The Making of a Story

A Norton Guide to Creative Writing

Author: Alice LaPlante

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393337082

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 677

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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

The Making of a Story

Author: Alice LaPlante

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393928174

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 619

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A fresh, inspiring guide to writing fiction.

Foundations of Fiction

Author: Judith Simpson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595197914

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 199

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So, you want to write a novel? Your character is demanding to be let out of your head and be put down on paper! How do you write a story that sells? Writing good fiction is more than having a great story in your head. It is creating characters that live and breathe and plots that grip the reader. It is creating a setting that is real to your readers, dialogue that sparkles, and pacing that drives the story forward. It is action scenes that put the reader, sweaty palmed, in the middle of it all, and love scenes that melt the reader’s heart. You need to learn the art of crafting a story. How do you get your story published? Foundations of Fiction takes you step by step through the process of finding an agent or publisher, and creating a compelling synopsis. All writers serve an apprenticeship as they learn their craft, but learning by trial and error is frustrating and tedious. Foundations of Fiction covers all of the nitty-gritty techniques of fiction writing. This how-to book, written by an author who has been there and done that, is your foremost source for creating a story that sells!

FLASH!: Writing the Very Short Story

Author: John Dufresne

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393352366

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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An engaging and frank guide to writing the very short story, full of sound advice, exemplary models, and provocative exercises. The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story. But now a brave new genre has emerged: very brief fiction. FLASH! identifies the qualities that make for excellent flash fiction, demystifies the writing process, and guides writers by exercise and example through the world of the very short story. John Dufresne’s characteristic warmth, wit, and humor remind writers of the joy in the creative process, making this a perfect guide for any writer interested in trying a new form.

Shimmering Images

A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir

Author: Lisa Dale Norton

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429953078

Category: Reference

Page: 144

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Rich, funny, and moving personal narratives depend on a few key moments in time to anchor the story and give it impact. Shimmering Images teaches the aspiring memoirist how to locate key memories using Lisa's technique for finding, linking, and fleshing out those vibrant recollections of important moments and situations. Shimmering Images will address: *the difference between memoir and autobiography *how to claim your voice *the art of storytelling *honesty, truth, and compassion in writing *authentic dialogue and the need for specificity Readers will learn how to craft a short piece of narrative nonfiction grounded in their core memories and master a technique they can use over and over again for writing other narratives. A must-have book for anyone who has treasured Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott or Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing

Author: David Morley,Philip Neilsen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521768497

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 222

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A lively, practical guide to creative writing as discipline and craft, ideal for students and teachers.

Literary Genius

25 Classic Writers who Define English & American Literature

Author: Joseph Epstein

Publisher: Paul Dry Books

ISBN: 1589880358

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 246

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Profiles of 25 great writers whose works help us see the world in new ways.

The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing

Author: David Morley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139463756

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This pioneering book introduces students to the practice and art of creative writing and creative reading. It offers a fresh, distinctive and beautifully written synthesis of the discipline. David Morley discusses where creative writing comes from, the various forms and camouflages it has taken, and why we teach and learn the arts of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. He looks at creative writing in performance; as public art, as visual art, as e-literature and as an act of community. As a leading poet, critic and award-winning teacher of the subject, Morley finds new engagements for creative writing in the creative academy and within science. Accessible, entertaining and groundbreaking, The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing is not only a useful textbook for students and teachers of writing, but also an inspiring read in its own right. Aspiring authors and teachers of writing will find much to discover and enjoy.

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

Author: William L. Andrews,Frances Smith Foster,Trudier Harris

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198031758

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 512

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A breathtaking achievement, this Concise Companion is a suitable crown to the astonishing production in African American literature and criticism that has swept over American literary studies in the last two decades. It offers an enormous range of writers-from Sojourner Truth to Frederick Douglass, from Zora Neale Hurston to Ralph Ellison, and from Toni Morrison to August Wilson. It contains entries on major works (including synopses of novels), such as Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Richard Wright's Native Son, and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. It also incorporates information on literary characters such as Bigger Thomas, Coffin Ed Johnson, Kunta Kinte, Sula Peace, as well as on character types such as Aunt Jemima, Brer Rabbit, John Henry, Stackolee, and the trickster. Icons of black culture are addressed, including vivid details about the lives of Muhammad Ali, John Coltrane, Marcus Garvey, Jackie Robinson, John Brown, and Harriet Tubman. Here, too, are general articles on poetry, fiction, and drama; on autobiography, slave narratives, Sunday School literature, and oratory; as well as on a wide spectrum of related topics. Compact yet thorough, this handy volume gathers works from a vast array of sources--from the black periodical press to women's clubs--making it one of the most substantial guides available on the growing, exciting world of African American literature.

Waltzing the Cat

Author: Pam Houston

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393075044

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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“Fat with meaning . . . tastes oh so sinfully good.” —Washington Post Book World Ever since the publication of Cowboys Are My Weakness, Pam Houston's fans have clamored for more from the woman with a penchant for the laconic men of the West. Now, in eleven linked fictions featuring a peripatetic photographer named Lucy O'Rourke, Houston serves up once more her charismatic blend of relationships and adventure. This is the story of one woman's struggle for balance in a world that keeps pitching and rolling under her feet. Dislocated geographically and spiritually, Lucy is prone to the wrong decisions at all the critical times; what's more, natural disasters just seem to find her: an accident on a rafting trip in Cataract Canyon, a grand cayman attack in the Amazon, a hurricane in the Gulf Stream-not to mention a few natural disasters in the form of men. A surprise encounter with Carlos Castenada convinces her that she isn't living the right life, and his cryptic message sends her back to her beloved Rocky Mountains. There, on a ranch, she takes comfort in animals, the jagged landscape of Colorado, and the sage advice of women friends; she even gives a man a try. Most important, for the first time she reconnects with parts of herself she didn't remember losing. "Pam Houston taps into our souls," one reader has said. "She could write my diary better than I can."