Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama / Edition 7by Stephen Minot
Pub. Date: 06/28/2002
Based on the author's 40 years of teaching experience and extensive publication, this time-tested, hands-on introduction to poetry, fiction, and drama writing addresses the dynamics of the creative process while providing a non-technical analysis of each genre. Each genre section is self-contained, features complete works as examples, and provides advice on how to begin writing creatively in the genre. Throughout, readers are encouraged to find their own voices as writers. Troubleshooting Guidesone for each genre considers topics that often give writers trouble. The Writing of Poetry: What Makes a Poem a Poem? Reading as the First Step. Where Poems Come From. Images. The Sound of Words. Traditional Rhythms. From Lines to Stanzas. Three-Verse Patterns. Internal Order. Varieties of Tone. Poetry: From Craft to Art. The Writing of Fiction: Facts and Fiction. Where Stories Come From. The Making of a Story. Viewpoint. Structure: From Scenes to Plot. Creating Tension. Setting. Dialogue and Thoughts. Characterization. Liberating the Imagination. Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme. Style and Tone. Three Keys to Development: Reading, Writing, and Revising. The Writing of Drama: Drama: A Life Performance. The Dramatic Plot. Conflict. The Nonrealistic Play. Dramatic Characterization. Visual Impact. The Voices of Comedy. Dramatic Themes. Developing as a Dramatist. For anyone interested in creative writing in the genres of poetry, fiction, or drama.
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Table of Contents
I. THE WRITING OF POETRY.
2. Plunging In: Reading as the First Step.
3. Sources: Where Poems Come From.
4. Images: the Essential Element.
5. The Sound of Words.
6. Traditional Rhythms.
7. From Lines to Stanzas.
8. Free-Verse Patterns.
9. Internal Order.
10. Varieties of Tone.
11. Poetry: From Craft to Art.
II. THE WRITING OF FICTION.
13. Where Stories Come From.
14. A Story by Stephen Minot: “Sausage and Beer.”
15. The Making of a Story.
16. A Short Story by Deborah Joy Corey: “Three Hearts.”
17. Viewpoint: Who's Seeing This?
18. Structure: From Scenes to Plot.
19. A Story by Ann Hood: “Escapes.”
20. Creating Tension.
21. Setting: Where Are We?
22. Dialogue and Thoughts.
23. A Story by Sharon Solwitz: “Obst Vw.”
24. Characterization: Creating Credible People.
25. A Story by Donald Barthelme: “The Balloon.”
26. Liberating the Imagination.
27. Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme.
28. A Story by Jackson Jodie Davies, “Gotta Dance.”
29. Style and Tone.
30. Three Keys to Development: Reading, Writing, and Revising.
III. THE WRITING OF DRAMA.
32. A Play by William Saroyan: “Hello Out There.”
33. The Dramatic Plot.
34. Conflict: The Driving Force of Drama.
35. A Play by Glenn Alterman: “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.”
36. The Nonrealistic Play.
37. Dramatic Characterization.
38. Visual Impact.
39. A Play by Murray Schisgal: “The Cowboy, the Indian, and the Fervent Feminist.”
40. The Voices of Comedy.
41. Dramatic Themes.
42. Developing as a Dramatist.
B: Submitting Work for Publication.
C: Resources for Writers.
Index of Authors and Titles.
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