The Creative Writing Guide: A Path to Poetry, Nonfiction, and Drama / Edition 1

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This accessible, multi-genre creative writing textbook presents detailed information on the craft of writing poetry, drama, fiction, and literary non-fiction. Practical yet inspirational, the text begins with discussions of creativity and the writing process followed by coverage of the elements of literature and concrete techniques for writing in each genre. Integral to the presentation are the text’s four different types of exercises that allow students plenty of writing practice, from warm-up activities to revising full-length pieces.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321011237
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/7/1998
  • Edition description: FACSIMILE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 436
  • Sales rank: 948,406
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents



1. Writing as a Journey.

2. Writing Habits.

3. A Writer’s Skill: Capturing Details.


4. The Vision of Poetry.

5. The Sound of Poetry.

6. The Rhythm of Poetry.

7. The Form of Poetry.

Poetry Anthology.

In Memory of Radio, Imamu Amiri Baraka.

One Art, Elizabeth Bishop.

My Last Duchess, Robert Browning.

On The Hill Below the Lighthouse, James Dickey.

The Spider as an Artist, Emily Dickinson.

Merle Bascom’s .22, Donald Hall.

Ode to a Grecian Urn, John Keats.

Ghazal 7/24/68:ii, Adrienne Rich.

How Annandale Went Out, Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Mother, Among the Dustbins, Steve Smith.

Sestina from the Home Gardener, Diane Wakoski.

8. Literary Nonfiction.

9. The Heart of a Story: Character and Conflict.

10. The Structure of a Story: Setting and Plot.

11. The Voice of a Story: Point of View.

Narration Anthology.

From Stop-Time, Frank Conroy.

From Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody.


Popular Mechanics, Raymond Carver.

The Swimmer, John Cheever.

Misery, Anton Chekov.

King of the Bingo Game, Ralph Ellison.

Fleur, Louise Erdrich.

Sweat, Zora Neale Hurston.

Follow the Eagle, William Kotzwinkle.

The Woman Who Came at Six O’Clock, Gabriel Garcia Marquuez.

Shiloh, Bobbie Ann Mason.

A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor.

A Pair of Tickets, Amy Tan.

12. Writing Drama: Constructing the Story.

13. Staging the Drama: Characters in Action.

Drama Anthology.

The Actor’s Nightmare, Christopher Durang.

Andre’ Mother, Terrence McNally.


14. Revision: Seeing and Writing Again.

15. Marketing Your Manuscript.


Writing Every Day: 365 Journal Prompts.



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