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Writing Fiction

Writing Fiction - 7th edition

ISBN13: 978-0321277367

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ISBN13: 978-0321277367
ISBN10: 0321277368
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Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2007
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Writing Fiction - 7TH 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0321277367

Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French

ISBN13: 978-0321277367
ISBN10: 0321277368
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 7TH 07
Publisher: Longman, Inc.

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, 7e guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision.

A bestseller through six editions, Writing Fiction by novelists Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French explores the elements of fiction, providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples. Written in a tone that is personal and non-prescriptive, the text encourages students to develop proficiency through each step of the writing process, offering an abundance of exercises designed to spur writing and creativity. The text also integrates diverse, contemporary short stories in every chapter in the belief that the reading of inspiring fiction goes hand-in-hand with the writing of fresh and exciting stories.

Table of Contents

1. Whatever Works: The Writing Process.

Message From a Cloud of Flies: On Distraction, Bonnie Friedman.
From The Writing Life, Annie Dillard.

2. The Tower and the Net: Story Form and Structure.

The Use of Force, William Carlos Williams.
Guests of the Nation, Frank O'Connor.

3. Seeing Is Believing: Showing and Telling.

The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien.
Where are You Going, Where Have You Been? Joyce Carol Oates.

4. Book People: Characterization, Part I.

The Tambourine Lady, John Edgar Wideman.
Yours, Mary Robison.
The Point, Charles D'Ambrosio.

5. The Flesh Made Word: Characterization, Part II.

Hunters in the Snow, Tobias Wolff.
Man Bovanne, Toni Cade Bambara.

6. Long Ago And Far Away: Fictional Place and Time.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Car Crash While Hitchhiking, Denis Johnson.

7. Call Me Ismael: Point of View, Part I.

The Excursio, Joy Williams.
Girl, Jamaica Kincaid.
Hips, Sandra Cisneros.

8. Assorted Liars: Point of View, Part II.

Gryphon, Charles Baxter.
Rape Fantasies, Margaret Atwood.

9. Is and Is Not: Comparison.

Signs and Symbols, Vladimir Nabokov.
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, Ursula K. Le Guin.

10. I Gotta Use Words When I Talk to You: Theme.

A Man Told Me the Story of His Life, Grace Paley.
Developing Theme as You Write.
Town and Country Lovers, Nadine Gordimer.
Ralph the Duck, Frederick Busch.

11. Play it Again, Sam: Revision.

Wanting to Fly, Stephen Dunning.
The Bath, Raymond Carver.
A Small, Good Thing, Raymond Carver.
Appendix A.
Appendix B.
Acknowledgments.

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