ISBN-10:
1319040160
ISBN-13:
9781319040161
Pub. Date:
08/19/2016
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
ISBN-10:
1319040160
ISBN-13:
9781319040161
Pub. Date:
08/19/2016
Publisher:
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

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Overview

Harness your imagination to create stories. Practice of Creative Writing walks through the habits and strategies that produce good writing to better your skills in any genre.



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ISBN-13: 9781319040161
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 08/19/2016
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 544
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

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Preface  
Introduction
How The Practice of Creative Writing Works
Asking Generative Questions  

Part One
FOUNDATIONS

1 Finding Focus 
The Mind’s Eye 
Subject as Focus
Developing Focus 
Lack of Focus 
*Neil Gaiman’s “8 Rules for Writing”
Writing Projects 
Readings 
*Jarod Rosello, Robot Camp
*Writers on Writing (Jarod Rosello)
*John Brehm, The Poems I Have Not Written
*Writers on Writing (John Brehm)
*Och Gonzalez, What I Do on My Terrace Is None of Your Business
Writers on Writing (Och Gonzalez)

2 Reading as a Writer 
Tips for Reading as a Writer
To Read Is To Travel
Strategies for Close Reading
Genres: An Overview
Closely Reading Your Own Work
Reading Work By Peers
Reading to Write
WRITING PROJECTS 
READINGS 
Van Jordan, af•ter•glow
Sebastian Matthews, Buying Wine
*Lee Herrick, My California
*Writers on Writing (Lee Herrick)
*Ira Sukrungruang, Chop Suey
*Nancy Stolham, I Found Your Voodoo Doll on the Dance Floor After Last Call
Vincent Scarpa, I Go Back to Berryman’s
*Writers on Writing (Vincent Scarpa)
* Ted Chiang, The Great Silence
Marco Ramirez, I am not Batman

3 Creating from Components 
Core Components of Creative Writing
Genre-Specific Components
Components of Narrative: Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
Components of Poetry
Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool 
Components of Plays
WRITING PROJECTS 
COMPONENTS WORKSHOP 
READINGS 
Kim Addonizio, First Poem for You 
Terrance Hayes, Liner Notes for an Imaginary Playlist 
Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Brenda Miller, Swerve 
Writers on Writing (Brenda Miller)
Raymond Carver, Cathedral  

Part Two
STRATEGIES

4 Images 
The Principles of Images 
Creating with Images 
A Word on Ideas
WRITING PROJECTS
IMAGES WORKSHOP
READINGS 
*Ross Gay, Ode to Sleeping in My Clothes
Natalie Diaz, My Brother at 3 a.m. 
Dylan Landis, In My Father’s Study upon His Death 
Writers on Writing (Dylan Landis)
*Thao Thai, Counting Bats
Mary Robison, Pretty Ice 
Akhil Sharma, Surrounded by Sleep 

5 Energy 
The Principles of Energy 
Manipulating Energy 
TROUBLESHOOTING ENERGY
WRITING PROJECTS 
ENERGY WORKSHOP
READINGS 
Betsy Sholl, Genealogy
Brian Turner, What Every Soldier Should Know
*Jamila Osman, Fluency
*Beth Ann Fennelly, One Doesn’t Always Wish to Converse on Airplanes
*Beth Ann Fennelly, Small Talk at Evanston General
*Beth Ann Fennelly, Why I’m Switching Salons
*Beth Ann Fennelly, Two Phone Conversations
Writers on Writing (Beth Ann Fennelly)
Brian Arundel, The Things I’ve Lost 
Rick Moody, Boys
*Brenda Peynado, What We Lost
*Rebecca Roanhorse, Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™
*Kristina Halvorson, Now We’re Really Getting Somewhere

6 Tension 
The Principles of Tension 
Maintaining Tension 
Manipulating Tension  
WRITING PROJECTS 
TENSION WORKSHOP 
READINGS 
*Natalie Diaz, Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation
Jenifer Hixson, Where There’s Smoke
Rod Kessler, How to Touch a Bleeding Dog
Marisa Silver, What I Saw from Where I Stood 
Jessica Shattuck, Bodies 
Peter Morris, Pancakes 

7 Pattern 
Pattern by Ear  
E. E. Cummings, (Me up at does) 
Pattern by Eye
WRITING PROJECTS
PATTERN WORKSHOP 
READINGS 
Gregory Orr, The River 
Randall Mann, Pantoum
*Edna St. Vincent Millay, What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why
*Julie Azzam, How to Erase an Arab
*Writers on Writing (Julie Azzam)
*Ken Liu, Paper Menagerie

8 Insight 
Reading for Insight
Principles of Insight 
PRACTICING INSIGHT 
Three Pitfalls
WRITING PROJECTS
INSIGHT WORKSHOP
READINGS 
*Julia Koets, Boys
*Writers on Writing (Julia Koets)
* Pablo Neruda, Ode to My Suit
*Joy Harjo, She Had Some Horses (part one)
*Dana Spiotta, Control
Brian Doyle, Two Hearts
Michael Cunningham, White Angel 

9 Shape
Principles of Shape
Additional Techniques for Shaping Your Work
Pitfalls
Shaping a Story: A Writer at Work
EDITING AND PROOFREADING
WRITING PROJECTS 
SHAPE WORKSHOP

Part Three
FORMS

10 Finding Form 
Forms: Recipes for Writers
Creating a Portfolio of Forms
Abecedarius 
Anaphora 
Braid 
Comics and Graphic Narratives
Flash 
Ghazal 
Journey 
List 
Monologue 
Pantoum 
Play/Screenplay 
Sestina 
Sonnet 
Villanelle 

Part Four
THE WRITING LIFE 

11 Reaching Readers
Preparing to Publish
Live Readings 
Literary Magazines: Print and Digital
Portfolios and Chapbooks
QUESTIONS TO ASK: Writing an Artist’s Statement

12 Writing Resources  
Smart Searching
Social Media 
Resources 
Instruction in Specific Genres 

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