What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

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HarperCollins Publishers, 1990 - Creative writing - 230 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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User Review  - inkstained - LibraryThing

This book is organized somewhat thematically and includes both exercises and responses to the exercises so you can get inspiration from what others have written. I recommend it for those looking to ... 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


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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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