Writing Short Stories

Writing Short Stories : A Writers' and Artists' Companion

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Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing short fiction successfully.

PART 1 explores the nature and history of the form, personal reflections by the editors, and help getting started with ideas, planning and research.

PART 2 includes tips by leading short story writers, including: Alison Moore, Jane Rogers, Edith Pearlman, David Vann, Anthony Doerr, Vanessa Gebbie, Alexander MacLeod, Adam Thorpe and Elspeth Sandys.

PART 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and exploring your characters to beating writers' block, rewriting and publishing your stories.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17.78mm | 296g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408130807
  • 9781408130803
  • 628,938

Table of contents


Part 1

The History Of The Short Story: Tania
Crime, Tricks, And Tales: Genre And The Short Story: Courttia
The Shorter End Of Short Stories - Boundaries With Poetry: Tania
Stories: Those Little Slices Of Life: Courttia
Reflections On Writing And On Books On Writing: Tania
Reflections 2: The What, When, How, Why And Where Of It For Me: Tania
Reflections On The Evolution Of A Short Story: Courttia
The Evolution Of A Short Story: Under The Tree: Tania
Reflections: Permission And Risk: Tania

Part 2
1. Alison Moore
2. Anthony Doerr
3. Elspeth Sandys
4. Alexander MacLeod
5. David Vann
6. Jane Rogers
7. Edith Pearlman
8. Vanessa Gebbie
9. Di Speirs
10. Jenn Ashworth
11. Tom Lee
12. Toby Litt
13. Adam Thorpe
14. Ryan O'Neill
15. Henrietta Rose-Innes
16. Clare Wigfall
17. Alison Macleod
18. Olive Senior

Part 3
A Note On Craft And Critique: Writing Is Not A Democracy: Tania
From Beginning To End: Courttia
Where To Start - Ideas And Inspiration: Tania
Where To Start: Titles, Beginnings And Endings: Tania
Movement And Syncopation In Fiction: Writing The Long Short Story: Courttia
Plot Versus Story - Where's The Tension?: Tania
Editing And Revising: Courttia
Tenses: Tania
Step Into A World - Thoughts On Structure: Courtta
Structure And How To Use It: Tania
What Gets Left Out And Minimalism: Tania
Speaking Their Minds - Character And Voice: Courttia
Writing Flash Fiction, Liberation Through Constraint: Tania
A Brief History Of Time In The Short Story: Tania
Another Perspective - Point Of View In The Story: Courttia
Harvesting - On Writing Your Collection: Courttia
Short Story Collections - How Do They Work And How To Get One Published: Tania
Voice And Dialogue, Using Scenes: Tania
Close Reading Of Between My Father And The King By Janet Frame: Tania
Experimenting And Experimental Short Stories: Tania
Publishing Short Stories: Tania
Short Story Competitions - How To Make Your Story Stand Out: Tania
60 Favourite Short Stories: Tania And Courttia
50 Favourite Collections: Tania And Courttia
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Hershman and Courttia Newland explore the craft (even that word is challenged) through their own experiences of writing and reading short stories. In place of rules, they offer advice. Times Literary Supplement
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Hershman and Courttia Newland explore the craft (even that word is challenged) through their own experiences of writing and reading short stories. In place of rules, they offer advice. * Times Literary Supplement * This is a comprehensive 'go to' book for anyone wishing to write and study the short story. A mine of information jointly written and edited by two contemporary writers who know this form well. * Monique Roffey * The writing throughout is exceptionally accessible yet clearly shows the writers' expertise. The information is useful and comprehensive. Throughout are suggestions for reading great short stories to see what works. Last are lists of sixty favorite short stories and fifty collections, a great bibliography, and an index. This is a must-have book for fiction writers. * San Francisco Book Review *
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About Courttia Newland

Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction. His latest, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films as TV Serial for the BBC. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award and The Frank O' Conner award, as well as numerous others. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4. He is Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and is completing a PhD in Creative Writing.

Tania Hershman is an award-winning writer of short and very short stories which have been widely published in print and online and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Her first collection, The White Road and other Stories (2008) was commended, 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. Her second, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (2012), contains 56 very short fictions and was longlisted for the 2012 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Tania is founding editor of The Short Review, curator-in-chief of UK & Ireland short story hub ShortStops, and regularly teaches workshops on short fiction and using science as inspiration. Her website is www.taniahershman.com
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