On Writing Short Stories

ISBN-10: 0195122720
ISBN-13: 9780195122725
Edition: 2000
Authors: Tom Bailey
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Description: On Writing Short Stories is a unique collection of original essays by seven professional writers. It is the only text of its kind to offer writing advice from such authors, editors, and instructors as Francine Prose, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank Conroy,  More...

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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/11/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.58" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

On Writing Short Stories is a unique collection of original essays by seven professional writers. It is the only text of its kind to offer writing advice from such authors, editors, and instructors as Francine Prose, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank Conroy, Andre Dubus, Robert Coles, Tom Bailey, and C. Michael Curtis, with a foreword by Tobias Wolff. These experts give voice--voices--to a dialogue about the art and craft of writing short stories. Respecting writers' autonomy, On Writing Short Stories does not offer a rigidly systematic apparatus for learning to write short stories. Instead it asks what makes a short story, analyzes various aspects of craft, discusses process and revision, and also pauses to wonder why people write short stories at all. It considers the importance of reading and of peer critique in workshops as integral components of the learning process and offers advice on how to get short stories published. Ideal for courses and workshops in creative writing, On Writing Short Stories also includes an engaging selection of eighteen short stories, both classic and contemporary, for discussion and analysis. These stories stretch the limits of narrative fiction; reading them will help students create a scaffolding for the short story form. Writing exercises are incorporated to help students put the craft into practice for themselves. A list of addresses and editors of magazines, journals, and quarterlies that publish short fiction is also included for writers who are ready to begin submitting their work for consideration.

Foreword by Tobias Wolff
Preface
Contributors
On Writing Short Stories
What Makes a Short Story?
Reading as a Writer: The Artist as Craftsman
Character, Plot, Setting and Time, Metaphor, and Voice The Voice of Desire: Character The Why? Behind the Power of Plot: Shaping the Short Story The Lesser Angels of Fiction: Setting and Time "The Connectedness of All Living Things": Metaphor The Writer's Signature: Voice
The Writer's Workshop
The Habit of Writing
Why Write? Taking on the World
Publishers and Publishing
Short Stories
The String
The Lady with the Pet Dog
Hills Like White Elephants
I Stand Here Ironing
A Rose for Emily
The Chrysanthemums
Everything that Rises Must Converge
Sonny's Blues
The Shawl
A and PRaymond Carver: Cathedral
Saint Marie
The Things They Carried
Heat
The Darkness of Love
A Father's Story
Lust
Bullet in the Brain
Magazines, Journals, and Quarterlies Publishing Short Stories

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