Ron Carlson Writes a Story

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Graywolf Press, Sep 4, 2007 - Reference - 112 pages
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Ron Carlson has been praised as "a master of the short story" (Booklist). In this essay collection, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, he offers a full range of notes and gives rare insight into a veteran writer's process by inviting the reader to watch over his shoulder as he creates the short story "The Governor's Ball."

"This is a story of a story" he begins, and proceeds to offer practical advice for creating a great story, from the first glimmer of an idea to the final sentence. Carlson urges the writer to refuse the outside distractions—a second cup of coffee, a troll through the dictionary—and attend to the necessity of uncertainty, the pleasures of an unfolding story.

"The Governor's Ball"—included in its entirety—serves as a fascinating illustration of the detailed anatomy of a short story.

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User Review  - NancyStebbins - LibraryThing

Ron Carlson takes the reader through the process of writing a story, focusing a great deal on how to create the "physical world" of the story, and why this is so important. I found the book to be ... Read full review

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With this diminutive account of a short story├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs one-day progress from conception to completed first draft, fiction writer Carlson (A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories ) presents a gift to ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Ron Carlson is the author of several books of fiction, including Five Skies. He directs the graduate program in fiction at the University of California, Irvine.

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