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Creating fiction : instruction and insights from teachers of the Associated Writing Programs
Checkoway, Julie.
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Cincinnati, Ohio : Story Press, [1999]

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294 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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PN3355 .C73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Readers learn how to revise and edit from Jane Smiley. They find ways to evoke time and place from Richard Russo. Charles Johnson offers a passionate discussion of the writer's apprenticeship. Lan Samantha Chang presents strategies for structuring stories; Charles Baxter explores tone and emphasis. W.D. Wetherell shows how to develop minor characters.

Table of Contents

Julie CheckowayGeorge GarrettDebra SparkJohn Gregory BrownCharles JohnsonKim EdwardsW.D. WetherellRichard RussoRobin HemleyValerie MinerAlyce MillerLynna WilliamsJohn BarthLan Samantha ChangPhilip GerardJulie CheckowayCharles BaxterSylvia WatanabeKaren Salyer McElmurrayCarrie BrownDavid BouchierJane SmileyAlberto RiosStephen Dixon
Introductionp. ix
I. Thinking About Fictionp. 1
Going to See the Elephant: Our Duty as Storytellersp. 2
The Trigger: What Gives Rise to a Story?p. 13
Other Bodies, Ourselves: The Mask of Fictionp. 28
Creative Adventures: The Fiction Writer's Apprenticeshipp. 34
II. Characterizationp. 43
Icebergs, Glaciers, and Arctic Dreams: Developing Charactersp. 44
Extras, Chorus, Supernumeraries, and Walk-Ons: Bringing Minor Characters to Lifep. 57
Location, Location, Location: Depicting Character Through Placep. 67
Sympathy for the Devil: What to Do About Difficult Charactersp. 81
III. Point of Viewp. 95
Casting Shadows, Hearing Voices: The Basics of Point of Viewp. 96
A Container of Multitudes, Or When "I" Isn't "Me": The Art of First Personp. 107
And Eyes to See: The Art of Third Personp. 115
IV. Plot, Structure, and Narrativep. 125
Incremental Perturbation: How to Know Whether You've Got a Plot or Notp. 126
Time and Order: The Art of Sequencingp. 135
An Architecture of Light: Structuring the Novel and Story Collectionp. 148
The Lingerie Theory of Literature: Describing and Withholding, Beginning and Endingp. 164
V. Style and Voicep. 181
You're Really Something: Inflection, Tone, and Pitchp. 182
A Mystified Notion: Some Notes on Voicep. 197
Minimalism and Maximalism: A Question of Stylep. 207
The Conjurer's Art: The Rules of Magical Realism and How to Break Themp. 219
The Comic Point of View: Putting Humor in Your Fictionp. 231
VI. Revising, Editing, and Marketingp. 243
What Stories Teach Their Writers: The Purpose and Practice of Revisionp. 244
Eleven Style Considerations You Can't Live Without: Editing and Polishingp. 256
On Sending Out and Getting Back: Publishing Fictionp. 263
Forty Additional Writing Exercisesp. 273