Synopses & Reviews
The most Practical, Down-to-Earth Fiction-Writing Hand-Book Available, Written by Veteran Instructors From the Country's Most Popular Writing School. Since its inception in 1993, Gotham Writers' Workshop has become America's leading creative writing school, offering more than 400 courses a year to 5,000 students in person and online. Gotham's talented instructors have developed an immensely successful ten-week program that emphasizes the practical over the theoretical, the tell-it-like-it-is over the touchy-feely. Now, with the publication of the first GWW guidebook in Bloomsbury's new series, these world-class writing teachers bring their collective wisdom to an even wider circle. Edited by Nikki Moustaki, writer and long-time Gotham instructor, the Guide to Writing Fiction's eleven easy-to-use chapters each focus on a different element of the writer's craft--character, plot, point of view, theme, setting, description, voice, and dialogue. Packed with exercises, examples, and tips drawn from a decade of classroom teaching, each chapter builds on previous ones. By the end, readers will have a total picture of how to write expertly tructured novels and short stories. Informative, approachable, inspiring, the Gotham Writers' Workshop's Guide to Writing Fiction is an essential for new and experienced writers everywhere.
"Here is an honest, engaging guide with lessons every writer, at any stage, will benefit from. I read it just after I'd finished writing my second book. Now I'm inspired to begin a third." Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies
"Here is an honest, engaging guide with lessons every writer, at any stage, will benefit from. I read it just after I'd finished writing my second book. Now I'm inspired to begin a third."
- Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies
Gotham Writers' Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. Now the techniques of this renowned school are available in this book.
Here you'll find:
- The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely
- Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction
- The complete text of "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver-a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book
- Exercises that let you immediately apply what you learn to your own writing
Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Fiction offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim.
Once you've read-and written-your way through this book, you'll have a command of craft that will enable you to turn your ideas into effective short stories and novels.
You will be a writer.
About the Author
The Gotham Writers' Workshop was founded in 1993 by two young writers, Jeff Fligelman and David Grae, with one ambition: to create a better writing class. Nearly a decade and 20,000 students later, GWW has emerged as the leading creative writing school in New York City. With the 1997 debut of writingclasses.com, GWW saw its student rank swell to include aspiring writers from every state and more than sixty countries.