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

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Overview

Stephen Minot: Three Genres 8/e: Back Cover Copy

Stephen Minot’s Three Genres provides creative writers with a solid foundation to understand the worlds of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Chock full of expert advice and complete works as examples, this text is the ultimate guide for creative writers everywhere. Each section is comprehensive, and draws on Professor Minot’s many years of experience as a teacher and professional writer to supply creative writers with the skills necessary to produce their own works. Professor Minot eagerly encourages creative writers to write on their own because “there is no better way to increase your understanding of poetry, fiction, or drama than to write them.”

NEW to the Eighth Edition:

  • A new section on Literary Nonfiction
  • 21 new selections including Reckoning by Tony Padilla and The Bank Robbery by Steven Scchutzman
  • A collection of Poems for Self Study including Indian Country Again by Joseph Bruchac and Going Bananas by Rita Maria Martinez
  • The inclusion of the Troubleshooting Guide to the end of each section for easy reference

For additional writing resources, visit The Creative Café, Prentice Hall’s online creative writing forum. Learn new writing techniques and insider tips from established writers and editors. Site users can view video clips, participate in workshops, and much more. To access this free resource go to www.prenhall.com/creativecafe.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132197380
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/9/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,239,714
  • 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. 1 The Writing of Poetry 1
1 What Makes a Poem a Poem? 1
2 Read These Poems! 13
3 Where Poems Come From 40
4 Right Phrase/Wrong Phrase 50
5 The Impact of Images 58
6 The Sound of Words 69
7 Traditional Rhythms 82
8 Fixed Forms 94
9 Unique Rhythms 102
10 A Sense of Order 114
11 Varieties of Tone 123
12 Four Essentials for Growth 134
Pt. 2 The Writing of Fiction 139
13 Facts, Falsehoods, and Fiction 139
14 The Sources of Fiction 148
15 A Story by Stephen Minot: "Sausage and Beer" 159
16 The Making of a Story: A Case History 167
17 A Story by Deborah Joy Corey: "Three Hearts" 173
18 Viewpoint: Who's Seeing This? 180
19 Structure: From Scenes to Plot 190
20 A Story by Ursula Hegi: "Acts of Violence" 200
21 Creating Tension 205
22 Setting: Where Are We? 213
23 A Story by Sharon Solwitz: "Obst Vw" 224
24 Characterization: The Art of Creating People 233
25 A Story by Marian Ury: "The Cat That Had the Power of Speech" [s.n.]
26 Liberating the Imagination 247
27 Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme 253
28 Style and Tone 263
29 Reading, Writing, and Revising 274
Pt. 3 The Writing of Drama 281
30 Theater: A Dramatic Art 281
31 A Play by William Saroyan: "Hello Out There" 286
32 The Dramatic Plot 299
33 Conflict: The Driving Force of Drama 308
34 Dramatic Characterization 315
35 A Play by Glenn Alterman: "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" 323
36 The Nonrealistic Play 328
37 A Play by David LeMaster: "The Assassination and Persecution of Abraham Lincoln" 337
38 Visual Impact 343
39 Dramatic Themes 356
40 The Voices of Comedy 366
41 Achieving Dramatic Growth 373
App. A Submitting Work for Publication 379
App. B Resources for Writers 388
Index of Authors and Titles 397
Credits 399
Glossary-Index 403
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    The best....

    This is the best textbook I ever purchased! Minot offers basic instruction to get you started with great examples so you can see exactly what he is writing about. I always liked to write but never actually completed any kind of major work. During my 8 week course, using this book as a guide, I wrote numerous poems, a completed short story, and a one act play (and received an A in the process). This book is well worth your time and money.

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