• Language Arts & Disciplines

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
View: 6259
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.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Method and Madness

The Making of a Story
Author: Alice LaPlante
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393928174
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 619
View: 683
A fresh, inspiring guide to writing fiction.

    • Reference

Gotham Writers' Workshop: Writing Fiction

The Practical Guide From New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School
Author: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781596917910
Category: Reference
Page: 304
View: 4282
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.

    • Reference

Making Shapely Fiction

Author: Jerome Stern
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393077691
Category: Reference
Page: 288
View: 8761
A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction—what makes it work and what can make it fail. Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page—whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy. "Tension," Stern says, "is the mother of fiction. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins." Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of "write what you know," and a memorable listing of don'ts for fiction writers are all covered. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, with enlightening comments about such matters as Cliffhangers, Point of View, Irony, and Transitions.

    • Fiction

Gotham Writers' Workshop Fiction Gallery

Author: Alex Steele,Thom Didato
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1582344620
Category: Fiction
Page: 356
View: 9470
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.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

The Writer's Portable Mentor

A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Second Edition
Author: Priscilla Long
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 0826360068
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 328
View: 9671
Designed to mentor writers at all levels, from beginning to quite advanced, The Writer’s Portable Mentor offers a wealth of insight and crafting models from the author’s twenty-plus years of teaching and creative thought. The book provides tools for structuring a book, story, or essay. It trains writers in observation and in developing a poet’s ear for sound in prose. It scrutinizes the sentence strategies of the masters and offers advice on how to publish. This second edition is updated to account for changes in the publishing industry and provides hundreds of new craft models to inspire, guide, and develop every writer’s work.

    • Literary Criticism

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

Author: Michael Gorra
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0871403285
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 416
View: 1773
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.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

The Low-Residency MFA Handbook

A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students
Author: Lori A. May
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 144119844X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 238
View: 1079
Provides aspiring Creative Writing graduate students with all the information they need on which low-residency program is best suited to them.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Turning Life Into Fiction

Author: Robin Hemley
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1555974449
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 327
View: 4798
A highly entertaining and indispensable manual on how to write good fiction If you want to write at all, whether from real life or not, you must be willing and able to use your imagination. That means you must be willing to take risks and sometimes look the fool. You must be willing to transform experience, not simply record it. If you were a good liar, daydreamer, or troublemaker as a child, you'll probably make a good fiction writer. Daydreams, lies, and trouble. That's the stuff of fiction. In Turning Life into Fiction, Robin Hemley offers a highly entertaining and in-depth manual--with writing exercises on how to convert real life into good storytelling. He covers a wide range of subjects, including how to record and generate ideas from daily life and how to write effectively using true anecdotes, real places, and real people. A self-proclaimed liar and thief, Hemley also addresses the legal and ethical concerns of "borrowing" experience from the lives of strangers and loved ones. Lively, informative, and inspirational, Turning Life into Fiction is an invaluable text for any fiction writer. First published in 1994, this new edition is updated and expanded to include nearly a dozen short stories that Hemley refers to throughout the book.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

On Writing Short Stories

Author: Tom Bailey
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 9780195395655
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 456
View: 8443
On Writing Short Stories, Second Edition, explores the art and craft of writing short fiction by bringing together nine original essays by professional writers and thirty-three examples of short fiction. The first section features original essays by well-known authors--including Francine Prose, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andre Dubus--that guide students through the process of writing. Focusing on the characteristics and craft of the short story and its writer, these essays take students from the workshopping process all the way through to the experience of working with agents and publishers. The second part of the text is an anthology of stories--many referred to in the essays--that give students dynamic examples of technique brought to life.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction

Author: John Dufresne
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393078353
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 320
View: 4448
"This is the most practical, hard-nosed, generous, direct, and useful guide to writing fiction."—Brad Watson Finally, a truly creative—and hilarious—guide to creative writing, full of encouragement and sound advice. Provocative and reassuring, nurturing and wise, The Lie That Tells a Truth is essential to writers in general, fiction writers in particular, beginning writers, serious writers, and anyone facing a blank page. John Dufresne, teacher and the acclaimed author of Love Warps the Mind a Little and Deep in the Shade of Paradise, demystifies the writing process. Drawing upon the wisdom of literature's great craftsmen, Dufresne's lucid essays and diverse exercises initiate the reader into the tools, processes, and techniques of writing: inventing compelling characters, developing a voice, creating a sense of place, editing your own words. Where do great ideas come from? How do we recognize them? How can language capture them? In his signature comic voice, Dufresne answers these questions and more in chapters such as "Writing Around the Block," "Plottery," and "The Art of Abbreviation." Dufresne demystifies the writing process, showing that while the idea of writing may be overwhelming, the act of writing is simplicity itself.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs

Author: Beth Ann Fennelly
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393609480
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 128
View: 4570
"Morning: bought a bag of frozen peas to numb my husband’s sore testicles after his vasectomy. Evening: added thawed peas to our carbonara." —from Heating & Cooling, "Married Love, IV" The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.

    • Literary Criticism

Writing Poetry

Creative and Critical Approaches
Author: Chad Davidson,Gregory Fraser
Publisher: Palgrave
ISBN: 9780230008120
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
View: 2825
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.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

The Norton Pocket Book of Writing by Students

Author: Melissa A. Goldthwaite
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393932300
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 340
View: 1164
A Norton anthology of student writing.

    • Literary Collections

Short Takes

Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction
Author: Judith Kitchen
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393326000
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 399
View: 3234
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.

    • Fiction

A Circle of Wives

A Novel
Author: Alice LaPlante
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802192742
Category: Fiction
Page: 325
View: 9002
From the New York Times–bestselling author of Half Moon Bay. “Marriage is as mysterious as murder in LaPlante’s captivating psychological thriller” (People). An Indie Next Pick A LibraryReads Selection An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Mysteries & Thrillers) A Daily Candy Best Book of March One of More magazine’s “Five Thrillers Not to Read After Dark” When Dr. John Taylor turns up dead in a hotel room, the local police uncover enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers petty crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile case that is more complicated than any she has faced before. A renowned reconstructive surgeon and a respected family man, Dr. Taylor was beloved and admired. But beneath his perfect façade was a hidden life—in fact, multiple lives. Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. As the circumstances surrounding his death emerge, Detective Adams finds herself tracking down a murderer through a tangled web of marital deception and revenge. New York Times–bestselling author Alice LaPlante’s haunting and complex novel of family secrets dissects—with scalpel-like agility—the intricacies of desire and commitment, trust and jealousy. “Exhilarating and smart, A Circle of Wives is a wild ride of love, loss, marriage and murder, with a finale that’s provocative, thrilling and grand. It all shows that while some deaths are a mystery, so, too, are some loves.” —San Francisco Chronicle


Light the Dark

Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process
Author: Joe Fassler
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143130846
Page: 352
View: 504
What inspires you? That's the simple, but profound question posed to 46 renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK, each one revealing what gets them started and what keeps them going with the creative work they love. Collects the best of The Atlantic's much-acclaimed 'By Heart' series and adds brand new pieces from writers like Marilynne Robinson and Junot Diaz. Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Roxane Gay, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Gaitskill, Nell Zink, Michael Chabon and many more.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

The Anatomy of Narrative

Analyzing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Author: Deborah L. Hall
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781465202482
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 222
View: 3151
The Anatomy of Narrative: Analyzing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

    • Reference

The Portable MFA in Creative Writing

Author: New York Writers Workshop
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582973500
Category: Reference
Page: 280
View: 8100
Get the core knowledge of a prestigious MFA education without the tuition. Have you always wanted to get an MFA, but couldn't because of the cost, time commitment, or admission requirements? Well now you can fulfill that dream without having to devote tons of money or time. The Portable MFA gives you all of the essential information you would learn in the MFA program in one book. Covering fiction, memoirs, personal essays, magazine articles, poetry, and playwriting, this book provides you with: Inspiration and tips on revision, stamina, and productivity Clear instruction on the craft behind the art Detailed reading lists to expand your literary horizons Exercises to improve your writing endeavors By heeding the advice in The Portable MFA, you will gain the wisdom and experience of some of today's greatest teachers, all for just the price of a book.

    • Reference

The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead

Bring Your Writing Back to Life
Author: David a. Rasch Ph. D.
Publisher: Park Place Publications
ISBN: 9781935530329
Category: Reference
Page: 134
View: 5052
The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead is a guide for those who want to improve their ability to initiate and sustain writing in their daily lives. Writing difficulties are vexing problems that resist change and interfere with professional, creative and personal fulfillment. This book offers solutions to a number of common productivity problems including procrastination, perfectionism, anxiety, fear of criticism, poor time management, imposter feelings and binge writing at deadlines. Written by a psychologist from Stanford University with two decades of experience assisting writers, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead provides an understandable and practical approach for overcoming writing productivity problems applicable to writers of all types. Dr. Rasch's thorough knowledge of the writing process, his compassionate understanding of the struggles writers experience, and his sense of humor combine to make this book a unique and valuable contribution to the understanding and successful resolution of writing blocks.