Steering the craft: exercises and discussions on story writing for the lone navigator or the mutinous crew

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Eighth Mountain Press, Apr 1, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 173 pages
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With her sharp mind and wit, master storyteller Ursula K. Le Guin generously shares the accumulated wisdom of a lifetime's work at the writer's craft. Concerned with how a story is told, what moves and what clogs it, STEERING THE CRAFT looks at the sound of language; rhythm and repetition; grammar; crowding, leaping, focus, and control; and more. Indispensable for established as well as aspiring writers.

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User Review  - KVHardy - LibraryThing

I love this book and will be returning to it. Not so much "how to write", but more "how to play with words", Ms LeGuin shows how masterful she is turning simple letters into a sharply delicious bowl of emotion. A keeper on my bookshelf. Read full review

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User Review  - melydia - LibraryThing

The structure of this book is quite simple but surprisingly useful. Each chapter covers a certain aspect of writing (point of view, description, dialogue, etc.), beginning with a brief overview ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Arguably one of the canonical writers of American science fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, Calif., in 1929, the daughter of Alfred L. and Theodora Kroeber. After earning an A.B. degree from Radcliffe College and an A.M. from Columbia University, Le Guin was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1953. The genre formerly classified as 'science fiction' has become divided into sub-genres, such as fantasy, realistic fiction, alternative history, and other categories. Le Guin resists classifying her own work in any one area, saying that some of it may be called 'science fiction', while other writings may be considered 'realist' and still others 'magical realism' (her term). Le Guin is one of the few writers whose works (which include poetry and short fiction) can be found in public libraries' collections for children, young adults, and adults. Le Guin's published works include a novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, that won an American Library Association Notable Book citation, a Horn Book Honor List citation, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. She has been nominated several times for the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award--the highest honors in science fiction/fantasy writing--and has won both awards. Her Earthsea Trilogy is a mainstay of libraries' fantasy fiction collections. Le Guin married Charles Alfred Le Guin on December 22, 1953. They live in Portland, Ore.