Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres

Paperback | December 16, 2014

byLisa Roney

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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.

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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...

Lisa Roney is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceTo InstructorsTo StudentsAcknowledgmentsPart I. Craft Matters1. Serious Daring-First: Steps on the Writer's PathMotivationsSources of MaterialGetting StartedPathwaysGuidepost: Directions You Might Go- Destination: Poetry- Main Features of Poetry- Questions about Your Poetry2. Imagery and Figurative LanguageConcrete and abstract language- John Haines, "On the Mountain"Accuracy and freshness- Rae Armantrout, "Home Federal"Denotation and connotationFigurative language- Table 2.1: TropesPathwaysGuidepost: Risk-taking3. Sound and RhythmBreath and rhythmChoosing soundsRepetition and Sound Patterns- Yusef Komunyakaa, "Salt"- Table 3.1: Sentence-Level SchemesMusicalityPathwaysGuidepost: Timing4. FormBreaking lines, Making Stanzas- Table 4.1: Enjambed and End-Stopped Lines in Lynn Emanuel's "The Out-of-Body Experience"Free VerseMeter- Table 4.2: Poetic feet- James Tate, "Miss Cho Composes in the Cafeteria"Poetic forms- Richard Frost, "For a Brother"Prose formsPathwaysGuidepost: Adaptability- Destination: Creative Nonfiction- Main Features of Creative Nonfiction- Questions about Your Creative Nonfiction5. MemoryChanging Views of MemoirThe Rise of MemoirPersonal Memory as Literary ToolMemory and ImaginationPathwaysGuidepost: Self-Awareness6. ResearchMoving Out from Autobiographical MaterialMethods and MeansPersonal EssaysLiterary journalism and ImmersionEthicsResearch in Poetry, Fiction, and DramaPathwaysGuidepost: Curiosity- Destination: Fiction- Main Features of Fiction- Questions about Your Fiction7. Description and SettingWorlds on PagesSetting as CharacterScene, Summary, and Exposition- Table 7.1: Examples of Scene, Summary, and ExpositionSpecial Concerns in ScriptsPathwaysGuidepost: Attentiveness8. CharacterMethods of characterizationDepth of characterSecondary charactersPathwaysGuidepost: Empathy9. PlotConflictsNarrative Arcs- Figure 9.1: Freytag's pyramid variationsMoving around in timePlot and WorldviewPathwaysGuidepost: Foresight10. Point of View and VoiceFirst, Second, and Third personNarrative distanceTable 10.1: Points of ViewUnreliable NarratorsVoice vs. CharacterPathwaysGuidepost: Individuality- Destination: Plays- Main Features of Plays- Questions About Your Plays11. Action and DialogueActionHow Dialogue WorksTable 11.1: Modes of DialogueDialogue and Action in ConcertThe Objective CorrelativePathwaysGuidepost: Listening Skills12. PerformanceTheatricalityTable 12.1: Stage DirectionsOne Script, Many PerformancesDistinctions between Stage and ScreenPerforming Poetry and ProsePathwaysGuidepost: Collaborative spirit- Destination: Hybrid Forms and Emerging Media- Main Features of These Forms- Questions About Writing in Hybrid Forms and Emerging MediaPart II. Writing Life Matters13. Reading as a WriterReading: The Crucial FactorHow to Read as a WriterTwo case studies: Hemingway and Wojahn- Ernest Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants"- David Wojahn, "Cold Glow: Icehouses"Pathways14. After BrainstormingWhy we workshopHow we workshop- Table 14.1: Types of CommentaryRevisionPathways15. The Literary vs. Genre DebateGenre fiction and Academic ValuesThe Many Roles of Writers in SocietyLiterary QualitiesMelodrama, Sentimentality, and StereotypePathways16. The Writing LifeProfession or Avocation?How Writers Make a LivingCharting Your Own FuturePathwaysPart III. AnthologyAgee, James. "Knoxville: Summer, 1915" (fiction)Alexie, Sherman. "Superman and Me" (on writing)Ali, Agha Shahid. "Stars" (poetry)Alvarez, Lynne. "On Sundays" (drama)Armantrout, Rae. "Home Federal" (poem included in Chapter 2)Becker, Robin. "The Children's Concert" (poetry)Block, Mary. "Moving Song" (poetry)Blumenthal, Michael. "On Not Bringing Your Mother to Creative Writing Class" (on writing)Borden, William. "The Blues Street Jazz Club Rehearses" (drama)Byrne, James. "Sestina for R" (poetry)Calvino, Italo. "All at One Point" (fiction)Cofer, Judith Ortiz. "The Changeling" (poetry)Cortazar, Julio. "Letter to a Young Lady in Paris" (fiction)Diaz, Junot. "Edison, New Jersey" (fiction)Dillard, Annie. "Total Eclipse" (creative nonfiction)Dischell, Stuart. "She Put Her Lipstick on in the Dark." (poetry)Doctorow, E. L. Excerpt from World's Fair (fiction)Dubus, Andre, III. "Tracks and Ties" (creative nonfiction)Emanuel, Lynn. "Out of Body Experience" (poetry)Erdrich, Louise. "Saint Marie" (fiction)Fill, Simon. "Night Visits" (drama)Fowler, Connie May. "Connie May Is Going to Win the Lottery This Week" (on writing)Frost, Richard. "For a Brother" (poetry included in Chapter 4)Gallagher, Tess. "Ode to My Father" (on writing, poetry)Gilmour, Sherine. "Little Boys" (poetry)Gutkind, Lee. "Teeth" (creative nonfiction)Hadas, Rachel. "Mnemonic." (poetry)Haines, John. "On the Mountain" (poetry included in Chapter 2)Hayes, Terrance. "The Golden Shovel" (poetry)Hemingway, Ernest. "Hills Like White Elephants." (fiction included in Chapter 13)Hoagland, Tony. "America" (poetry)Hodgman, Ann. "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch" (creative nonfiction)Joudah, Fady. "Sleeping Trees" (poetry)Komunyakaa, Yusef. "Salt" (poetry included in Chapter 3)Kuusisto, Stephen. "Letter from Venice" (creative nonfiction)Levis, Larry. "At the Grave of My Guardian Angel: St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans" (poetry)Li, Yiyun. "Son" (fiction)Markarian, Michele. "Phoning It In" (drama)McPherson, Sandra. "To a Penny Postcard, CO 1911" (poetry)Minot, Susan. "Hiding" (fiction)Moore, Dinty W. "Son of Mr. Green Jeans: A Meditation on Missing Fathers." (creative nonfiction)Morrison, Toni. "Peril" (on writing)Moses, Itamar. "Men's Intuition" (drama)Mueller, Lisel. "Spell for a Traveler" (poetry)Mullen, Harryette. "Tree" (poetry)Neruda, Pablo. "Your Feet" (poetry)O'Brien, Tim. "How to Tell a True War Story" (fiction)Offut, Chris. "Out of the Woods" (fiction)Ortega, Julio. "Las Papas" (fiction)Ostriker, Alicia Suskin. "The Orange Cat" (poetry)Palmer, Michael. "The Cord" (poetry)Panning, Anne. "Remembering, I Was Not There" (creative nonfiction)Poissant, David James. "The History of Flight" (fiction)Purpura, Lia. "On Looking Away: A Panoramic" (creative nonfiction)Russell, Karen. "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" (fiction)Sedaris, David. "The Drama Bug" (creative nonfiction)Shannon, Christopher. "Apollo (at) Eleven" (poetry)Smock, Frederick. "A Poet's Education" (on writing)Soto, Gary. "What the Wall Street Bailout Means to Me" (poetry)Stokesbury, Leon. "An Unsent Message to My Brother in His Pain" (poetry)Su, Adrienne. "Four Sonnets about Food" (poetry)Swain, Bara. "Critical Care" (drama)Tate, James. "Miss Cho Composes in the Cafeteria" (poetry included in Chapter 4)Thompson, Craig. Excerpt from Carnet de Voyage (graphic narrative)West, Amber. "Pirate's Admonition" (poetry, Petrarchan sonnet)Williams, William Carlos. "Young Sycamore" (poetry)Wojahn, David. "Cold Glow: Icehouses" (poetry included in Chapter 13)Young, Al. "A Little More Traveling Music" (poetry)Zolynas, Al. "Love in the Classroom" (poetry)AppendicesAppendix A: Manuscript Formats- A1: Poetry- A2: Prose- A3: PlaysAppendix B: Verse FormsCreditIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Serious Daring eases the beginning creative writer into the writing craft. Roney writes as the students' advocate as she guides them through the topics and techniques that Creative Writing instructors value most." --Aaron Clark, Brookhaven College