Making Shapely Fiction

Author: Jerome Stern

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393077691

Category: Reference

Page: 288

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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.
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Motivating Teens to Read

Author: Lucy Schall

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781563089824

Category: Education

Page: 277

View: 1081

Inspire teenagers to read quality literature and help them explore issues relevant to their lives. This outstanding book offers motivational, ready-to-use booktalks for more than 100 of the best new reads for teenagers, guaranteed to pique teen interest. With a focus on recently published fiction and nonfiction titles in a wide variety of genres and themes, these dynamic booktalks center around issues, problems, and challenges that young adults are facing.
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Writing Fiction, Tenth Edition

A Guide to Narrative Craft

Author: Janet Burroway,Elizabeth Stuckey-French,Ned Stuckey-French

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022661672X

Category: Reference

Page: 240

View: 7608

More than 250,000 copies sold! A creative writer’s shelf should hold at least three essential books: a dictionary, a style guide, and Writing Fiction. Janet Burroway’s best-selling classic is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and for more than three decades it has helped hundreds of thousands of students learn the craft. Now in its tenth edition, Writing Fiction is more accessible than ever for writers of all levels—inside or outside the classroom. This new edition continues to provide advice that is practical, comprehensive, and flexible. Burroway’s tone is personal and nonprescriptive, welcoming learning writers into the community of practiced storytellers. Moving from freewriting to final revision, the book addresses “showing not telling,” characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, plot, imagery, and point of view. It includes new topics and writing prompts, and each chapter now ends with a list of recommended readings that exemplify the craft elements discussed, allowing for further study. And the examples and quotations throughout the book feature a wide and diverse range of today’s best and best-known creators of both novels and short stories. This book is a master class in creative writing that also calls on us to renew our love of storytelling and celebrate the skill of writing well. There is a very good chance that one of your favorite authors learned the craft with Writing Fiction. And who knows what future favorite will get her start reading this edition?
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Building Fiction

How to Develop Plot and Structure

Author: Jesse Lee Kercheval

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299187248

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

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No one looks at structure like Jesse Lee Kercheval. She builds a work of fiction just as an architect would design a house—with an eye for details and how all parts of a story or novel interconnect. Even with the most dynamic language, images, and characters, no piece of fiction will work without a strong infrastructure. Kercheval shows how to build that structure using such tools as point of view, characterization, pacing, and flashbacks.Building Fiction will help you envision the landscape of your fiction and build great stories there.
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Writing the Short Film

Author: Patricia Cooper,Ken Dancyger

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 113604857X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

View: 9446

The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization, to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short (approximately half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, new examples of short screenplays, and an examination of various genres round out the discussion. NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION: new screenplays, a chapter on rewriting your script, and a chapter on the future of short films
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Preaching That Connects

Using Techniques of Journalists to Add Impact

Author: Mark Galli

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310832845

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Master the craft of effective communication that grabs attention and wins hearts.Like everyone else, preachers long to be understood. Unfortunately, the rules first learned in seminary, if misapplied, can quickly turn homiletic precision into listener boredom.To capture heart and mind, Mark Galli and Craig Larsen suggest preachers turn to the lessons of journalism. In Preaching That Connects, they show how the same keys used to create effective, captivating communication in the media can transform a sermon.Amply illustrated from some of today’s best preachers, Preaching That Connects walks through the entire sermon, from the critical introduction to the bridge to illustrations and final application. Key points include the five techniques for generating creative ideas, your six options for illustrations, and the ten rules for great storytelling—and why the transition sentence is the hardest sentence you’ll write.Preaching That Connects is for all who seek to hone their craft to communicate the truth of the gospel effectively.
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Deepening Fiction

A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers

Author: Sarah Stone,Ron Nyren

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321195371

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 431

View: 9753

A section on the writing life includes candid discussions of writer's block, talent, habit, rejection, publication, and endurance to help aspiring professionals develop sustainable lives as writers."--Jacket.
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Writing a Book That Makes a Difference

Author: Philip Gerard

Publisher: Story Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 3147

This book show how by distilling out the elusive ingredients that make a work memorable, one that changes lives.
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Writing Fiction

A Guide to Narrative Craft

Author: Janet Burroway,Susan Weinberg

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321117953

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 431

View: 6850

The most widely used and respected book on writing fiction, Writing Fiction guides the writer from first inspiration to final revision. Supported by an abundance exercises, this guide/anthology explores and integrates the elements of fiction while offering practical techniques and concrete examples. A focus on the writing process in its entirety provides a comprehensive guide to writing fiction, approaching distinct elements in separate chapters while building on what has been covered earlier. Topics include free-writing to revision, plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view. An anthology of diverse and contemporary short stories followed by suggestions for discussion and writing exercises, illustrates concepts while offering variety in pacing and exposure to this increasingly popular form. The book also discusses key issues including writing workshops, using autobiography as a basis for fiction, using action in stories, using dialogue, and maintaining point of view. The sixth edition also features more short short stories than any previous edition and includes quotation boxes that offer advice and inspirational words from established writers on a wide range of topics--such as writing from experience, story structure, openings and endings, and revision. For those interested in developing their creative writing skills.
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Keywords in Creative Writing

Author: Wendy Bishop,David Starkey

Publisher: Utah State University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 235

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Wendy Bishop and David Starkey have created a remarkable resource volume for creative writing students and other writers just getting started. In two- to ten-page discussions, these authors introduce forty-one central concepts in the fields of creative writing and writing instruction, with discussions that are accessible yet grounded in scholarship and years of experience. Keywords in Creative Writing provides a brief but comprehensive introduction to the field of creative writing through its landmark terms, exploring concerns as abstract as postmodernism and identity politics alongside very practical interests of beginning writers, like contests, agents, and royalties. This approach makes the book ideal for the college classroom as well as the writer’s bookshelf, and unique in the field, combining the pragmatic accessibility of popular writer’s handbooks, with a wider, more scholarly vision of theory and research.
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Where the Stories Come from

Beginning to Write Fiction

Author: Sibyl Johnston

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321078995

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 517

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Where the Stories Come From defines basic terms in creative writing and explains the fundamentals of character, plot, point of view, verb tense, narrative structure, setting, dialogue, subtext, and theme. Thinking Things Through: Ask Yourself, Ask Readers, Try This, Exploration, and Exercises: Located at the end of every chapter, this section applies and explores chapter material by suggesting questions for self and peer evaluation and suggests activities and exercises related to the chapter topic. Devoted specifically to the writing process, Chapters One, Two, and Ten guide readers through each phase of writing. Chapter Eleven discusses how to elicit a helpful reading. An Anthology of Professional and Student Fiction contains every story quoted from in the text. Includes very simple definitions of fundamental terms used in creative writing courses. Use of quotations marks, end punctuation, attribution, and paragraphing is explained and illustrated simply and thoroughly. Appendix: Surviving on Your Own, particularly useful for individual writers and writers' groups, offers ideas about writing outside the formal educational system. For anyone interested in writing fiction.
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Writing on the Edge

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English language

Page: N.A

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Imaginative Writing

The Elements of Craft

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Longman Pub Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 394

View: 8338

Janet Burroway's bestselling Imaginative Writng:#xA0; The Elements of Craftexplores the craft of creative writing in four genres:#xA0; Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction.#xA0; A trade author as well as a professor of creative writing, Burroway brings her years of teaching and writing to this book.#xA0; "Try-This" exercises appear throughout each chapter. Provocative and fun, these exercises help#xA0;writers develop the specific writing skills discussed within the text.#xA0; #x1C;Working toward a draft#x1D; exercises encourage#xA0;writers to develop their ideas into complete drafts.#xA0; In response to reviewer requests, the preface #x1C;Invitation to the Writer#x1D; has been expanded into a full chapter. This new chapter introduces writers to important skills such as reading like a writer, journaling, and participating in the writer#x19;s workshop.#xA0; This book offers lots of ideas and encouragement at a great price! #xA0; #xA0;
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Inside religious publishing

a look behind the scenes

Author: Leonard George Goss,Don M. Aycock

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 444

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Many people want to know more about religious publishing and become a part of it. This work surveys the field in general ways and emphasizes the actual doing in terms of the writing, editing, marketing, advertising, and selling of religious materials. More than 30 essays by well-know people in the field.
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Colors of a different horse

rethinking creative writing theory and pedagogy

Author: Wendy Bishop,Hans A. Ostrom

Publisher: Natl Council of Teachers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 328

View: 8308

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Released into language

options for teaching creative writing

Author: Wendy Bishop

Publisher: Natl Council of Teachers

ISBN: 9780814139882

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 233

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Dragons of Fantasy

Author: Anne C. Petty

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781593600105

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 311

View: 9438

Are you a dragon lover? One of those people like J.R.R. Tolkien who have always desired dragons of one sort or another? If your answer is yes, then get in line with devoted dragon fans like author Anne Petty, who has been reading and thinking about dragons for years, especially as they appear in fantasy fiction. Petty asks, "What is a dragon? What does it look like, and how does it behave? What image pops into your mind when you read the word dragon?" You are invited on a quest for dragons of fantasy literature, for an in-depth look at the scaly characters on the page and the skilled writers who created them. A longtime dragon admirer, Tolkien scholar Petty takes readers on an adventurous ride over the hills and far away into realms populated by the likes of Smaug, Ramoth, Norbert, and Orm Embar, just to name a few. Authors under discussion include J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Terry Pratchett, Ursula Le Guin, Jane Yolen, Terry Goodkind and J.K. Rowling. there's also an in-depth background section on the history of dragons in myth and literature, plus an extensive bibliography. Happy dragon hunting! - Back cover.
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Poets & Writers

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Authors, American

Page: N.A

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