Making Shapely Fiction

Author: Jerome Stern

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393077691

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 4728

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: 4041

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.

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

View: 6335

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.

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: 5917

"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.

Writing the Short Film

Author: Patricia Cooper,Ken Dancyger

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 113604857X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

View: 9950

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

Preaching That Connects

Using Techniques of Journalists to Add Impact

Author: Mark Galli

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310832845

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 626

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.

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: 1579

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.

Writing a Book That Makes a Difference

Author: Philip Gerard

Publisher: Story Press


Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 2514

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

Writing fiction

a guide to narrative craft

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

ISBN: 9780321026897

Category: Art

Page: 384

View: 2137

This comprehensive, informal, practical guide/anthology approaches the elements of fiction from the writer's point of view. Writing Fiction, 5/e, includes freewriting to revision, addressing how writers must work through problems in plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view to write exciting and fresh stories. The tone of this market-leading text is non-prescriptive and personal, helping students feel comfortable with themselves and their writing.

Keywords in Creative Writing

Author: Wendy Bishop,David Starkey

Publisher: Utah State University Press


Category: Education

Page: 235

View: 9798

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.

Jules Traumzauberbaum

Author: Marianne Musgrove

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783407799562


Page: 132

View: 2167

JJJ, wie 3 Angelhaken nebeneinander, das ist Julia Jennifer Joos, die Heldin dieser Geschichte. Sie hat es nicht leicht mit der Familie, fühlt sich für alles und alle verantwortlich. Ob der Traumzauberbaum ihr bei all ihren Sorgen helfen kann? Ab 8.

Where the Stories Come from

Beginning to Write Fiction

Author: Sibyl Johnston

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321078995

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 517

View: 8040

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.

Bevor du mich findest


Author: Michael Kardos


ISBN: 3732540251

Category: Fiction

Page: 399

View: 9640

Melanie war noch nie auf einer Party, ist noch nie geflogen, hat noch nie das Meer gesehen. Als sie drei Jahre alt war, ermordete ihr Vater ihre Mutter und wurde bis heute nicht gefasst. Seitdem lebt sie im Zeugenschutzprogramm, von der Außenwelt isoliert und immer in der Angst, dass er sie aufspürt. Doch sie will so nicht mehr leben. Um endlich frei zu sein, fasst sie einen gefährlichen Entschluss: Wenn ihr Vater sie nicht findet, dann muss sie ihn eben zuerst finden ...

Writing on the Edge

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English language

Page: N.A

View: 6721

Released into language

options for teaching creative writing

Author: Wendy Bishop

Publisher: Natl Council of Teachers

ISBN: 9780814139882

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 233

View: 2904


Author: Ben Marcus

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455810462

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1798

"Am Anfang war das Wort - und das Wort tötete": Ein literarisches Epos über eine Welt, in der die Sprache der Kinder ihre Eltern umbringt. Zuerst sind es nur die Juden, bald schon trifft es jeden: Die Sprache der Kinder wird für Erwachsene unerträglich, sie macht krank und tötet. Claire, Sams Frau, ist bereits schwer erkrankt und erträgt die Nähe ihrer Tochter Esther nicht mehr, die sie über alles liebt. Unaufhaltsam breitet sich die Epidemie aus, Panik greift um sich, und die letzten Radiosendungen verkünden, dass die Menschen ihre Kinder und Häuser verlassen, um in die Wildnis zu fliehen. Als Claire kurz vor dem Zusammenbruch steht, scheint auch ihnen kein anderer Ausweg zu bleiben, aber am Vorabend ihres Aufbruchs verschwindet Claire, und Sam macht sich auf den Weg, um ein Heilmittel zu finden. Dabei gerät er in eine gefährliche Schattenwelt. Ben Marcus erzählt ebenso brillant wie literarisch funkelnd von der Macht der Familie, zu lieben und zu zerstören. "Ben Marcus hat ungeheures Talent, dies ist ein traumwandlerischer, eindrucksvoller Roman." New York Times "Ben Marcus gehört zu der außergewöhnlichsten Art von Schriftstellern: Nämlich ein absolut notwendiger. Es ist nicht mehr möglich, sich die literarische Welt und damit die Welt selbst ohne seine mutigen Bücher vorzustellen." Jonathan Safran Foer

Micro Fiction

An Anthology of Really Short Stories

Author: Jerome H. Stern

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393039689

Category: Fiction

Page: 141

View: 4037

Ten years ago, Jerome Stern, director of the writing program at Florida State, initiated the World's Best Short Short Story Contest. Stories were to be about 250 words long; first prize was a check and a crate of oranges. Two to three thousand stories began to show up annually in Tallahassee, and National Public Radio regularly broadcast the winner. But, more important, the Micro form turned out to be contagious; stories of this "lack of length" now dot the literary magazines. The time seemed right, then, for this anthology, presenting a decade of contest winners and selected finalists. In addition, Stern commissioned Micros, persuading a roster of writers to accept the challenge of completing a story in one page. Jesse Lee Kercheval has a new spin on the sinking of the Titanic; Virgil Suarez sets his sights on the notorious Singapore caning; George Garrett conjures up a wondrous screen treatment pitch; and Antonya Nelson invites us into an eerie landscape. Verve and nerve and astonishing variety are here, with some wild denouements. How short can a Micro be, you wonder. Look up Amy Hempel's contribution, and you'll see.

The English Teacher's Companion

A Complete Guide to Classroom, Curriculum, and the Profession

Author: Jim Burke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780325005386

Category: Education

Page: 466

View: 778

This book covers the entire English curriculum, from basic reading and writing to digital literacy, media literacy, and integrated instruction.

Dragons of Fantasy

Author: Anne C. Petty

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781593600105

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 311

View: 6639

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.


Past and Future

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Memory

Page: 84

View: 2767