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"Writing Fiction is a boon for established and aspiring writers alike—a thorough explication of the craft. Unlike superficial 'How-Tos,' Gotham Writers' Workshop doesn't promise the moon, but provides terrific, challenging in-flight instructions instead."
-Katherine Hall Page
 author of the Faith Fairchild mystery series
"A valuable book for aspiring writers and aspiring teachers. The Gotham approach to fiction writing is smart, first-rate, and practical—I highly recommend this text."
-Jonathan Ames
 author of The Extra Man
"Writing Fiction is unlike any so-called 'creative writing' text I've encountered. It deals with any question a fictioneer at any level of development might have, but in a refreshing, nuts-and-bolts manner. This book has a vividness that somehow captures the excitement and fellowship in good writers' workshops. I've clearly found a new book to use in my own writing classes. This is a fine guide."
-Chuck Kinder
 Writing Program Director, University of Pittsburgh
"Here is an honest, engaging guide with lessons every writer, at any stage, will benefit from. I read it just after I'd finished writing my second book. Now I'm inspired to begin a third."
-Jhumpa Lahiri
 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies
"The strength of this book is its accessibility: it explains all the basics of writing fiction in a simple, easy-to-understand manner that doesn't intimidate"

 The Writer
"Writing Fiction is at once a utilitarian guide to writing and a capacious consideration of literature, breaking the best of modern-era fiction into its principal parts. It's an incredible book, not just for the aspiring writer but for the ardent reader as well."
-Michael Ray
 Senior Editor, Zoetrope: All-Story
Writing Fiction
Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide
About Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide
Table of Contents & Excerpts
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See also:
Fiction Gallery: Exceptional Short Stories
Writing Movies: The Practical Guide

About Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide

Gotham Writers Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing. And they have brought their teaching excellence to this book, Writing Fiction.

The perfect companion guide to any creative writing class, the book includes:

  • The fundamental elements of fiction craft—character, plot, point of view, etc.—explained clearly and completely
  • Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction
  • The complete text of “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver—a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book
  • Exercises that let you immediately apply what you learn to your own writing

Written by Gotham Writers Workshop’s expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Fiction offers many of the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim. Once you’ve read—and written—your way through this book, you’ll have a command of craft that will enable you to turn your ideas into effective short stories and novels.

This book pairs very well with Fiction Gallery.

Save $40 on Tuition

New students can save $40 on tuition for their first 10-week class when they purchase Writing Fiction. See book for details.

Table of Contents & Excerpts
     1. Fiction: The What, How, and Why of It   by Alexander Steele
     2. Character: Casting Shadows   by Brandi Reissenweber
     3. Plot: A Question of Focus   by David Harris Ebenbach
     4. Point of View: The Complete Menu   by Valerie Vogrin
     5. Description: To Picture in Words   by Chris Lombardi
     6. Dialogue: Talking It Up   by Allison Amend
     7. Setting and Pacing: I'm Here Therefore I Am   by Caren Gussoff
     8. Voice: The Sound of a Story   by Hardy Griffin
     9. Theme: So What's Your Story Really About?   by Terry Bain
     10. Revision: Real Writers Revise   by Peter Selgin
     11. The Business of Writing: Driving Yourself Nuts For Fun and Profit   by Corene Lemaitre
     12. Sample Writing Exercises: Your Turn

     Publishers Weekly, August 2003
     The Writer, April 2004   by Chuck Leddy
     The Village Voice, August 6-12, 2003   by Jeff Byles

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