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On Teaching and Writing Fiction

by Wallace Stegner

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On Teaching and Writing Fiction by Wallace Stegner is a perfect little book, and it is as much for readers as it is for writers. The essay on profanity is one of the best things I have ever read. Here is a sample: "If I habitually say shit before a lady, what do I say before a flat tire at rush hour in Times Square or on the San Francisco Bay Bridge? What do I say before a revelation of the inequity of the universe? And what if the lady takes the bit in her teeth and says shit before me?" I almost want to sit down and read it all over again right away. ( )
  carlym | Feb 7, 2015 |
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Wallace Stegner founded the acclaimed Stanford Writing Program-a program whose alumni include such literary luminaries as Larry McMurtry, Robert Stone, and Raymond Carver. Here Lynn Stegner brings together eight of Stegner's previously uncollected essays-including four never-before-published pieces -on writing fiction and teaching creative writing. In this unique collection he addresses every aspect of fiction writing-from the writer's vision to his or her audience, from the use of symbolism to swear words, from the mystery of the creative process to the recognizable truth it seeks finally to reveal. His insights will benefit anyone interested in writing fiction or exploring ideas about fiction's role in the broader culture.

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