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*** indicate selections new to this edition. CHAPTER 1 Invitation to the writer You . . . . . . and writing . . . . . . and reading. . . . . . and this book . . . . . . and your journal . . . JOURNAL EXCERPTSAyelet Waldeman*** Billy Collins ***Cris Mazza ***Patricia Henley*** Philip Graham*** A word about your workshop . . . PART I The Elements of Craft CHAPTER 2 Image Image and Imagination Concrete, Significant Details Figures of Speech READINGSCreative Nonfiction Annie DillardfromHeaven and Earth in JestDavid SedarisWhat I Learned ***Fiction Nadine GordimerThe Diamond Mine Poems Roger Bonair-AgardAmerican history looks for light-a prayer for the survival of Barak Obama ***Billy CollinsSnow Day Yusef KomunyakaaFacing It Drama Don NigroCome into the Garden, Maud *** CHAPTER 3 Voice Your Voice Persona Character Voice Point of View READINGSCreative Nonfiction Alice WalkerBeauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self Warren J. BoweGuns for Teachers ***Calvin TrillinRock Threat Subsides ***Fiction Thomas McGuaneCowboy ***Jorge Luis BorgesThe Book of Sand ***Poems William TrowbridgeKong Looks Back on His Tryout with the Bears SianB. GriffithsFistful ***Matt BondurantThe Pathos of Charles Schultz ***Barbara HambyOde to American English ***Drama Jane MartinFrench Fries CHAPTER 4 Character As Desire As Image As Voice As Action As Thought As Presented by the Author As Conflict Stock and Flat Characters READINGSCreative Nonfiction Stuart DybekThread ***Lois-Ann YamanakaJohnJohn's World ***Fiction Alice MonroePrue ***Gabriel Garcia Marquez The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World ***Poems Theodore RoethkeI Knew a Woman Carole Simmons OlesStonecarver Allen GinsbergTo Aunt Rose Elizabeth JenningsOne Flesh Ted KooserTattoo ***Drama Alan BennettBed Among the Lentils *** CHAPTER 5 Setting As the World As a Camera As Mood and Symbol As Action READINGSCreative Nonfiction Joan DidionAt the Dam Paul TherouxThe Slow Train to Kandy ***Fiction Donald BarthelmeThe School Angela CarterThe Werewolf ***Poems ShermanAlexieAt Navajo Monument Valley Tribal School Heather McHughEarthmoving Malediction Philip ApplemanNobody Dies in the Spring ***Yusef KomunyakaaNude Interrogation Drama David IvesThe Philadelphia CHAPTER 6 Story As a Journey As a Power Struggle As Connection and Disconnection READINGSCreative Nonfiction Patricia HamplRed Sky in the Morning Fiction David Foster WallaceIncarnations of Burned Children ***Naguib MahfouzHalf a Day ***Poems Robert HassA Story About the Body Albert GoldbarthColumbine High School/Littleton, CO Ellen Bryant VoigtShort Story Maxine KuminWoodchucks Li - Young LeeThe Hammock Drama Michael GolamcoHeartbreaker *** CHAPTER 7 Development And Revision Developing a Draft Structuring Research Revision Editing The Workshop EXAMPLESElizabeth Bishop: First and Final Drafts of One Art Patty Seyburn: Anatomy of Disorder ***Janet Burroway: The Opening of Indian Dancer: A Revision Narrative Mark Vinz: The Penitent ***Rita Mae Reese: A History of Glass *** PART II THE GENRES CHAPTER 8 Creative Nonfiction The Essay and Creative Nonfiction Memoir and the Personal Essay Techniques of Creative Nonfiction Fact and Truth READINGSGayle PembertonDo He Have Your Number, Mr. Jeffrey? Margaret AtwoodThe Female Body S. L. WisenbergMargot's Diary ***Studs TerkelJack Culberg, 79 ***Creative Nonfiction Format CHAPTER 9 Fiction Story and Plot Scene and Summary Backstory and Flashback Text and Subtext READINGSAmy BloomThe Story Ernest HemingwayA Very Short Story ***Tobias WolffPowder ***Ron CarlsonBigfoot Stole My Wife Fiction Format CHAPTER 10 Poetry Formal and Free Verse Working with Sound The Poetic Line Imagery, Connotation, and Metaphor Density and Intensity READINGSGerald SternColumbiathe Gem Sound: Verbal and Nonverbal The Ten-Minute Play Some Notes on Screenwriting READINGSAnton ChekhovThe Proposal ***Jose RiveraGas Alice O ' NeillWhat I Came For ***Lanford WilsonEukiah Drama Format Appendix A: Basic Prosody Appendix B: Line Editing Glossary Credits Index

About the Author

JANET BURROWAY is the author of plays, poetry, essays, children's books, and eight novels including The Buzzards, Raw Silk (runner up for the National Book Award), Opening Nights, Cutting Stone, and Bridge of Sand. Her publications include a collection of personal essays, "Embalming Mom," in addition to a volume of poetry, Material Goods, and two children's books in verse, The Truck on the Track and The Giant Jam Sandwich. Her most recent plays, Medea with Child (The Reva Shiner Award), Sweepstakes, Division of Property (Arts & Letters Award), and Parts of Speech, have received readings and productions in NewYork, London, San Francisco, Hollywood, Chicago, and various regional theatres. Her textbook Writing Fiction, now in its eighth edition, is the most widely used creative writing text in the United States. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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