Bringing the Devil to His Knees The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life

ISBN-10: 0472067745
ISBN-13: 9780472067749
Edition: 2001
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Description: In Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life, seventeen award-winning writers--all expert teachers--share the secrets of creating compelling, imaginative stories and novels. A combination handbook, writer's  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 6/4/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

In Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life, seventeen award-winning writers--all expert teachers--share the secrets of creating compelling, imaginative stories and novels. A combination handbook, writer's companion, and collection of spirited personal essays, the book is filled with specific examples, hard-won wisdom, and compassionate guidance for the developing or experienced fiction writer. Each of the contributors is a current or former lecturer at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, one of the most highly respected writing programs in the country. Included are essays by Charles Baxter, Robert Boswell, Karen Brennan, Judith Grossman, Ehud Havazelet, C. J. Hribal, Margot Livesey, Michael Martone, Kevin McIlvoy, Pablo Medina, Antonya Nelson, Susan Neville, Richard Russo, Steven Schwartz, Jim Shepard, Joan Silber, Debra Spark, Peter Turchi, and Chuck Wachtel. Rich with masterful examples and personal anecdotes, these imaginative essays provide hard-earned insight into a writer's work. The book will interest not only those seeking inspiration and guidance to become stronger writers, but also readers of contemporary literary fiction, who will find a number of surprising and original approaches to the writer's work by award-winning practitioners adept at teaching others what they know. Charles Baxter is author of several novels, including The Feast of Love, Shadow Play, and First Light. and collections of stories including Believers and A Relative Stranger. He teaches writing at the University of Michigan. Peter Turchi is author of the novel The Girls Next Door, a collection of stories, Magician, and a book of non-fiction, The Pirate Prince. He is Director of the MFA Program for Writers, Warren Wilson College.

Charles Baxter is author of several novels, including "The Feast of Love", "Shadow Play", & "First Light", & collections of stories including "Believers" & "A Relative Stranger". He teaches writing at the University of Michigan.

Peter Turchi is author of the novel "The Girls Next Door", a collection of stories, "Magician", & a book of non-fiction, "The Pirate Prince". He is Director of the MFA Program for Writers, Warren Wilson College.

Introduction
Techniques, Devices, and Strategies
In Defense of Omniscience
I Know Myself Real Well. That's the Problem
Where's Iago?
Finding a Voice in America
Behind the Mask: Narrative Voice in Fiction
Weight in Fiction
Chekhov and Form
"You're Really Something": Inflection and the Breath of Life
Getting In and Getting Out: First Words on First (and Last) Words
Maps and Legends
Dream, Memory, Story, and the Recovery of Narrative
Narrative Spandrels
The Scene Beast Is Hungry
The Writer as Cartographer
"Mom's on the Roof": The Usefulness of Jokes in Shaping Short Stories
Facing Up to the Reader
Ruining a Story
The Editor Comes Clean at Last (A Tale of One Rejection Letter and One Acceptance Letter to Stephen Crane)
Literature and Democracy
Thinking about a Reader
How to Tell a True Story
Contributors

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