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Free within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors

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A Bird by Bird for the African-American market--A top-notch writer's guide filled with practical guidance, essays, and journal exercises for the African-American writer including advice from E.Lynn Harris, Charles Johnson, and Yolanda Joe.

In her introduction, Jewell Parker Rhodes writes: "Never (in four years of college or five years of graduate school) was I assigned an exercise or given a story example that included a person of color...While the educational system and the publishing world have become progressively more welcoming of African-American authors, there is still little attention to educating, supporting, and sustaining the writing process of African-American authors. Free Within Ourselves is a solid first step--it is the book I wished I had when I started out as a writer. It is meant to be a song of encouragement for African-American artisits and visionaries. Free Within Ourselves is a step-by-step introduction to fictional technique, exploring story ideas, and charting one's progress, as well as a resource guide for publishing fiction."

For the legions of people who have a novel stuck in their word processors, help is finally on the way! Free Within Ourselves is an excellent guide to all the elements necessary to crafting fiction: character development, point of view, plot, atmosphere, dialogue, diction, sentence variety, and revision. Writing techniques are taught using exercises, journaling, story examples, and analyses of famous writing fragments, as well as several complete stories (including those of James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and Edwidge Dandicat, among others). The book is further enhanced by inspirational advice from successful contemporary black writers (such as Bebe Moore Campbell, Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates, John Edgar Wideman, and others), a bibliography, and a guide to workshops, journals, magazines, contests, and fellowships supportive of black arts.

Synopsis:

A primer for aspiring African-American authors presents everything needed to write, offering lessons on character development, plot, atmosphere, and more, including several complete stories. Original.

Synopsis:

A Bird by Bird for the African-American market--A top-notch writer's guide filled with practical guidance, essays, and journal exercises for the African-American writer including advice from E.Lynn Harris, Charles Johnson, and Yolanda Joe.

In her introduction, Jewell Parker Rhodes writes: "Never (in four years of college or five years of graduate school) was I assigned an exercise or given a story example that included a person of color...While the educational system and the publishing world have become progressively more welcoming of African-American

About the Author

\Jewell Parker Rhodes, Ph.D., is the author of the novels Voodoo Dreams and Magic City, and is the recipient of a Yaddo Creative Writing Fellowship as well as the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction. She is the director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing and a professor of American literature at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307434142
Subtitle:
Fiction Lessons for Black Authors
Publisher:
Main Street Books/Doubleday
Author:
Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Author:
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Subject:
Reference : Writing Skills
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - African American Studies -
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Authorship
Subject:
Afro-american authors
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Technique
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Blacks in literature
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19991005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
342

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» History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
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Product details 342 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307434142 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A primer for aspiring African-American authors presents everything needed to write, offering lessons on character development, plot, atmosphere, and more, including several complete stories. Original.
"Synopsis" by , A Bird by Bird for the African-American market--A top-notch writer's guide filled with practical guidance, essays, and journal exercises for the African-American writer including advice from E.Lynn Harris, Charles Johnson, and Yolanda Joe.

In her introduction, Jewell Parker Rhodes writes: "Never (in four years of college or five years of graduate school) was I assigned an exercise or given a story example that included a person of color...While the educational system and the publishing world have become progressively more welcoming of African-American

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