The Making of a Story

Author: Alice LaPlante
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393337082
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An introduction to the fundamentals of creative writing, both fiction and nonfiction, takes aspiring writers through each stage of the creative process, from initial idea to final manuscript, accompanied by examples of short fiction and essays.

Method and Madness

Author: Alice LaPlante
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393928174
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A fresh, inspiring guide to writing fiction.

Gotham Writers Workshop Writing Fiction

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781596917910
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Gotham Writers' Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. Now the techniques of this renowned school are available in this book. Here you'll find: - The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely - Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction - The complete text of "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver-a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book - Exercises that let you immediately apply what you learn to your own writing Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Fiction offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim. Once you've read-and written-your way through this book, you'll have a command of craft that will enable you to turn your ideas into effective short stories and novels. You will be a writer.

Gotham Writers Workshop Fiction Gallery

Author: Alex Steele
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1582344620
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A collection of short fiction selected by members of New York's acclaimed creative writing school presents works that range from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," to "A Romantic Weekend by Mary Gaitskill, to Tobias Wolff's "Bullet in the Brain," reflecting a rich variety of themes, perspectives, and plot and character development. Original. 15,000 first printing.

The Granta Book of the American Short Story

Author: Richard Ford
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781862071094
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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From the author of "Independence Day", Richard Ford edits and introduces this anthology for "Granta" which has become the most cited and authoritative collection of short stories on both sides of the Atlantic. Ford in his introduction discusses, among other things, the comment of Frank O'Connor that the short-story is handled so cleverly by Americans that it is our national art form.

Leap Write In

Author: Karen Benke
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1611800153
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"Writing is inspired by life, and life can be understood through writing. Get your writing to flow off the page by exploring the inner treasures of your life. This book presents an inward-bound adventure—a way to shake things up from the inside and unleash what you most need and want to say. Leap Write In!is a passport to the wild country of your expanding heart and widening imagination. Stamped on these pages are the exercises, ideas, and prompts that will help you to explore all the wacky, confusing, brave, soul-stirring wonderings and wanderings of your life in a way that will unleash your writing. The ideas, experiments, exercises, and lessons include- amp; • ON-THE-SPOT DROPS that offer quick "free-fall" prompts on different themes, such as short-winded poems and seven-line stories amp; • SURPRISE-YOURSELF SURVEYS for those who think they know everything about themselves amp; • STORY STANZAS that explore feelings and states of being like Fear, Compassion, Kindness, Anxiety, Anger, Jealousy, Happiness, and so on

Writing Poetry

Author: Chad Davidson
Publisher: Palgrave
ISBN: 9780230008120
Format: PDF
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Writing Poetry combines an accessible introduction to the essential elements of the craft, with a critical awareness of its underpinnings. The authors argue that separating the making of poems from critical thinking about them is a false divide and encourage students to become accomplished critics and active readers of poetic texts.

Portrait of a Novel Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece

Author: Michael Gorra
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0871403285
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A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest novel. Henry James (1843–1916) has had many biographers, but Michael Gorra has taken an original approach to this great American progenitor of the modern novel, combining elements of biography, criticism, and travelogue in re-creating the dramatic backstory of James’s masterpiece, Portrait of a Lady (1881). Gorra, an eminent literary critic, shows how this novel—the scandalous story of the expatriate American heiress Isabel Archer—came to be written in the first place. Traveling to Florence, Rome, Paris, and England, Gorra sheds new light on James’s family, the European literary circles—George Eliot, Flaubert, Turgenev—in which James made his name, and the psychological forces that enabled him to create this most memorable of female protagonists. Appealing to readers of Menand’s The Metaphysical Club and McCullough’s The Greater Journey, Portrait of a Novel provides a brilliant account of the greatest American novel of expatriate life ever written. It becomes a piercing detective story on its own.

Short Takes

Author: Judith Kitchen
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393326000
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The co-editor of In Short and In Brief presents short writings by seventy-five authors whose styles demonstrate the myriad ways that people tell the truth, in a collection that includes pieces by such individuals as David Sedaris, Dorothy Allison, and Salman Rushdie. Original. 17,000 first printing.

The Creative Compass

Author: Dan Millman
Publisher: H J Kramer
ISBN: 1932073655
Format: PDF, Docs
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A guide should give clear directions and then get out of your way. In this unique collaboration, bestselling author Dan Millman and his daughter Sierra Prasada help to orient you as you advance through five universal stages of creativity: Dream, Draft, Develop, Refine, and Share. Whether you’re seeking new goals, the discipline to reach them, a shield against self-doubt and inertia, or practical advice on sorting through feedback and connecting with readers — you’ll find a way forward in this fresh approach to writing and storytelling. Drawing on the coauthors’ personal stories about overcoming challenges, as well as sage advice from other writers, artists, and innovators, The Creative Compass will transform both the stories you tell and the stories you live.