Three Genres

Three Genres : The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama

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For introductory courses in creative writing of poetry, fiction, and drama.This time-tested, hands-on introduction to poetry, fiction, and drama writing addresses the dynamics of the creative process while providing a non-technical analysis of each genre. Each genre section is self-contained, features complete works as examples, and provides advice on how to begin writing creatively in the genre. Provides more practical advice to encourage students to work on their own. Throughout, students are encouraged to find their own voices as writers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 147.3 x 226.1 x 25.4mm | 544.32g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 7th edition
  • 0130420999
  • 9780130420992

About Stephen Minot

STEPHEN MINOT, Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, has been teaching creative writing for thirty years. A writer himself, Minot has authored three novels, two collections of short stories, and three textbooks. His latest text by Prentice Hall, LITERARY NONFICTION: THE FOURTH GENRE, is due in the Fall of 2002. His numerous short stories have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, Harper's, The Kenyan Review, The Paris Review, and The Sewanee Review, among others. His work has been chosen to appear in The O. Henry Prize Stories collection, The Best American Short Stories, The Story, and New American Stories. Over the course of his career, Professor Minot has been the recipient of the Atlantic First Award as well as the Saxton Memorial Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for writing.
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Table of contents

I. THE WRITING OF POETRY. 1. What Makes a Poem a Poem? 2. Plunging In: Reading as the First Step. 3. Sources: Where Poems Come From. 4. Images: the Essential Element. 5. The Sound of Words. 6. Traditional Rhythms. 7. From Lines to Stanzas. 8. Free-Verse Patterns. 9. Internal Order. 10. Varieties of Tone. 11. Poetry: From Craft to Art. II. THE WRITING OF FICTION. 12. Fact and Fiction. 13. Where Stories Come From. 14. A Story by Stephen Minot: "Sausage and Beer." 15. The Making of a Story. 16. A Short Story by Deborah Joy Corey: "Three Hearts." 17. Viewpoint: Who's Seeing This? 18. Structure: From Scenes to Plot. 19. A Story by Ann Hood: "Escapes." 20. Creating Tension. 21. Setting: Where Are We? 22. Dialogue and Thoughts. 23. A Story by Sharon Solwitz: "Obst Vw." 24. Characterization: Creating Credible People. 25. A Story by Donald Barthelme: "The Balloon." 26. Liberating the Imagination. 27. Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme. 28. A Story by Jackson Jodie Davies, "Gotta Dance." 29. Style and Tone. 30. Three Keys to Development: Reading, Writing, and Revising. III. THE WRITING OF DRAMA. 31. Drama: A Life Performance. 32. A Play by William Saroyan: "Hello Out There." 33. The Dramatic Plot. 34. Conflict: The Driving Force of Drama. 35. A Play by Glenn Alterman: "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda." 36. The Nonrealistic Play. 37. Dramatic Characterization. 38. Visual Impact. 39. A Play by Murray Schisgal: "The Cowboy, the Indian, and the Fervent Feminist." 40. The Voices of Comedy. 41. Dramatic Themes. 42. Developing as a Dramatist. APPENDICES. A: Troubleshooting Guide: Topics for Quick Review. B: Submitting Work for Publication. C: Resources for Writers. Index of Authors and Titles. Glossary-Index.
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