild Things Where They AreKipp Wessel
Rewilding Literature: Catalyzing Compassion for Wild Predators through Creative NonfictionPaula MacKay
Rabies Bites: How Stephen King Made a Dog a Compelling Main CharacterHannah Sandoval
Real Advocacy within Fantasy WorldsBeth Lyons
Writing Animals Where You AreHunter Liguore
Other NationsMarybeth Holleman
Giving Animals a Voice: Letters from an Ashland DeerJohn Yunker
No One Mourns an Unnamed Animal: Why Naming Animals Might Help Save ThemMidge Raymond
Are You Willing?Sangamithra Iyer
With a Hope to Change Things: An Exploration of the Craft of Writing about Animals with the Founders of Zoomorphic MagazineAlex Lockwood