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On Writing Short Stories

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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.

Synopsis:

Seven masters of the short story-Francine Prose, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank Conroy, Andre Dubus, Robert Coles, and C. Michael Curtis — give voice to the ongoing dialogue about the art and craft of writing short stories, discussing the techniques they use in writing fiction.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Tobias Wolff

Preface

Contributors

PART ONE: On Writing Short Stories

What Makes a Short Story?, Francine Prose

Reading as a Writer: The Artist as Craftsman, Joyce Carol Oates

Character, Plot, Setting and Time, Metaphor, and Voice, Tom Bailey

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, Frank Conroy

The Habit of Writing, Andre Dubus

Why Write? Taking on the World, Robert Coles

Publishers and Publishing, C. Michael Curtis

PART II: SHORT STORIES

The String, Guy de Maupassant

The Lady with the Pet Dog, Anton Chekhov

Hills Like White Elephants, Ernest Hemingway

I Stand Here Ironing, Tillie Olson

A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner

The Chrysanthemums, John Steinbeck

Everything that Rises Must Converge, Flannery O'Connor

Sonny's Blues, James Baldwin

The Shawl, Cynthia Ozick

A and P

Cathedral, Raymond Carver

Saint Marie, Louise Erdrich

The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien

Heat, Joyce Carol Oates

The Darkness of Love, Robert Boswell

A Father's Story, Andre Dubus

Lust, Susan Minot

Bullet in the Brain, Tobias Wolff

Part III: Magazines, Journals, and Quarterlies Publishing Short Stories

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195122725
Author:
Bailey, Thomas Andrew
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Foreword by:
Wolff, Tobias
Foreword:
Wolff, Tobias
Editor:
Bailey, Tom
Author:
Bailey, Thomas
Author:
Bailey, Tom
Author:
null, Tom
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Short story
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Newspapers/Magazines
Subject:
Literature/English | Writing | Creative Writing
Subject:
Short story -- Authorship.
Subject:
Short story -- Technique.
Subject:
Reference - General
Series Volume:
105-396
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 figures
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6 x 9.1 x 0.9 in 1.15 lb

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