Learning to Write Fiction from the Masters

Learning to Write Fiction from the Masters

by Barnaby Conrad


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Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Jack London, Dorothy Parker, John O’Hara, Elmore Leonard, and a host of other greats past and present have much to show you about how to begin and end a story, structure a plot, create memorable characters, write dialogue, depict settings and action, heighten romance, choose winning titles, and meet all the other challenges of the art of fiction.
Barnaby Conrad, a bestselling author as well as one of America’s premier creative writing teachers, has selected key examples from the best of the best to reveal the essential tools of storytelling and demonstrate their use. His book offers fresh inspiration and guidance for all writers of fiction. It is also a joy to read.
“Barnaby’s book is a great idea. I am sure it will be exactly what all prospective writers need, but it is more than an idea and more than a book. Actually, it is a correspondence course.”—Charles M. Schulz
“This book is a blessing. Barnaby Conrad’s brilliantly organized examples of how fiction is fashioned will be turned to again and again for inspiration and advice.”—Sol Stein
“Barnaby Conrad’s Learning to Write Fiction from the Masters is as lively and informative as his Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and that’s saying a lot.”—Joseph Wambaugh

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452276574
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/11/1996
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Barnaby Conrad (1922–2013) was an American bullfighter, artist, and writer. As a bullfighter, Mr. Conrad studied with the great matador Juan Belmonte, and fought using the name “El Niño de California.” The sport became a topic of expertise of his articles for Esquire magazine and the backdrop of his two novels, The Innocent Villa (1948) and Matador (1952). He founded the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, whose speakers have included Ray Bradbury, James Michener, and Eudora Welty. A talented artist, Mr. Conrad has created paintings and portraits of his friends, some of which hang in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Beginnings
Chapter 2. Settings
Chapter 3. Characterization
Chapter 4. Individualizing
Chapter 5. Dialogue
Chapter 6. Romantic Encounters
Chapter 7. Action
Chapter 8. Endings
Chapter 9. Titles
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Authors and Titles Quoted
Index of Individuals and Titles Cited

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