Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft / Edition 1

Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft / Edition 1

by Janet Burroway
     
 

This resource and anthology emphasizes technique, experimentation, development, and revision, encouraging a sense of enthusiastic play and adventure for students in introductory creative writing courses. Burroway begins with the elements of craft including image, voice, character, setting, and story, before exploring specific genres such as essay, fiction, poetry, and… See more details below

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This resource and anthology emphasizes technique, experimentation, development, and revision, encouraging a sense of enthusiastic play and adventure for students in introductory creative writing courses. Burroway begins with the elements of craft including image, voice, character, setting, and story, before exploring specific genres such as essay, fiction, poetry, and drama. Each chapter begins with a photographic or graphic image accompanied by a warm-up exercise. Burroway (Florida State U.) is the author of plays, poetry, children's books, and several novels. Her textbook Writing Fiction is popular in college writing courses. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321081919
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
08/05/2002
Series:
Penguin Academics Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Instructorxv
Invitation to the Writerxx
You ...xx
... and writing ...xxi
... and reading ...xxii
... and this book ...xxii
... and your journal ...xxiii
... and your workshopxxvi
Part IThe Elements of Craft
Chapter 1Image2
Image and Imagination3
Concrete, Significant Details7
Metaphor and Simile11
Essays14
"The Giant Water Bug"14
From A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius15
Fiction19
"Sister Godzilla"19
"Car Crash While Hitchhiking"26
Poems
"The Hawk in the Rain"31
"The Haunted Ruin"32
"Facing It"33
"The Surface"34
"How to Use This Body"35
"Why Regret?"36
Drama37
Act Without Words37
The Drummer40
Chapter 2Voice42
Your Voice44
Persona45
Character Voice47
Point of View49
Essays55
From Angela's Ashes55
"Invitation to a Transformation"63
Fiction64
"In the Kindergarten"64
"The School"72
Poems74
"Order in the Streets"74
"Black Hair"75
"Hawk Roosting"76
"Kong Looks Back on His Tryout with the Bears"77
"Father"78
"A Mown Lawn"79
"The Language of Bees"80
Drama82
from Talking With ... Handler and French Fries82
Chapter 3Character86
As Desire87
As Image89
As Voice91
As Action94
As Thought96
As Presented by the Author97
As Conflict98
Essay99
"The Inheritance of Tools"99
Fiction106
"Ysrael"
Poems115
"I Knew a Woman"115
"Stonecarver"116
"My Brother's Work"116
"Old man Hansen comes in at ten to"117
"One Flesh"118
"Old Men Playing Basketball"118
"Portrait of a Writer"119
Drama121
Brother121
Chapter 4Setting128
As the World130
As a Camera133
As Mood and Symbol136
As Action137
Essays139
"At the Dam"139
"Landscape and Narrative"141
Fiction147
"Snow"147
Poems156
"Deer Ghost"156
"Earthmoving Malediction"157
"Vacation"158
"Nude Interrogation"158
"Advice From the Extractor"159
Drama161
Dutchman161
Chapter 5Story178
As a Journey179
As a Power Struggle181
As Connection/Disconnection183
Essay190
"Red Sky in the Morning"190
Fiction194
"Missing"194
"Worry"201
Poems202
"A Story About the Body"202
"Digging for China"202
"Short Story"203
"Woodchucks"204
"The Hammock"205
"Vita Nova"206
Drama208
The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry208
Chapter 6Development and Revision216
Developing a Draft218
Revision and Editing222
The Workshop226
Examples229
First and final drafts of "One Art"229
"The Opening of Time Lapse: a revision narrative"231
Developing Scene237
Undrafting238
Line Editing239
Part IIThe Genres
Chapter 7Essay242
Kinds of Essay244
Essay Techniques247
Fact and Truth251
Readings254
"The Female Body"254
"Those Words That Echo ... Echo ... Echo Through Life"257
"The Knife"261
"Belongings"268
Chapter 8Fiction272
Story and Plot273
Scene and Summary276
Backstory and Flashback278
Text and Subtext281
Readings283
"The Diamond Mine"283
"Your Fears Are Justified"289
"Mockingbird"290
"It's Water, It's Not Going to Kill You"291
"Tomorrow's Bird"302
Chapter 9Poetry306
Free Verse and Formal Verse308
Imagery, Connotation, and Metaphor310
Density and Intensity312
Prosody, Rhythm, and Rhyme316
Readings322
"Stillborn"322
"The Grammar Lesson"323
"The Poet, Trying to Surprise God"323
"Like This Together"324
"Romantic, at Horseshoe Key"326
"Locking Yourself Out, Then Trying to Get Back In"327
"Prose Poem"328
"Black Silhouettes of Shrimpers"329
"Repetition"330
"Ghazal"331
"The Language of the Brag"332
"Dream Song 14"333
"My Uncle Guillermo Speaks at His Own Funeral"334
Chapter 10Drama336
The Difference Between Drama and Fiction337
Sight: Sets, Action, Costumes, Props339
Sound: Nonverbal and Verbal342
Some Notes on Screenwriting347
Readings349
The Road to Ruin349
Duet for Bear and Dog357
Gas362
Eukiah367
The Philadelphia371
Appendix ACollaborative Exercises379
Appendix BFormats387
1.Prose fiction and nonfiction387
2.Poetry387
3.Drama387
Appendix CA Basic Prosody393
Glossary401
Index407

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