Serious Daring

Creative Writing in Four Genres

Author: Lisa Roney

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199941629

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 608

View: 1197

Top Three Reasons to Adopt This Book * Flexible Structure. This innovative text features a flexible organization that allows for different course structures and various teaching approaches. * Practical Lessons. In addition to a comprehensive introduction to Creative Writing craft, the book provides practical tips and poses questions to prepare students for continuing their writing lives long term. * Fresh Readings. The anthology offers up a fresh mix of classic and newer reading selections that promote step-by-step instruction in the craft and encourage further discussion.

Attack of the Copula Spiders

Essays on Writing

Author: Douglas Glover

Publisher: Biblioasis

ISBN: 1926845471

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 2804

A GLOBE & MAIL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR 2012 “Glover is a master of narrative structure.” —Wall Street Journal In the tradition of E.M. Forster, John Gardner, and James Wood, Douglas Glover has produced a book on writing at once erudite, anecdotal, instructive, and amusing. Attack of the Copula Spiders represents the accumulated wisdom of a remarkable literary career: novelist, short story writer, essayist, teacher and mentor, Glover has for decades been asking the vital questions. How does the way we read influence the way we write? What do craft books fail to teach aspiring writers about theme, about plot and subplot, about constructing point of view? How can we maintain drama on the level of the sentence—and explain drama in the sentences of others? What is the relationship of form and art? How do you make words live? Whether his subject is Alice Munro, Cervantes, or the creative writing classroom, Glover’s take is frank and fresh, demonstrating again and again that graceful writers must first be strong readers. This collection is a call-to-arms for all lovers of English, and Attack of the Copula Spiders our best defense against the assaults of a post-literate age. Douglas Glover is the award-winning author of five story collections, four novels, and two works of non-fiction. He is currently on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program. Praise for Douglas Glover "So sharp, so evocative, that the reader sees well beyond the tissue of words into ... the author's poetic grace." - The New Yorker "Glover invents his own assembly of critical approaches and theories that is eclectic, personal, scholarly, and smart ... a direction for future literary criticism to take." - The Denver Quarterly "A ribald, raunchy wit with a talent for searing self-investigation." - The Globe and Mail "Knotty, intelligent, often raucously funny." - Maclean's "Passionately intricate." - The Chicago Tribune "Darkly humorous, simultaneously restless and relentless." - Kirkus Reviews

Outstanding Short Plays, Volume Three

Author: Craig Pospisil

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 0822235595

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 163

View: 8853

52ND TO BOWERY TO COBBLE HILL, IN BROOKLYN by Chiara Atik. Halle hails a taxi after a party, when Alison, her aggressively bubbly friend, pushes into the cab too. It’s clear Halle didn’t want to ride with her, but she puts up with it until Alison asks if she’s mad at her, so Halle comes right out and tells her “I just don’t like you very much.” (2 women.) ANNIVERSARY SEASON by Jenny Lyn Bader. Zoe and Matt got married during hurricane season, and each year when their anniversary rolls around they seem to battle each other or prepare for another storm. Will their marriage last? Will they remember their anniversary? Will the power be knocked out again? (1 man, 1 woman.) CAPTURING THE FORT by Arlene Hutton. Carrie and Michael are US Marines on security duty in a desert war zone. They would seem to have little in common. Michael seems to be “one of the boys,” and Carrie is married with a husband back home. But with little to do but talk, these two soldiers begin to connect. (1 man, 1 woman.) CARRIE & FRANCINE by Ruby Rae Spiegel. Carrie, 13, asks her friend Francine to help her get ready for a make-out session at a bar mitzvah. Having seen too many Girls Gone Wild videos, Carrie thinks she’s the right age to go wild herself. These girls can be cruel and talk like truck drivers, but there’s an odd innocence to them as well. And somehow, they may be okay in the end. (3 women.) DISSONANCE by Craig Pospisil. Tricia returns to the Berkshires to deal with her mother’s death following a battle with Alzheimer’s, but at the funeral home she collides with Fitz, a prodigy and former piano student of her mother’s, with secrets of his own, who challenges her choices. (1 man, 1 woman.) INTO YOU by Lee Blessing. A week after being drugged and raped at a frat party, Molly brings home a drunken man from another party. She doesn’t know him. She doesn’t know who raped her. But she plans to exact her revenge on him. (1 man, 3 women.) MERCURY IS PERPETUALLY IN RETROGRADE SO STOP WORRYING ABOUT IT by Kara Lee Corthron. Polly’s life is great. Her mother just sent her two tickets to Wicked. What could go wrong? Then her boyfriend breaks up with her. And her best friend does too. And her mother changes her phone number. And that’s just the start of things… (1 man, 3 women.) NAPOLEON IN EXILE by Daniel Reitz. A single mother, sick with cancer, struggles to talk to her low-functioning twenty-five-year-old son with Asperger’s about how he might take care of himself when she’s gone. (1 man, 1 woman.) ON THE MENU by Rob Ackerman. A mother tries to talk to her fourteen-year-old daughter about sex before she goes off to culinary camp for the summer. The daughter—of course—wants nothing to do with this conversation. But her mother persists, until the daughter finds a way to turn the tables on her. (2 women.) RULES OF COMEDY by Patricia Cotter. Caroline is really, really not funny. Which is why she hires Guy, a stand-up comedian with some hang-ups of his own, to teach her how to tell jokes. But it turns out that they both have things to learn from one another, about life as well as laughter. (1 man, 1 woman.) A SWEET AND BITTER PROVIDENCE by Julia Jordan. Late at night, outside their father’s hospital room, Molly, Grace, and Lucy argue about which of them should tell their brother Sam to break up with “that girl” they can’t stand. It seems catty, but they love their brother and their family. And they may be right. (1 man, 3 women.)

Some Fun

Stories and a Novella

Author: Antonya Nelson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743218736

Category: Fiction

Page: 237

View: 3141

Seven short stories and a novella depict the impact of illness, addiction, and divorce on family life, often focusing on the inner lives of troubled teenagers.

Congratulations on Your Martyrdom!

Author: Zachary Tyler Vickers

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253019850

Category: Fiction

Page: 202

View: 1162

Searing, troubling, and funny, these revolutionary, linked stories flit and dart among the shadows of small town life, and the touching and heartbreaking characters that occupy it. Employees use roadkill instead of faux pelts during a build-a-critter battle for mall supremacy. Former band geeks are harassed with mutilated musical instruments and then murdered. The collection is haunted by allusions to a fatal cannonball jump that crescendos in the explosive final story. An extraordinary addition to the canon of gonzo fiction, Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! introduces Zachary Tyler Vickers as an exciting new author whose unflinching prose grabs you and won’t let go.

Changing Creative Writing in America

Strengths, Weaknesses, Possibilities

Author: Prof. Graeme Harper

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 178309883X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

View: 9017

In this compelling collection of essays contributors critically examine Creative Writing in American Higher Education. Considering Creative Writing teaching, learning and knowledge, the book recognizes historical strengths and weaknesses. The authors cover topics ranging from the relationship between Creative Writing and Composition and Literary Studies to what it means to write and be a creative writer; from new technologies and neuroscience to the nature of written language; from job prospects and graduate study to the values of creativity; from moments of teaching to persuasive ideas and theories; from interdisciplinary studies to the qualifications needed to teach Creative Writing in contemporary Higher Education. Most of all it explores the possibilities for the future of Creative Writing as an academic subject in America.

Beautiful Zero

Poems

Author: Jennifer Willoughby

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571319425

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

View: 2768

Incantatory, intimate, and incendiary, the poems of this award-winning debut are filled with explosive wit and humor like “a knife you don’t see coming.” A kaleidoscopic intelligence flows through Beautiful Zero, embracing forms of culture high and low in effort to finding meaning in the chaos. Poems about Shark Week and college football sit beside Roman Polanski and biting critiques of modern war. A series of poems set in a Kaiser Permanente hospital tear into the world of privatized health care while simultaneously charting a story of love in the face of catastrophe. Yet even at her most surreal, Willoughby always finds the pulsing heart at the core of the poem. She embraces what she cannot understand about both the world and herself because after all, “Nothing is as random as they say it is. / You were born the weirdo that you are.”

We Can't Help It If We're from Florida

New Stories from a Sinking Peninsula

Author: Shane Hinton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781941681763

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 184

View: 4036

Florida is more than just fodder for hard-boiled crime novels and zany farces. This anthology of new stories and essays challenges a star-studded line up of current and former Floridians to write about the state through a literary lens, though not without the requisite weirdness. The Florida within this book contains: lightning, oil spills, road rage, a lizard tied to a balloon, swimmers, sleepwalkers, characters that love Florida, characters that hate Florida, and at least three sinkholes. Featuring new work by: Lidia Yuknavitch, Sarah Gerard, Kevin Moffett, Laura van den Berg, Lindsay Hunter, John Brandon, Jaquira Díaz, Alissa Nutting & so many more!

The Brightest Star in the Sky

A Novel

Author: Marian Keyes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101189878

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 1316

A wry and life-affirming tale-and the Irish literary star's latest New York Times bestseller. Marian Keyes's inimitable blend of rollicking humor, effervescent prose, and captivating stories that deal with real-life issues have won readers around the globe. Reminiscent of the blockbuster movie Love, Actually, her new novel The Brightest Star in the Sky, features seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit descends on 66 Star Street to radically transform at least one person's life in the Dublin town house. With the comic appeal of Nick Hornby's novels and delicious drama akin to Jane Green, The Brightest Star in the Sky will keep readers guessing, laughing, gasping, and in tears until the very last page.

Who Said

Author: Jennifer Michael Hecht

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN: 1556594496

Category: Poetry

Page: 99

View: 7586

Hecht repurposes texts and creates a magic echo chamber, bringing the lines and lyrics of long-gone friends to the table.

The Open Door

One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of "Poetry" Magazine

Author: Don Share,Christian Wiman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226750701

Category: Poetry

Page: 213

View: 6579

A celebratory anthology of works from Poetry magazine includes pieces by Adrienne Rich, Charles Bukowski, Isaac Rosenberg and many more.

A Long Way Down (Movie Tie-In)

Author: Nick Hornby

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101146796

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 7780

A wise, affecting novel from the beloved, award-winning author of Funny Girl, High Fidelity, and About A Boy. New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line. A Long Way Down is now a major motion picture from Magnolia Pictures starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots. Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances. Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Still Life with Insects

Author: Brian Kiteley

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 1619026503

Category: Fiction

Page: 125

View: 8650

Originally published in 1989 by Ticknor & Fields, Brian Kiteley’s Still Life with Insects is the intensely focused chronicle of Elwyn Farmer, an amateur entomologist, who uses the field notes of his insect sightings to examine and reweave the tattered fragments of his life. In a series of visually powerful and emotionally breathtaking vignettes Kiteley distills the transient beauty of the natural world and lays bare the suffering and joy of one man’s life from his maturity in the post-war years to very old age in the 19809’s. His striking narrative technique aptly captures the experience we all have as we struggle to make sense of what it means to be human in the face of the inevitable passage of time.

The Road

Author: Cormac McCarthy

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307267458

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 1708

NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

The World Broke in Two

Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, and the Year That Changed Literature

Author: Bill Goldstein

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627795294

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 1093

A Lambda Literary Awards Finalist Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR's Book Concierge A revelatory narrative of the intersecting lives and works of revered authors Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism The World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence, make over the course of one pivotal year. As 1922 begins, all four are literally at a loss for words, confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past. The literary ground is shifting, as Ulysses is published in February and Proust’s In Search of Lost Time begins to be published in England in the autumn. Yet, dismal as their prospects seemed in January, by the end of the year Woolf has started Mrs. Dalloway, Forster has, for the first time in nearly a decade, returned to work on the novel that will become A Passage to India, Lawrence has written Kangaroo, his unjustly neglected and most autobiographical novel, and Eliot has finished—and published to acclaim—“The Waste Land." As Willa Cather put it, “The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts,” and what these writers were struggling with that year was in fact the invention of modernism. Based on original research, Bill Goldstein's The World Broke in Two captures both the literary breakthroughs and the intense personal dramas of these beloved writers as they strive for greatness.

A Short Story Writer's Companion

Author: Tom Bailey

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195135558

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

View: 4730

Ideal for anyone interested in writing short stories or for introductory courses in fiction writing, A Short Story Writer's Companion is a highly accessible guide to the craft of creating short fiction. Written in an engaging style, this book enables beginning writers to recognize what works in writing short stories, what doesn't, and why. Part One of A Short Story Writer's Companion discusses fictional truth and significant detail, helping students of the form to make good sense of the often taught creative writing maxim, "Show, don't tell!" Part Two delves into the elements of fiction: character, point of view, plot, setting and time, metaphor, and voice. The author uses specific examples from a variety of widely anthologized short stories to demonstrate how each component functions as a part of the whole and offers advice on the techniques of using each of the elements successfully. Part Three closely examines the fiction-writing process and helps guide writers who may never have written a short story before through drafting, revising, and polishing short stories of their own.

Interactive Digital Narrative

History, Theory and Practice

Author: Hartmut Koenitz,Gabriele Ferri,Mads Haahr,Di?dem Sezen,Tonguç ?brahim Sezen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317668677

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

View: 6864

The book is concerned with narrative in digital media that changes according to user input—Interactive Digital Narrative (IDN). It provides a broad overview of current issues and future directions in this multi-disciplinary field that includes humanities-based and computational perspectives. It assembles the voices of leading researchers and practitioners like Janet Murray, Marie-Laure Ryan, Scott Rettberg and Martin Rieser. In three sections, it covers history, theoretical perspectives and varieties of practice including narrative game design, with a special focus on changes in the power relationship between audience and author enabled by interactivity. After discussing the historical development of diverse forms, the book presents theoretical standpoints including a semiotic perspective, a proposal for a specific theoretical framework and an inquiry into the role of artificial intelligence. Finally, it analyses varieties of current practice from digital poetry to location-based applications, artistic experiments and expanded remakes of older narrative game titles.