On Becoming a Novelist

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Open Road Media, Sep 21, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 150 pages
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John Gardner’s classic exploration of the creative processes and career paths of modern fiction writers

In this essential guide, John Gardner advises the aspiring fiction author on such topics as the value of creative writing workshops, the developmental stages of literary growth, and the inevitable experience of writer’s block. Drawn from his two decades of experience in creative writing, Gardner balances his compassion for his students with his knowledge of the publishing industry, and truthfully relates his experiences of the hardships that lie ahead for aspiring authors.   

On Becoming a Novelist
is a must-read for those dedicated to the craft and profession of fiction writing. 

This ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.


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User Review  - louis.arata - LibraryThing

About 15-20 years ago, I read other Gardner works: Grendel, Freddie’s Book, and Nickel Mountain, as well as The Art of Fiction. I confess I’m intimidated by Gardner. I want to like his work more than ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The late novelist John Gardner was also a longtime creative-writing teacher, and this small how-to book is addressed to "the beginning novelist who has already figured out that it is far more ... Read full review


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John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels GrendelThe Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson.

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