Creative Writing Four Genres in Brief

ISBN-10: 0312468660

ISBN-13: 9780312468668

Edition: N/A

Authors: David Starkey

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How can students with widely varied levels of literary experience learn to write poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama over the course of only one semester? InCreative Writing: Four Genres in Brief, David Starkey offers some solutions to the challenges of teaching the introductory creative writing course: (1) concise, accessible instruction in literary basics; (2)shortmodels of literature to analyze, admire and emulate; (3) inventive and imaginative assignments that inspire and motivate.
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List price: $54.99
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 12/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 339
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

David Starkey teaches at Santa Barbara City College and in the MFA program at Antioch University-Los Angeles. He is the author of Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations and several collections of poems, most recently David Starkey's Greatest Hits, and coeditor of In Praise of Pedagogy and other collections. He is also a playwright whose work has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Paul Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he teaches Shakespeare and creative writing. He is the author of the eco-fantasy novels No Clock in the Forest and Stolen River and three chapbooks of poems. His work has appeared in Poetry, Wilderness, The Best American Poetry 1996, The Best Spiritual Writing 1999, and The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004.

Preface: A few words to instructors
A few things you should know about creative writing
Writing Poetry
A few things you should know about poetry
The elements of poetry
The short poem: three models
My Personal Recollections of Not Being Asked to the Prom
Lines and stanzas
Meter and rhythm
The music of poetry
Images, symbols, and figurative language
Diction, syntax, and the language of poetry
Poetic forms
Prose poem
Getting started writing poetry
Kick-Starts: Beginning your poems
An Anthology of Short Poems
Postcards to Columbus
Zen Americana
Frequently Unasked Questions
The Ballad of Rudolph Reed
Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person, Could Believe in the War between Races
Brute Strength
A Quiet Poem
Praise the Tortilla, Praise the Menudo, Praise the Chorizo
Santa Fe
On Being Told I Don't Speak like a Black Person
That Silent Evening
Boy Sleeping
Lunch in Nablus City Park
I Went into the Maverick Bar
What Is Your Major?
The English Canon
The Ways of Guilt
Teaching the Ape to Write Poems
My Mother Dreams Another Country
The Assassination of John Lennon as Depicted by the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum, Niagara Falls, Ontario, 1987
Writing the Short-Short Story
A few things you should know about the short-short story
The elements of fiction
The short-short story: three models
Crossing the River Zbrucz
The Baby
Structure and design
Creating characters
Writing dialogue
Setting the scene
Deciding on point of view, developing tone and style
First-person point of view
Second-person point of view
Third-person limited point of view
Third-person omniscient point of view
Tone and style
Getting started writing the short-short story
Kick-Starts: Beginning your story
An Anthology of Short-Short Stories
The Hit Man
A Kind of Flying
Popular Mechanics
Bottle Caps
Near Michaelmas
Church Cancels Cow
Wolf's Head Lake
The Old Badger Game
Dominate and Recessid Jeans
Writing Short Creative Nonfiction
A few things you should know about short creative nonfiction
The elements of creative nonfiction
Short creative nonfiction: three models
News of the Wild
Joyas Voladoras
Organizing creative nonfiction
Telling the truth
Creative nonfiction as narrative
The poetry of creative nonfiction
Imagery and figurative language
Sound and rhythm
Writing yourself into creative nonfiction
Ethics and edicts
Getting started writing short creative nonfiction
Kick-Starts: Beginning your creative nonfiction
An Anthology of Short Creative Nonfiction
The Mute Sense
Westbury Court
How to Tell One Bird from the Next
El Toro Rojo
Two Ways to Belong in America
The Witching Hour
Late July, 4:40 a.m.
Elegy for an Optimist
Morning Glory Harley
Writing the Ten-Minute Play
A few things you should know about the ten-minute play
The elements of playwriting
The ten-minute play: three models
Sure Thing
Trying to Find Chinatown
The Divine Fallacy
Structuring the ten-minute play
Creating believable characters
Writing convincing dialogue
Crafting a theme
Onstage: The elements of production
Props, constumes, and effects
Getting started writing the ten-minute play
Kick-Starts: Beginning your play
Playscript Format: A Model
An Anthology of Ten-Minute Plays
Trash Anthem
Now We're Really Getting Somewhere
Tango Delta
If Susan Smith Could Talk
A few words of farewell
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