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Fiction Writer's Workshop : The Key Elements of a Writing Workshop: Clear Instruction, Illustrated by Contemporary and Classic Works, Innovative E - Josip Novakovich

Fiction Writer's Workshop

The Key Elements of a Writing Workshop: Clear Instruction, Illustrated by Contemporary and Classic Works, Innovative E


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Master the Elements of the Writing Workshop The great paradox of the writing life is that to be a good writer, you must be both interested in the world around you and comfortable working in solitude for hours on end. Fiction Writer's Workshop, Second Edition, is designed to help you foster a strong sense of independence - of being and thinking on your own, of becoming self-evaluative without being self-critical - in order to accomplish what others seek in classroom groups. In this comprehensive guide, award-winning writer and teacher Josip Novakovich explores every aspect of the art of fiction and provides all the tools and techniques you'll need to develop day-to-day discipline as well as a personal writing style, such as: More than 100 writing exercises, including dozens that are new to this edition, that challenge you to experiment with diverse writing styles Specific statements of purpose for each exercise, to help guide you and instruct you at every step of the creative process Self-critique questions to help you assess your work and identify strengths and weaknesses before moving on to the next lesson The full text of eight acclaimed short stories, with analysis and exercises, to provide models for your own writing and help reinforce the lessons you've learned The practical, insightful methods offered in this workshop will clarify your voice, broaden your perspective, and strengthen your fiction. | Helps writers foster a strong sense of independence, of being and thinking on their own, of becoming both disciplined and self-evaluative in order to accomplish for themselves what others seek out in classroom groups.

Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 4
Sources of Fiction: Where and How to Find Materialp. 9
Setting: Evoking a Vivid Sense of Place and Timep. 26
Character: Inventing Fictional Peoplep. 45
Plot: Strategies of Organization and Structurep. 64
Point of View: Selecting the Best Viewpointp. 87
Dialogue and Scene: Handling Dramatic Actionp. 110
Beginnings and Endings: Options and Techniques for Opening and Closingp. 130
Description and Word Choice: Choosing Effective Details, Matters of Stylep. 151
Voice: Finding the Narrative Voice, Creating the Voices of Charactersp. 170
Revision: Transforming the First Draft into Finished, Polished Fictionp. 190
Short Stories
"Father Sergius"p. 207
"Mademoiselle Fifi"p. 245
"My Oedipus Complex"p. 256
"A Composer and His Parakeets"p. 266
"Reply All"p. 278
"The Blue Hotel"p. 286
"The Monkey Garden"p. 310
"We Didn't"p. 314
Indexp. 324
About the Authorp. 330
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ISBN: 9781582975368
ISBN-10: 1582975361
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 11th July 2008
Publisher: F&W Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised