Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form

Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form

by Madison Smartt Bell
     
 

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With clarity, verve, and the sure instincts of a good teacher, Madison Smartt Bell offers a roll-up-your-sleeves approach to writing in this much-needed book.
Focusing on the big picture as well as the crucial details, Bell examines twelve stories by both established writers (including Peter Taylor, Mary Gaitskill, and Carolyn Chute) and his own former students.

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With clarity, verve, and the sure instincts of a good teacher, Madison Smartt Bell offers a roll-up-your-sleeves approach to writing in this much-needed book.
Focusing on the big picture as well as the crucial details, Bell examines twelve stories by both established writers (including Peter Taylor, Mary Gaitskill, and Carolyn Chute) and his own former students. A story's use of time, plot, character, and other elements of fiction are analyzed, and readers are challenged to see each story's flaws and strengths. Careful endnotes bring attention to the ways in which various writers use language. Bell urges writers to develop the habit of thinking about form and finding the form that best suits their subject matter and style. His direct and practical advice allows writers to find their own voice and imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393320213
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
620,762
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve novels, his most recent being The Stone That the Builder Refused. He teaches at Goucher College and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Baltimore, Maryland
Date of Birth:
August 1, 1957
Place of Birth:
Nashville, Tennessee
Education:
A.B. in English, Princeton University, 1979; M.A. in English and creative writing, Hollins College, 1981
Website:
http://faculty.goucher.edu/mbell

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