What's your story?: a young person's guide to writing fiction

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Clarion Books, Apr 1, 1992 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 134 pages
Discusses how to write fiction, exploring point of view, dialogue, endings, and revision. "Provides mentoring and practical advice in this handy how to book . . . as useful to teachers as to young writers." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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WHAT'S YOUR STORY?: A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction

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An award-winning novelist (On My Honor, 1987 Newbery Honor) and experienced writing teacher cogently discusses her craft. As John Gardner did in The Art of Fiction (1984), Bauer insists on technique ... Read full review

Contents

The First Step A Story Plan
1
Choosing Your Best Idea
8
Character The Key to Good Stories
17
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Marion Dane Bauer was born in Oglesby, Illinois. She attended community college first, in her home town, and then went to the University of Missouri when she was a junior to study journalism. She quickly realized that journalism was not for her and changed her focus to the humanities and a degree in English literature. She switched one last time to focus on teaching english, which she did when she graduated college. After her children were born, Bauer decided to try her hand at writing. She started out with a children's picture book, but discovered that youg adult novels were more to her taste. After making a career out of writing, Bauer became the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College for the only Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults. Bauer is the author of more than forty books for young people. She has won many awards, including a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for her novel Rain of Fire and an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for On My Honor and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her picture book My Mother is Mine was a New York Times bestseller.

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