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Top Three Reasons to Adopt This Book
* Flexible Structure. This innovative text features a flexible organization that allows for different course structures and various teaching approaches. * Practical Lessons. In addition to a comprehensive introduction to Creative Writing craft, the book provides practical tips and poses questions to prepare students for continuing their writing lives long term. * Fresh Readings. The anthology offers up a fresh mix of classic and newer reading selections that promote step-by-step instruction in the craft and encourage further discussion.
Lisa Roney is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida.
Table of Contents
Preface To Instructors To Students Acknowledgments
Part I. Craft Matters
1. Serious Daring-First: Steps on the Writer's Path Motivations Sources of Material Getting Started Pathways Guidepost: Directions You Might Go
Destination: Poetry --Main Features of Poetry --Questions about Your Poetry
2. Imagery and Figurative Language Concrete and abstract language -- John Haines, "On the Mountain" Accuracy and freshness --Rae Armantrout, "Home Federal" Denotation and connotation Figurative language --Table 2.1: Tropes Pathways Guidepost: Risk-taking
3. Sound and Rhythm Breath and rhythm Choosing sounds Repetition and Sound Patterns --Yusef Komunyakaa, "Salt" --Table 3.1: Sentence-Level Schemes Musicality Pathways Guidepost: Timing
4. Form Breaking lines, Making Stanzas --Table 4.1: Enjambed and End-Stopped Lines in Lynn Emanuel's "The Out-of-Body Experience" Free Verse Meter --Table 4.2: Poetic feet --James Tate, "Miss Cho Composes in the Cafeteria" Poetic forms --Richard Frost, "For a Brother" Prose forms Pathways Guidepost: Adaptability Destination: Creative Nonfiction --Main Features of Creative Nonfiction --Questions about Your Creative Nonfiction
5. Memory Changing Views of Memoir The Rise of Memoir Personal Memory as Literary Tool Memory and Imagination Pathways Guidepost: Self-Awareness
6. Research Moving Out from Autobiographical Material Methods and Means Personal Essays Literary journalism and Immersion Ethics Research in Poetry, Fiction, and Drama Pathways Guidepost: Curiosity Destination: Fiction --Main Features of Fiction --Questions about Your Fiction
7. Description and Setting Worlds on Pages Setting as Character Scene, Summary, and Exposition --Table 7.1: Examples of Scene, Summary, and Exposition Special Concerns in Scripts Pathways Guidepost: Attentiveness
8. Character Methods of characterization Depth of character Secondary characters Pathways Guidepost: Empathy
9. Plot Conflicts Narrative Arcs --Figure 9.1: Freytag's pyramid variations Moving around in time Plot and Worldview Pathways Guidepost: Foresight
10. Point of View and Voice First, Second, and Third person Narrative distance Table 10.1: Points of View Unreliable Narrators Voice vs. Character Pathways Guidepost: Individuality Destination: Plays --Main Features of Plays --Questions About Your Plays
11. Action and Dialogue Action How Dialogue Works Table 11.1: Modes of Dialogue Dialogue and Action in Concert The Objective Correlative Pathways Guidepost: Listening Skills
12. Performance Theatricality Table 12.1: Stage Directions One Script, Many Performances Distinctions between Stage and Screen Performing Poetry and Prose Pathways Guidepost: Collaborative spirit
Destination: Hybrid Forms and Emerging Media --Main Features of These Forms --Questions About Writing in Hybrid Forms and Emerging Media
Part II. Writing Life Matters
13. Reading as a Writer Reading: The Crucial Factor How to Read as a Writer Two case studies: Hemingway and Wojahn --Ernest Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants" --David Wojahn, "Cold Glow: Icehouses" Pathways
14. After Brainstorming Why we workshop How we workshop --Table 14.1: Types of Commentary Revision Pathways
15. The Literary vs. Genre Debate Genre fiction and Academic Values The Many Roles of Writers in Society Literary Qualities Melodrama, Sentimentality, and Stereotype Pathways
16. The Writing Life Profession or Avocation? How Writers Make a Living Charting Your Own Future Pathways