ISBN13:978-0205750351 ISBN10: 0205750354 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0205750368 ISBN10: 0205750362
Summary: Janet Burroway's bestselling Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft explores the craft of creative writing in four genres: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction. A trade author as well as a professor of creative writing, Burroway brings her years of teaching and writing to this book. ''Try-This'' exercises appear throughout each chapter. Provocative and fun, these exercises help writers develop the specific writing skills discussed within the text. ''Working toward a draft'' exerci
ses encourage writers to develop their ideas into complete drafts. In response to reviewer requests, the preface ''Invitation to the Writer'' 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's workshop. This book offers lots of ideas and encouragement at a great price!
Summary: Janet Burroway's bestselling Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft explores the craft of creative writing in four genres: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction. A trade author as well as a professor of creative writing, Burroway brings her years of teaching and writing to this book. ''Try-This'' exercises appear throughout each chapter. Provocative and fun, these exercises help writers develop the specific writing skills discussed within the text. ''Working toward a draft'' exercises encourage writers to develop their ideas into complete drafts. In response to reviewer requests, the preface ''Invitation to the Writer'' 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's workshop. This book offers lots of ideas and encouragement at a great price! ...show less
Edition/Copyright:3RD 11 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Longman, Inc. Published: 01/18/2010 International: No
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JANET BURROWAY is the author of plays, poetry, essays, children's books, and eight novels including The Buzzards, Raw Silk (runner up for the National Book Award), Opening Nights, Cutting Stone, and Bridge of Sand. Her publications include a collection of personal essays, ''Embalming Mom,'' in addition to a volume of poetry, Material Goods, and two children's books in verse, The Truck on the Track and The Giant Jam Sandwich. Her most recent plays, Medea with Child (The Reva Shiner Award), Sweepstakes, Division of Property (Arts & Letters Award), and Parts of Speech, have received readings and productions in NewYork, London, San Francisco, Hollywood, Chicago, and various regional theatres. Her textbook Writing Fiction, now in its eighth edition, is the most widely used creative writing text in the United States. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Florida State University in Tallahassee.
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Table of Contents Preface to the Instructor xv Invitation to the Writer xx You ... xx ... and writing ... xxi ... and reading ... xxii ... and this book ... xxii ... and your journal ... xxiii ... and your workshop xxvi Part I The Elements of Craft Chapter 1 Image 2 Image and Imagination 3 Concrete, Significant Details 7 Metaphor and Simile 11 Essays 14 "The Giant Water Bug" 14 From A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius 15 Fiction 19 "Sister Godzilla" 19 "Car Crash While Hitchhiking" 26 Poems "The Hawk in the Rain" 31 "The Haunted Ruin" 32 "Facing It" 33 "The Surface" 34 "How to Use This Body" 35 "Why Regret?" 36 Drama 37 Act Without Words 37 The Drummer 40 Chapter 2 Voice 42 Your Voice 44 Persona 45 Character Voice 47 Point of View 49 Essays 55 From Angela's Ashes 55 "Invitation to a Transformation" 63 Fiction 64 "In the Kindergarten" 64 "The School" 72 Poems 74 "Order in the Streets" 74 "Black Hair" 75 "Hawk Roosting" 76 "Kong Looks Back on His Tryout with the Bears" 77 "Father" 78 "A Mown Lawn" 79 "The Language of Bees" 80 Drama 82 from Talking With ... Handler and French Fries 82 Chapter 3 Character 86 As Desire 87 As Image 89 As Voice 91 As Action 94 As Thought 96 As Presented by the Author 97 As Conflict 98 Essay 99 "The Inheritance of Tools" 99 Fiction 106 "Ysrael" Poems 115 "I Knew a Woman" 115 "Stonecarver" 116 "My Brother's Work" 116 "Old man Hansen comes in at ten to" 117 "One Flesh" 118 "Old Men Playing Basketball" 118 "Portrait of a Writer" 119 Drama 121 Brother 121 Chapter 4 Setting 128 As the World 130 As a Camera 133 As Mood and Symbol 136 As Action 137 Essays 139 "At the Dam" 139 "Landscape and Narrative" 141 Fiction 147 "Snow" 147 Poems 156 "Deer Ghost" 156 "Earthmoving Malediction" 157 "Vacation" 158 "Nude Interrogation" 158 "Advice From the Extractor" 159 Drama 161 Dutchman 161 Chapter 5 Story 178 As a Journey 179 As a Power Struggle 181 As Connection/Disconnection 183 Essay 190 "Red Sky in the Morning" 190 Fiction 194 "Missing" 194 "Worry" 201 Poems 202 "A Story About the Body" 202 "Digging for China" 202 "Short Story" 203 "Woodchucks" 204 "The Hammock" 205 "Vita Nova" 206 Drama 208 The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry 208 Chapter 6 Development and Revision 216 Developing a Draft 218 Revision and Editing 222 The Workshop 226 Examples 229 First and final drafts of "One Art" 229 "The Opening of Time Lapse: a revision narrative" 231 Developing Scene 237 Undrafting 238 Line Editing 239 Part II The Genres Chapter 7 Essay 242 Kinds of Essay 244 Essay Techniques 247 Fact and Truth 251 Readings 254 "The Female Body" 254 "Those Words That Echo ... Echo ... Echo Through Life" 257 "The Knife" 261 "Belongings" 268 Chapter 8 Fiction 272 Story and Plot 273 Scene and Summary 276 Backstory and Flashback 278 Text and Subtext 281 Readings 283 "The Diamond Mine" 283 "Your Fears Are Justified" 289 "Mockingbird" 290 "It's Water, It's Not Going to Kill You" 291 "Tomorrow's Bird" 302 Chapter 9 Poetry 306 Free Verse and Formal Verse 308 Imagery, Connotation, and Metaphor 310 Density and Intensity 312 Prosody, Rhythm, and Rhyme 316 Readings 322 "Stillborn" 322 "The Grammar Lesson" 323 "The Poet, Trying to Surprise God" 323 "Like This Together" 324 "Romantic, at Horseshoe Key" 326 "Locking Yourself Out, Then Trying to Get Back In" 327 "Prose Poem" 328 "Black Silhouettes of Shrimpers" 329 "Repetition" 330 "Ghazal" 331 "The Language of the Brag" 332 "Dream Song 14" 333 "My Uncle Guillermo Speaks at His Own Funeral" 334 Chapter 10 Drama 336 The Difference Between Drama and Fiction 337 Sight: Sets, Action, Costumes, Props 339 Sound: Nonverbal and Verbal 342 Some Notes on Screenwriting 347 Readings 349 The Road to Ruin 349 Duet for Bear and Dog 357 Gas 362 Eukiah 367 The Philadelphia 371 Appendix A Collaborative Exercises 379 Appendix B Formats 387 1. Prose fiction and nonfiction 387 2. Poetry 387 3. Drama 387 Appendix C A Basic Prosody 393 Glossary 401 Index 407
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