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College Handbook of Creative Writing

College Handbook of Creative Writing - 3rd edition

College Handbook of Creative Writing - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780155053014

ISBN10: 0155053019

College Handbook of Creative Writing by Robert DeMaria - ISBN 9780155053014
Edition: 3RD 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press
International: No
College Handbook of Creative Writing by Robert DeMaria - ISBN 9780155053014

ISBN13: 9780155053014

ISBN10: 0155053019

Edition: 3RD 98

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This essential component of any creative writing course provides many of the tools of a traditional English handbook with special instruction for the creative writing student. Coverage spans fiction, poetry and drama, following the basic elements of theme, setting, character, and plot.


  • Examples from contemporary and canonical literature illustrate discussions of point of view, tone and style, description, dialogue, thoughts, time, images, and sounds.
  • A glossary of literary terms helps students acquire a vocabulary for discussing literature and the writing craft.
  • Covers basic grammar, punctuation, mechanics, spelling, diction, and manuscript form.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Theme
Ric Weinman, The Invisible Man
Claude McKay, America

2. Setting Alice Adams, Barcelona James Tate, Land of Little Sticks, 1945

3. Characters
Joan Frank, The Alpha Male
Sylvia Plath, Daddy

4. Plot
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World
Michael Hettich, Mother

5. Point of View
Paul Ruffin, The Fox
Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays

6. Tone and Style
Andre Dubus, The Last Moon
Pamela Harrsion, Triangle of Light

7. Description
Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl
Celia Gilbert, The Gardner

8. Dialogue
Alice Schell, Slamming on Pig's Misery
Richard Tillinghast, Summer Rain

9. Thoughts
Judith Ortoz Cofer, The Witch's Husband
Miller Williams, Ruby Tells All

10. Time
Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Robert DeMaria, Montage

11. Image and Sounds
Edna St. Vincent Millay, What Lips My Lips Have Kissed
Laura Albrecht, Ashes in July
Howard Nemerov, Acts of God
Mary B. Campbell, Uses of the Impreative

12. The Performance Factor: Plays and Film Scripts
Beth Henley, Am I Blue
Appointment in Samarra, based on a tale by W. Somerset Maugham

13. Fundamentals of Writing

14. Writing as a Career

Glossary of Literary Terms
Permissions and Acknowledgments