9780131787858

Mooring Against the Tide Writing Fiction and Poetry

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    9780131787858

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    0131787853

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-01-20
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

This guide to creative writing explores the two genres of poetry and fiction, and defines the basic elements of each. It offers a hands-on approach to writing, and includes essays from noted authors that enable readers to witness the creative evolution of poems and stories.Clearly written and organized, it also contains student writing samples and an easy-to-use guide to the workshop. The section on poetry covers such topics as imagery, lines and stanzas, sound, rhyme and meter, voice, and point of view. The fiction section looks at point of view, plot, character, setting, dialogue, style, tone, voice, and theme.For aspiring writers who view the writing process as a dynamic one, and are looking to improve their editing and critiquing skills.

Author Biography

Jeff Knorr teaches creative writing and literature at Sacramento City College Tim Schell teaches literature and writing at Columbia Gorge College

Table of Contents

Preface ix
I Poetry 1(150)
1. Getting Started
1(7)
2. Imagery
8(13)
"Laying Bare the Bones: A Meditation on Imagery" by Lisa D. Chavez
13(8)
3. Lines and Stanzas
21(10)
"Hey, Good Lookin', Haven't We Met Somewhere Before?" by Beckian Fritz Goldberg
25(6)
4. Sound and the Poem
31(10)
"Degas in Vegas: Some Thoughts on Sound in Poetry" by Alberto Rios
36(5)
5. Rhyme and Meter, the Music of Poems
41(13)
"Meter and Rhyme" by James Hoggard
47(7)
6. Voice and How We Create It in Poems
54(10)
"Voice: What You Say and How Readers Hear It" by Kevin Stein
58(6)
7. Point of View in Poems
64(7)
"Point of View in Poetry" by James Hoggard
66(5)
8. Fixed Forms: Creating Our Poetic World
71(10)
"Form in Poetry" by Lynn Hoggard
74(7)
9. Putting It All Together: The Whole Poem
81(12)
"Lorca's Duende, The Art of Zingers in Poetry Workshops, or How to Teach Students to Energize Their Poems" by Virgil Suarez
85(8)
10. Revision
93(15)
"Moonsheen and Porchlight: Revision as Illumination" by Gary Thompson
100(8)
11. The Poetry Workshop
108(3)
12. Workshopping a Free Verse Poem
111(8)
13. Workshopping a Fixed Form Poem
119(9)
Poems for Further Reading
128(23)
On Reading Poetry
128(2)
The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
130(1)
Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickinson
130(1)
I Think I Could Turn and Live with Animals by Walt Whitman
131(1)
On Being Brought from Africa to America by Phyllis Wheatley
131(1)
She's Free by Frances E. W Harper
131(1)
Killers by Carl Sandburg
132(1)
Sonnet: 14 "If thou must love me..." by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
133(1)
In Which She Satisfies a Fear with the Rhetoric of Tears by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
133(1)
The Movies by Florence Kiper Frank
134(1)
A Winter Ride by Amy Lowell
134(1)
The Fathers by Gary Thompson
134(1)
An American Tale of Sex and Death by Kevin Stein
135(2)
The Passing House by Beckian Fritz Goldberg
137(1)
At A Wedding in Mexico City by Lisa Chavez
138(1)
Nureyev's Feet by Scott Hightower
139(1)
Found Map of Spain by Gaylord Brewer
139(2)
Anniversary by Teresa Leo
141(1)
Waking by Albert Garcia
142(1)
Unsent Message to My Brother in His Pain by Leon Stokesbury
142(1)
Sermon of the Fallen by David Bottoms
143(1)
Those Riches by Robert Wrigley
144(1)
Funeral by Harry Humes
145(1)
Song of Napalm by Bruce Weigl
146(1)
Fish by Tom Crawford
147(2)
Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent Well-Read Person, Could Believe in the War Between Races by Lorna Dee Cervantes
149(2)
II Fiction 151(234)
14. Surrounded by Stories: Where Our Stories Come From
151(13)
"The Second Story: How a Promising Single Episode Might Find Its Fullest Use in Our Fiction" by Ron Carlson
154(10)
15. Point of View
164(10)
"Touching the Elephant" by Melissa Pritchard
169(5)
16. Plot
174(13)
"Fairy Tales Always Come True: Plot and Imagination" by H. Lee Barnes
179(8)
17. Character
187(9)
"A Character's Skin" by Tracy Daugherty
190(6)
18. Setting
196(11)
"Take Place" by Valerie Miner
200(7)
19. Dialogue
207(7)
"On Dialogue" by Diana Abu-Jaber
209(5)
20. Style, Tone, and Voice
214(9)
"Voice in Fiction" by Amy Sage Webb
216(7)
21. Credible Surprise on the Path to Resonance
223(7)
"Mystery and Surprise" by Craig Lesley
225(5)
22. Theme
230(3)
23. Revision
233(4)
24. Participating in the Workshop
237(3)
25. Workshopping a Story in the First Person
240(31)
26. Workshopping a Story in the Third Person
271(34)
Stories for Further Reading
305(80)
On Reading Fiction
305(2)
The Ordinary Son by Ron Carlson
307(14)
Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason
321(12)
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
333(10)
Araby by James Joyce
343(5)
Sweet Feed by Melissa Pritchard
348(5)
Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck
353(9)
The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich
362(8)
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
370(6)
The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara
376(7)
Yours by Mary Robison
383(2)
Glossary 385(4)
Contributors' Biographies 389(2)
Credits 391(2)
Index 393

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