Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his short-story collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, has been praised as "the best living American writer, period" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). During his prestigious career, he has been guiding, inspiring, and awakening graduate fiction students at Florida State University-his version of literary boot camp. Now Janet Burroway, author of the classic text Writing Fiction, introduces her edited transcripts of his thought-provoking lectures.
From Where You Dream reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual. It proposes fiction as the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, and reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. Butler offers invaluable insights into the nature of voice, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction.
From Where You Dream offers a direct view into the mind and craft of "our preeminent practitioner of first-person narrative" (Chicago Tribune). Like sitting in on a yearlong master class in fiction, it is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.