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A Fiction Writer's Guide to Peace: Crafting Non-Violent Heroism

Gabriel Ertsgaard

With superhero violence and graphic action sequences prevalent on the screen and on the page, this book takes an alternative route to the mainstream, offering practical guidance, frameworks and tools for incorporating the principles of peace-building and non-violence into compelling fiction. Definitely the path less travelled but just as vital in divisive times, Gabriel Ertsgaard shows writers how they can enact non-violent heroism in their characters, model civil resistance in their stories and create worlds around a mythos that champions redemptive nonviolence. With concepts applicable to writing for fiction, drama, the screen and poetry, Writing for Peace deconstructs the necessity for violence in popular works, explores key concepts in peace studies and helps writers establish their own peace poetics. Focused around the craft narrative techniques of character arcs, campaigns, duels, and worldbuilding, the book features creative writing prompts after each chapter and examples from key works such as the films Trading Places, Selma, Lago, Raho Munna Bai and Frozen and literature from A Christmas Carol to Asphalt Jungle and Julia Quinn's Bridgerton novels.

A timely and important expansion to any writer's toolkit, Writing for Peace allows storytellers to understand the complex dynamics of, and the damage caused by, violent perspectives and actions, giving them a way into considering non-violence as powerful and preferable.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: May 29th, 2025
  • Pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.43in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781350473942
  • Categories: Writing - Fiction WritingPeace

About the Author

Ertsgaard, Gabriel: - Gabriel Ertsgaard is Adjunct English Lecturer, Kean University, USA and is Interviews Editor for The Peace Chronicle and the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) magazine and Copy Editor for the poetry journal Drifting Sands. An experienced English lecturer, he earned his Doctor of Letters (concentration in Global Studies) from Drew University, USA. His publications span poetry, fiction, and criticism.