9781319215958

The Practice of Creative Writing

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    9781319215958

  • ISBN10:

    1319215955

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-09-14
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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


Part One
FOUNDATIONS


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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