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Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is a collection of essays and interviews by and with many of the movers-and-shakers in the industry. Each contributor covers the specific element of craft he or she excels in. Expect to find varying perspectives and viewpoints, which is why you many find differing opinions on any particular subject.
This is, after all, a collection of advice from professional storytellers. And no two writers have made it to the stage via the same journey-each has made his or her own path to success. And that's one of the strengths of this book. The reader is afforded the luxury of discovering various approaches and then is allowed to choose what works best for him or her.
Featuring essays and interviews with:
Orson Scott Card
Ursula K. Le Guin
Alan Dean Foster
Kevin J. Anderson
James Patrick Kelly
Gordon Van Gelder
John Joseph Adams
Lucy A. Snyder
Nayad A. Monroe
G. Cameron Fuller
This edition also includes full page illustrations from award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson.
|Publisher:||Seventh Star Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought the print edition of this book and decided as I was reading it, I would jot down a few notes on subjects the book addressed. I figured I would get a lot of anecdotes and maybe a little industry inside info, so I wasn't expecting much. By the time I'd finished the book, I had over 22 pages of notes on the actual CRAFT of writing. Hands down this was one of the best books I've bought for learning how to actually "write." "Workshop" books like these tend to feature authors talking about what it's like to write. Very few authors seem to actually know how to teach novice writers the skills they need to be effective writers. This book is unique in that it is made up of authors who CAN and WILL teach you how to develop those skills. The elements of fiction writing (structure, plot, characterization, dialogue, etc.) are covered topics, and I have to say the sections on beginnings, middles, and ends were some of the most helpful to me and would apply to ANY genre. A lot of the information contained in these sections I had not heard before, and this was where I took the bulk of my notes. There are sections specifically devoted to speculative fiction, dealing with writing aliens, world building, gender bending, etc. but 90% of the book is simply good solid fiction-writing advice. A few essays deal with the business end of things, and a couple of them address specific markets. The only essay which I found disappointing was, oddly enough, Neil Gaiman's opening piece on "where do you get your ideas." Rather than being a teaching tool to help writers develop interesting premises, it's more "I'm Neil; see how clever and funny I am." But don't let that stop you from getting into the meat of the book. Think of this as a very engaging textbook to get the most out of it. Read the essays for fun, then go back and re-read them as teaching tools.