Three Genres: The Writing of Literary Prose, Poems and Plays

Paperback | January 27, 2011

byStephen Minot, Diane Thiel

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Three Genres gives students a basic introduction to fiction/ literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama and helps them to develop their creative skills in each area.  Each genre section is self-contained and includes complete works as examples along with helpful advice about how to draw on the variety of techniques they use.  The style is informal, practical, and positive.  Minot and Thiel encourage students to draw on their own experiences and develop skills on their own.

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Three Genres gives students a basic introduction to fiction/ literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama and helps them to develop their creative skills in each area.  Each genre section is self-contained and includes complete works as examples along with helpful advice about how to draw on the variety of techniques they use.  The style is ...

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Stephen Minot’s THREE GENRES provides creative writers with a solid foundation to understand and study fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Full of expert advice and complete works as examples, this classic book is the ultimate guide for creative writers at all levels. Each section is comprehensive, and draws on Professor Minot’...

About Stephen Minot   Stephen Minot, Professor Emeritus of the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, has taught creative writing for over thirty years.  Over the span of his very successful career, Professor Minot authored three novels, two collections of short stories, and three textbooks includi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 27, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

           

 

Preface for Students

Preface for Teachers

 

Part I: TELLING A STORY: LITERARY NONFICTION AND FICTION

 

A. Literary Nonfiction

 

1. Literary Nonfiction: An Overview

2. True Experience

3. Nonfiction in a Reflective Mood

4. Impressions of a Real Place

5. “Westbury Court”: Literary Nonfiction by Edwidge Danticat

6. Creating Your Own Literary Nonfiction

 

B. Fiction

 

7. Fiction: The Freedom to Invent

8. Finding and Shaping Fresh Material

9. “Escapes”: A Story by Ann Hood

10. Viewpoint: Who’s Seeing This?

11. “Rwanda”: A Story by Stephen Minot

12. The Making of a Story

13. Structure: From Scenes to Plot

14. “A Simple Matter of Hunger”: A Story by Sharon Oard Warner

15. Creating Tension

16. Setting: Where am I?

17. “Obst Vw” A Story by Sharon Solwitz

18. Dialogue: The Illusion of Speech

19. Characterization: Creating Credible People

20. Liberating the Imagination

21. Three Flashes of Fiction:

“The Bank Robbery”: A Story by Steven Schutzman

“Stockings”: A Story by Tim O’Brien

“Girl”: A Story by Jamaica Kincaid

22. Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme

23. “Gotta Dance”: A Story by Jackson Jodie Daviss

24. Style and Tone

25. Five Ways to Open Up a Story

26. Troubleshooting Guide: Fiction

 

PART II: THE WRITING OF POETRY   

 

27. What Makes a Poem a Poem?  

 

28. Plunging In: A Selection of Poems  

Robert Frost, “Design”

John Updike, “Winter Ocean”

William Stafford, “Traveling through the Dark”

Carol Oles, “The Gift”

Molly Peacock, “Anger Sweetened”

William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 29”

Lucille Clifton, “What the Mirror Said”

Chora, “After Spring”

Etheridge Knight, “Haiku”

Clement Long, “Always the One Who Loves His Father Most”

Maya Angelou, “This Winter Day”

Barbara Howes, “ The Bay at West Falmouth”

Robley Wilson, “On a Maine Beach”

James Bertram, “Is it Well-Lighted, Papa?”

Theodore Roethke, “The Waking”

Philip Appleman, “Coast to Coast”

E.E. Cummings, “Buffalo Bill’s”

Maxine Kumin, “Morning Swim”

Rhina Espaillat, “Bilingual/Bilingüe”

Craig Raine, “A Martian Sends a Postcard Home”

Richard Wilbur, “The Pardon”

Nikki Giovanni, “Balances”

Chase Twichell, “Rhymes for Old Age”

Donald Hall, “Names of Horses”

Joy Harjo, “She Had Some Horses”

Naomi Shihab Nye, “Famous”

Stephen Dunn, “A Secret Life”

Dorothy Barresi, “Mystery”

Theodore Deppe, “The Paradise of Wings”

Thomas McGrath, “Nuclear Winter”

Anita Endrezze, “The Mapmaker’s Daughter”

 

29. Sources: Where Poems Come From

30. The Impact of Images  

31. Using the Sound of Language 

32. Traditional Rhythms 

 

33. Stanzas: a Choice of Fixed Forms  

 

34. Free Verse: Creating Unique Forms  

 

35. A Sense of Order  

 

36. Varieties of Tone  

 

37. Finding the Form: A Revision Narrative with Exercises

Diane Thiel, “Memento Mori in Middle School”

 

38. Poems for Self-study  

Paula Gunn Allen, “Grandmother”

Joseph Bruchac, “Indian Country Again”

Christopher Buckley, “Intransitive”

Andrea Hollander Budy, “Burning the Letters”

David Curry, “To Those Who Are Programming Computers to Produce Poetry”

Jim Daniels, “Short-order Cook”

Dana Gioia, “California Hills in August”

R.S. Gwynn, “Shakespearean Sonnet”

Judy Kronenfield, “Maiden Voyages”

April Linder, “Dog Bite”

Rita Marie Martinez, “Going Bananas”

Edna St. Vincent Millay, “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed”

Maurya Simon, “The Afterlife”

Pireeni Sundara lingham, “Lot’s Wives”

Jenniver Tseng, “Autobiography of an Immigrant”

Carolyn Beard Whitlow, “Rockin’ a Man Stone Blind”

David Young, “Love Song for Chloe”

 

39. Troubleshooting Guide: Poetry  

 

 

PART III: THE WRITING OF DRAMA

 

40. Drama: A Live Performance

 

41.  A Play by William Saroyan: “Hello Out There”

 

42. The Dramatic Plot

 

43. A Play by Tony Padilla: “Reckoning”

 

44. Conflict: Emotional Impact

 

45. A Play by Glenn Alterman, “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda”

 

46. The Nonrealistic Play

 

47. Dramatic Characterization

 

48. Visual Impact

 

49. The Voices of Comedy

 

50. Dramatic Themes

 

51. Five Dramatic Exercises

 

52. Troubleshooting Guide: Drama

 

 

APPENDICES

 

A. Submitting Work for Publication

 

B. Resources for Writers

 

 

CREDITS

 

INDEX OF AUTHORS AND TITLES

 

GLOSSARY-INDEX