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Pub. Date:
08/19/2016
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Bedford/St. Martin's
The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students / Edition 3

The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students / Edition 3

by Heather Sellers
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ISBN-13: 9781319040161
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 08/19/2016
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 294,180
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

HEATHER SELLERS (Ph.D., Florida State University) is professor of English at Hope College in Michigan, where she teaches fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction and a Barnes and Noble New Discovery Writers Award, she has published widely in a variety of genres. Her books include Georgia Under Water, a collection of linked stories; Drinking Girls and Their Dresses: Poems; Page After Page, a memoir of the writing life; and Spike and Cubby's Ice Cream Island Adventure, a children's book.

Table of Contents

Introduction

What Creative Writers Do

Questions Creative Writers Ask

The Four Parts of Creative Writing Writing: Your Audience and Your Tools

  Writing for Yourself

  Writing for Others

    Energy

    Images

    Tension

    Pattern

    Insight

    Revision

  Reading

  Working With Other Writers

  Publication

PART 1: BASICS

1. Finding Focus

The Mind’s Eye

  Write What You See

  Moving Images

Subject: Focus on What?

  Write What You Know

  Explore What Makes Us Human

Practicing Focus

  The Writing Habit

  Writing Rituals

  Flow

Lack of Focus

  Writer’s Block

  Distraction

  Procrastination

  Judgment

Writing Projects

2. Reading to Write

Reading Work in Progress Workshop

  Revision

  Editing

Reading Finished Work

Types of Creative Writing

  Fiction

  Creative Nonfiction

  Poetry

  Prose Poems

  Plays, Screenplays, Teleplays

  Graphic Novels, Comics, and Experiments

Reading to Write: The Art of Imitation

  Imitation: Guided Practice

  Types of Imitation

    Scaffolding: Writing Between the Lines

     Scaffolding a Poem

     Narrative Scaffolding

    Filling in the Blanks

Writing Projects

Readings

*Bob Hickok, A Primer (poetry)

*Betsy Sholl, Genealogy (poetry)

*Greg Allen, Title (drama)

Lorraine Lopez, The Night Aliens in a White Van Kidnapped My Teenage Son Near the

Baptist Church Parking Lot (fiction)

*Lynda Barry, Super Marlys Guide to Running in the Sprinkler (graphic narrative)

Sebastian Matthews, Buying Wine (poetry)

Billy Collins, Introduction to Poetry (poetry)

A. Van Jordan , af.ter.glow (poetry)

Jamaica Kincaid, Girl (fiction)

Amy Fusselman, from The Pharmacist’s Mate (nonfiction)

3. Building Blocks

Parts of Narrative Sentences

  Conflicts

  Scenes

  Building Narratives Using Conflict-Crisis-Resolution

  Pulling it All Together: Writing Scenes for Narrative

Parts of Poems

  A word on words

  Lines

    *Ciara Shuttlesworth, Sestina [poetry]

    Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool [poetry]

  Turns

  Stanzas

  Playing with Poetry

Writing Projects

Building Blocks Workshop

Readings

  *Kim Addonizio, First Poem for You (poetry)

  *Sherman Alexie, Bird-watching at Night (fiction)

  *Gregory Corso, Marriage (poetry)

  Wesli Court, The Obsession (poetry)

  Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night (poetry)

  Brenda Miller, Swerve (nonfiction)

  Raymond Carver, Cathedral (fiction)

PART 2: STRATEGIES

4. Images

The Principles of Images

  Images are Active

  Reading is Image Viewing

  The Opposite of Thought

  Generating Images

Creating With Images

  Focus on People in Action

  Think From Within Images

  Use Specifics

  Move Around in Images

  One Sentence, One Action

  Summary Images

  Sliding

A Word on Ideas

Writing Projects

Images Workshop

Readings

*Tony Hoagland, Personal (poetry)

Gary Soto, Everything Twice (poetry)

*Sufjan Stevens, Casimir Pulaski Day (song lyrics)

*Suzan-Lori Parks, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Part 1) (drama)

*David Owen, The Dime Store Floor (nonfiction)

*Mary Robison, Pretty Ice (fiction)

Akhil Sharma, Surrounded by Sleep (fiction)

5. Energy

The Principles of Energy

Subject: Focus on What’s Fascinating

  Guidelines for Increasing Energy Using Subject

  Leaps: The Power of Gaps

    David Chase, excerpts from The Sopranos

  Words

    Specificity

    Verbs

     Muscles

     Filters

Manipulating Energy

  Pace: Choose when to "go for it"

    Slow Down to Increase Energy

    Vary the Pace to Sustain Energy

  Camera Work

  Too Much Energy?

Troubleshooting: Energy

Writing Projects

Energy Workshop

Readings

Rick Moody, Boys (fiction)

Brian Arundel, The Things I’ve Lost (nonfiction)

*Brian Turner, What Every Soldier Should Know (poetry)

6. Tension

The Principles of Tension

  Desire + Danger = Tension

  Setting the Thermostat: The Four Elements of Tension

Maintaining Tension

  Work With Two or Three Characters

  Match Your Opponents

  Stay Specific

  Write From Close Up

Manipulating Tension

  Thermostat Control: Adjusting the Temperature

   Layers: Adding Dimension

    Layering Images

    Layering with Triangles

    Layering Dialogue and Action

  Façade

Writing Projects

Tension Workshop

Readings

*Aimee Nezhukumatahil, Dog Custody (poetry)

*Theodore Roethke, The Waking (poetry)

*Agha Shahid Ali, Even the Rain (poetry)

Marisa Silver , What I Saw From Where I Stood (fiction)

Jessica Shattuck, Bodies (fiction)

Peter Morris, Pancakes (drama)

7. Pattern

Pattern by Ear Rhyme and Echoes

  Consonants and Vowels

  Word Order

   ee cummings "me up at does"

  Rhythm

  Meter

    Iambic Pentameter

    Free Verse

Pattern by Eye

  Objects

  Gestures

  Pattern on the Page

Layering Patterns

Writing Projects

Pattern Workshop

Readings

*Gregory Orr, The River (poetry)

Ellen Dore Watson, Ghazal (poetry)

Carolyn Kizer, Parent’s Pantoum (poetry)

*Marion Winik, from The Glen Rock Book of the Dead (nonfiction)

*Amy and David Sedaris, Relationship Quiz (nonfiction)

Lorrie Moore, How to Become a Writer (fiction)

Dinty Moore, Son of Mr. Green Jeans: An Essay on Fatherhood, Alphabetically Arranged (nonfiction)

8. Insight

Principles of Insight

  Accuracy

    Gestures

    Dialogue

  Generosity

  Trust Your Experience

Ways to Be Wise: Creating Insight

  Images

  Questions

  Lists

  Reversals

  Go Big

  Go Tiny

  Sneak Up

Ways to Be Unwise: What Not To Do

Writing Projects

Insight Workshop

Readings

*Kevin Young, Ode to the Midwest (poetry)

*Gerald Stern, Strauss Park (poetry)

Lynne McMahon, Carpe Diem (poetry)

*Amy Lee Scott, This is Not to Say (nonfiction)

*Marjane Satrapi, The Veil (graphic narrative)

*Amy Krouse Rosenthal, from Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (nonfiction)

Michael Cunningham, White Angel (fiction)

9 Revision

  Revision is Seeing Again

  Writing is Seeing and Seeing Again

  Conquering Common Blocks

    What if I make it worse?

    I’m overwhelmed. I love my piece, sort of, and I know it could be better. But where do I start?

    What if I don’t want to change it?

Principles of Revision

  Limit your time

  Sketch It, Then Write It

  Read to get unstuck

  Revise by hand

  Don’t start at the beginning

  Delete, don’t Fix

  Play with Questions

Approaches to Revision: Student Writers Use the Strategies

  Energy, Images, and Tension as Revision Strategies: Meghan Wilson Revises

  Images Plus Scissors: Charlie Walter Revises

Editing

  Questions to Ask: Editing for Flow

  Questions to Ask: Editing for Common Grammar Errors

  Questions to Ask: Editing for Presentation

Principles of Revision

Writing Projects

Revision Workshop

Readings

Charlie Walter, I’ve Never Been Here Before (memoir)

Jack Ridl, Repairing the House (poetry)

Jack Ridl and "Repairing the House," The Poem and I Have a Little Conversation (interview)

PART THREE: FORMS

10. Recipes

Experiment

Showcase the Strategies

Abecedarius Reading Abecedarii

    David Lehman, Abecedarius (poetry)

  Writing an Abedcadrius

Anaphora

  Reading Anaphora

  Writing an Anaphora

Braid

  Reading Braids

  Writing a Braid

Ghazal

  Reading Ghazals

  Writing a Ghazal

Graphic

  Reading Graphics

    *Matthew Baker and Susanna Kwan, excerpt from The Dinner Party (graphic narrative)

  Writing a Graphic

Journey

  Reading Journeys

  Writing a Journey

Manifesto

  Reading Manifesto

    Elaine Sexton, Manifesto (nonfiction)

  Writing a Manifesto

One-Act Play

  Reading One-Act Plays

  Writing a One-Act Play

Pantoum

  Reading Pantoums

  Writing a Pantoum

Sestina

  Reading Sestinas

  Writing a Sestina

Sonnet

  Reading Sonnets

    David Livewell, Fatigues (poetry)

  Writing a Sonnet

Villanelle

  Reading Villanelles

  Writing a Villanelle

APPENDIXES

Appendix A Publication Public Readings

Literary Magazines

  Research a Wide Range of Publications

  Submit Your Work to Literary Magazines

    Decide Where to Send your Work

    How to Send Your Work Out

  Accept Rejection

Chapbooks and Portfolios

  Creating a Chapbook

  Writing An Artist’s Statements

Appendix B Resources for Writers

Smart Searching

General Resources

  Creativity and Inspiration

    In Print

    Online

  Images: Seeing More Closely

  Self -Expression and Personal Writing

    In Print

    Online

  Literary News

Instruction in Specific Genres

  Fiction

    In Print

    Online

  Short Short Stories

    In Print

    On line

  Poetry

    In Print

    On line

  Form Poetry

    In Print

    On line

  Nonfiction

    In Print

    On line

  Plays and Screenplays

    In Print

    On Line

  Children’s Books

  Graphic Narratives

    In Print

    On Line

  Teaching Creative Writing

    In Print

    On Line

  The Business of Writing: Agencies, Freelancing, Book Proposals, Publishing

    In Print

    On Line

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