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On Teaching and Writing Fiction

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Publisher Comments:

Wallace Stegner founded the acclaimed Stanford Writing Program-a program whose alumni include such literary luminaries as Larry McMurtry, Robert Stone, and Raymond Carver. Here Lynn Stegner brings together eight of Stegner's previously uncollected essays-including four never-before-published pieces -on writing fiction and teaching creative writing. In this unique collection he addresses every aspect of fiction writing-from the writer's vision to his or her audience, from the use of symbolism to swear words, from the mystery of the creative process to the recognizable truth it seeks finally to reveal. His insights will benefit anyone interested in writing fiction or exploring ideas about fiction's role in the broader culture.

Review:

Graceful, generous, passionate, and prolific — that was the late writer Wallace Stegner, who taught many people what it meant to care deeply about writing and wilderness and honesty." Barry Lopez

Review:

"Stegner (1913?93) is not especially concerned here with how to write but rather with what to get at when writing: 'an artifact, something shaped and created and capable of communicating whatever wisdom it has arrived at.'...You write what you are, asserts Stegner, one of those truths no artist escapes." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Though there is practical advice here, these pieces don't provide blueprints for building a work of fiction but rather a shopping list of the tools a good writer needs in her toolbox: patience, humility, and character. It's all stated so epigrammatically that readers who underline are advised to start with a fresh pen. What lingers is a refreshingly classic (to call it old-fashioned would imply we don't need it) sense of the writer as a well-rounded individual." Keir Graff, Booklist

About the Author

Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the National Book Award-winning The Spectator Bird and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose. He received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for his lifetime literary achievement.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Fiction: A Lens on Life

Creative Writing

On the Teaching of Creative Writing

To a Young Writer

Goodbye to All T__t!

The Writer's Audience

A Note on Technique

"Goin' to Town": An Object Lesson

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142001479
Editor:
Stegner, Lynn
Author:
Stegner, Lynn
Author:
Stegner, Wallace
Author:
Stegner, Wallace Earle
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Fiction -- Authorship.
Subject:
Fiction -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-417
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.78x5.06x.39 in. .26 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 144 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142001479 Reviews:
"Review" by , Graceful, generous, passionate, and prolific — that was the late writer Wallace Stegner, who taught many people what it meant to care deeply about writing and wilderness and honesty."
"Review" by , "Stegner (1913?93) is not especially concerned here with how to write but rather with what to get at when writing: 'an artifact, something shaped and created and capable of communicating whatever wisdom it has arrived at.'...You write what you are, asserts Stegner, one of those truths no artist escapes."
"Review" by , "Though there is practical advice here, these pieces don't provide blueprints for building a work of fiction but rather a shopping list of the tools a good writer needs in her toolbox: patience, humility, and character. It's all stated so epigrammatically that readers who underline are advised to start with a fresh pen. What lingers is a refreshingly classic (to call it old-fashioned would imply we don't need it) sense of the writer as a well-rounded individual."
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