Gotham Writers' Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. Now the techniques of this renowned school are available in this book. Here you'll find: - The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely - Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction - The complete text of "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver-a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book - Exercises that let you immediately apply what you learn to your own writing Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Fiction offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim. Once you've read-and written-your way through this book, you'll have a command of craft that will enable you to turn your ideas into effective short stories and novels. You will be a writer.
Gotham Writers' Workshop is America's leading private creative writing school, offering classes in New York City and on the web at WritingClasses.com. The school's interactive online classes, selected "Best of the Web" by Forbes, have attracted thousands of aspiring writers from across the United States and more than sixty countries.
Table of Contents
|Fiction: The What, How, and Why of It||p. 1|
|Character: Casting Shadows||p. 25|
|Plot: A Question of Focus||p. 52|
|Point of View: The Complete Menu||p. 77|
|Description: To Picture in Words||p. 104|
|Dialogue: Talking it Up||p. 126|
|Setting and Pacing: I'm Here Therefore I Am||p. 150|
|Voice: The Sound of a Story||p. 171|
|Theme: So What's Your Story Really About?||p. 195|
|Revision: Real Writers Revise||p. 213|
|The Business of Writing: Driving Yourself Nuts for Fun and Profit||p. 237|
|Cheat Sheet||p. 267|
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