Three Genres: Writing Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry, and Drama / Edition 8

Three Genres: Writing Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry, and Drama / Edition 8

by Stephen Minot
     
 

Introduction to poetry, fiction/nonfiction, and drama writing. Features complete works as examples and provides practical advice to encourage students to work on finding their own voice.See more details below

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Introduction to poetry, fiction/nonfiction, and drama writing. Features complete works as examples and provides practical advice to encourage students to work on finding their own voice.

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ISBN-13:
9780132197380
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
08/09/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

About the Author

Stephen Minot, Professor Emeritus of the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, has taught creative writing for over thirty years. Over the span of his very successful career, Professor Minot authored three novels, two collections of short stories, and three textbooks including Reading Fiction and Literary Nonfiction, The Fourth Genre. His short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and literary quarterlies including the Atlantic, Harpers, The Kenyon Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Sewanee Review, just to name a few. Professor Minot’s work has also been selected several times to appear in the O. Henry Prize Stories collection and The Best American Short Stories. He is also the recipient of the Atlantic First Award, the Saxton Memorial Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for writing. Professor Minot and his wife, Virginia, split their time between California and Maine.

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Table of Contents

Preface for Students
Preface for Teachers
Pt. 1The Writing of Poetry1
1What Makes a Poem a Poem?1
2Read These Poems!13
3Where Poems Come From40
4Right Phrase/Wrong Phrase50
5The Impact of Images58
6The Sound of Words69
7Traditional Rhythms82
8Fixed Forms94
9Unique Rhythms102
10A Sense of Order114
11Varieties of Tone123
12Four Essentials for Growth134
Pt. 2The Writing of Fiction139
13Facts, Falsehoods, and Fiction139
14The Sources of Fiction148
15A Story by Stephen Minot: "Sausage and Beer"159
16The Making of a Story: A Case History167
17A Story by Deborah Joy Corey: "Three Hearts"173
18Viewpoint: Who's Seeing This?180
19Structure: From Scenes to Plot190
20A Story by Ursula Hegi: "Acts of Violence"200
21Creating Tension205
22Setting: Where Are We?213
23A Story by Sharon Solwitz: "Obst Vw"224
24Characterization: The Art of Creating People233
25A Story by Marian Ury: "The Cat That Had the Power of Speech"[s.n.]
26Liberating the Imagination247
27Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme253
28Style and Tone263
29Reading, Writing, and Revising274
Pt. 3The Writing of Drama281
30Theater: A Dramatic Art281
31A Play by William Saroyan: "Hello Out There"286
32The Dramatic Plot299
33Conflict: The Driving Force of Drama308
34Dramatic Characterization315
35A Play by Glenn Alterman: "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda"323
36The Nonrealistic Play328
37A Play by David LeMaster: "The Assassination and Persecution of Abraham Lincoln"337
38Visual Impact343
39Dramatic Themes356
40The Voices of Comedy366
41Achieving Dramatic Growth373
App. ASubmitting Work for Publication379
App. BResources for Writers388
Index of Authors and Titles397
Credits399
Glossary-Index403

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