Crossroads Creative Writing in Four Genres

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-10-06
  • Publisher: Pearson

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InCrossroads, a wealth of exercises and rich diversity of models address the elements of writing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama while developing an individual's writing skills. Clear, concise discussions of particular techniques of creative writing are followed by practice of these individual techniques. Potent, vital models are offered in an extensive anthology of classic and contemporary readings.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Instructor
Across The Genres: Exercises for Developing Craft and Technique
Beginning/Points of Inspiration
Keeping a Journal
Personal Stories: History as Your Own Heartbeat
Memory and Imagination
Telling Lies to tell the Truth
Voice, Tone and Style
Finding Your True Subjects
A Question of Style
Conditional Voice
Shifting Tone
Breaking the Rules
Perspective and Point of View
Choosing a Point of View
Embodying a Voice
Innocent Perspective
Using Biography
Detail, Image, and Symbol
Detailing a Story
Turning Abstractions into Images and Action
Using All of Your Senses
Writing from Art
Symbols, not Cymbals
Figurative Language
Origins of Words
Parts of Speech
Foreign Flavor
Surrealist game
Tell-Tale Dialect
Setting with Personality
Setting from Family History
Setting Your Hometown
Plot and Tension
Foundations of Plot
Reversing the Plot
Trading Characters, Settings, and Conflicts
Reverberating Closure
Finding Your Rhythm: Poetry in Prose
Parallel Structures
Listening to Nature
Character and Speaker
Populating a Piece
Assuming a Voice
Inside a Character's Mind
Dialogue Makes Character
The Unsaid
Dropping from the Eaves
Conversations Between Texts
Making the Old Story New
Song and Story
Kubla Khan Continued
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