Story Matters: Contemporary Short Story Writers Share the Creative Process

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Margaret-Love Denman, Barbara Shoup
Houghton Mifflin Company, Sep 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 494 pages
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Story Mattersoffers students an inspiring and insightful approach to writing short fiction with 21 short stories and in-depth, in-person conversations with their accomplished authors. Each writer describes his or her source of ideas, motivation, and writing strategies, to give a personal perspective on the book's narrative of the elements of short fiction. Throughout the book, writing prompts offer ideas, advice, and jumping-off points for workshop or individual writing exercises. The writers, from Dave Eggers to Jamaica Kincaid, explain and explore the intent, technique, and meaning of their fiction, offering expert insight into the craft of writing stories. Part One: Writing Matters:This series of brief chapters provides an introduction to writing short fiction, from the spark that starts a story to the finishing touches of revision. Writing prompts integrated throughout invite readers to exercise and expand their writing muscles to create the best story possible. Part Two: Stories and Conversations:A showcase for 21 acclaimed writers, this section combines a short story, a conversation with that story's author, and related writing prompts. By reading the stories and listening to the writers talk about the joys and frustrations of the creative process, students will come to understand the challenge and satisfaction of writing well. Appendicesinclude a set of questions a writer may want to ask when approaching a short story; a list of favorites of the authors interviewed in this book; and a bibliography of further resources in creative writing.

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About the author (2005)

Margaret-Love Denman directs the creative writing program at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of "A Scrambling After Circumstance and Novel Ideas: Contemporary Novelists Look at the Creative Process", which was nominated for both PEN/Faulkner and PEN/Hemingway awards.

Barbara Shoup is a critically acclaimed and award-winning author of novels for teenagers and adults. Shoup has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Master Artist Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writers Award. Her novel Wish You Were Here was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. It will be published in paperback by Flux in May 2008. She lives in Indiana.

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