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The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction

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"Make [your] characters want something right away ? even if it?s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time." Kurt Vonnegut

"'The cat sat on the mat' is not the beginning of a story, but ?the cat sat on the dog?s mat' is." ?John Le Carré

Nothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you can?t get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel García Márquez together at the Algonquin, The Modern Library Writer?s Workshop gives you the next best thing. Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia University?s graduate creative writing program, presents a unique guide to the craft of fiction. Along with his own lucid observations and commonsense techniques, he weaves together wisdom, advice, and inspiring commentary from some of our greatest writers. Taking you from the moment of inspiration (keep a notebook with you at all times), to writing a first draft (do it quickly! you can always revise later), to figuring out a plot (plot always serves the story, not vice versa), Koch is a benevolent mentor, glad to dispense sound advice when you need it most. The Modern Library Writer?s Workshop belongs on every writer?s shelf, to be picked up and pored over for those moments when the muse needs a little help finding her way.

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"An extraordinarily comprehensive and practical work by a master craftsman and a master analyst of the craft." Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls? Rising and Anything Goes

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"The Modern Library Writer's Workshop" presents a treasure trove of useful advice, inspiring wisdom, and encouraging support for the beginning fiction writer by the former chair of the graduate writing program at Columbia University.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-230) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375755583
Author:
Koch, Stephen
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Fiction -- Authorship.
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Paperbacks
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.80x5.29x.60 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Modern Library - English 9780375755583 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An extraordinarily comprehensive and practical work by a master craftsman and a master analyst of the craft." Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls? Rising and Anything Goes
"Synopsis" by , "The Modern Library Writer's Workshop" presents a treasure trove of useful advice, inspiring wisdom, and encouraging support for the beginning fiction writer by the former chair of the graduate writing program at Columbia University.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-230) and index.
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