What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

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Pearson Longman, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 504 pages
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Organized by the elements of fiction and comprised primarily of writing exercises, this text helps students hone and refine their craft with a practical, hands-on approach to writing fiction.

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Great for novice writers!

User Review  - KStrassel - Borders

The exercises in this book are really great for jump-starting the imagination--and they're not boring! I turn to this book whenever writer's block has me in its grip. I highly recommend it. Read full review

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User Review  - jpaulett - LibraryThing

Good set of exercises for writers. I use the exercises heavily in my creative writing class. Practical and clear. Read full review


PART ONE Beginnings
Beginning in the Middle
The Storys History

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About the author (2003)

Anne Bernays, a novelist and writing teacher, is the author of eight novels, including "Professor Romeo" and "Growing Up Rich, " as well as two works of nonfiction, including "The Language of Names" written with Justin Kaplan and "What If?" written with Pamela Painter. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous major publications, among them "The Nation, " the "New York Times, Town & Country, " and "Sports Illustrated." She lives in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts with her husband, Justin Kaplan. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Pamela Painter is also the author of The Long and Short of It and c-author of What If? Wrting Exercises for Fiction Writers. She is a founding editor of StoryQuarterly and is on the faculty of the Vermont College MFA program. She lives in Boston, where she teaches in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Program at Emerson College.

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