Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer

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Trinity University Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 245 pages
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Maps of the Imagination takes us on a magic carpet ride over terrain both familiar and exotic. Using the map as a metaphor, fiction writer Peter Turchi considers writing as a combination of exploration and presentation, all the while serving as an erudite and charming guide. He compares the way a writer leads a reader though the imaginary world of a story, novel, or poem to the way a mapmaker charts the physical world. "To ask for a map," says Turchi, "is to say, ‘Tell me a story.’ "
With intelligence and wit, the author looks at how mapmakers and writers deal with blank space and the blank page; the conventions they use or consciously disregard; the role of geometry in maps and the parallel role of form in writing; how both maps and writing serve to re-create an individual’s view of the world; and the artist’s delicate balance of intuition with intention.
A unique combination of history, critical cartography, personal essay, and practical guide to writing, Maps of the Imagination is a book for writers, for readers, and for anyone interested in creativity. Colorful illustrations and Turchi’s insightful observations make his book both beautiful and a joy to read.

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A quick read and inspiring to my writing. - Goodreads
The writing is gentle and thoughtful. - Goodreads
Mr. Turichi is a wonderful writer. - Goodreads
Anything with maps and writing...well, it works for me. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Kristen - Goodreads

What an expansive, lyrical, beautifully written juxtaposition of writing and cartography. A truly special book. This was recommended to me by a friend, who not only shares my profession - that of ... Read full review

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Well-written book that talks about art of fiction using cartography as a lens. Reads like a series of lectures from a good professor, though sometimes the book feels more like a series of loosely ... Read full review



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About the author (2004)

Peter Turchi is the Director of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the author of the novel The Girls Next Door and the story collection Magician, and the coeditor, with Andrea Barrett, of The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work and, with Charles Baxter, of Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life.

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