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Anthology for Creative Writers, An: A Garden of Forking Paths, 1st edition

  • Beth Anstandig
  • Eric Killough

Published by Pearson (February 15th 2006) - Copyright © 2007

1st edition


ISBN-13: 9780131135017

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  1. An Anthology for Creative Writers: A Garden of Forking Paths is a multi-genre literary anthology with extensive selections of contemporary poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, alternative forms, and essays about writing and the creative process. 

The text also features activities and other apparatus for the composition of original work. 



To learn more, visit The Creative Café online.  In the Creative Café you can:

  • Watch video clips of contemporary writers discussing their writing process
  • Hone your own writing techniques
  • Learn insider tips on getting published…. and much more. 

The Creative Café is packed with resources for the aspiring writer, including various links to literary journals and the nation’s top writing programs.  Go to www.prenhall.com/creativecafe

Table of contents

Beth Anstandig and Eric Killough

Table of Contents

Section One


More Than Just the Truth:  Creative Non-Fiction


I. Discussion of the Genre


II. A Quintessential: “The Undertaking” by Thomas Lynch


III. Reading Selections


Mitch Albom “The Ninth Tuesday:  We Talk About How Love Goes On”

Dave Barry  “Borrrinnng!”

Charles Bowden  “Tortoises”

Bernard Cooper  “101 Ways to Cook Hamburger”

Andre Dubus “A Woman in April”

Lars Eighner “Austin to Tucson:  Hitting the Road”

Vivian Gornick from “Fierce Attachments”

Jim Harrison “Eat or Die”

Donald Hall  “To Read Fiction”

Linda Hogan “Walking”

Nick Hornby “Home Debut”

Mary Karr from “The Liar’s Club”

Tony Kushner “American Things”

Ursula K. Le Guin  “Winged:  The Creatures on My Mind”

Barry Lopez  “Children in the Woods”

Nancy Mairs  “On Being a Cripple”

Chris Offutt from “The Same River Twice”

Sharman Apt Russell “Not a Butterfly”

David Sedaris “The Youth in Asia”

Sarah Vowell “Shooting Dad”


IV. Catalysts


1.         The Autobiographical Object


2.         Pushing a Metaphor to its Limits


3.         Finding Humor in Heartache


Section Two


  Telling Tales:  Short Fiction



I. Discussion of the Genre


II. A Quintessential: “A Private Landscape”by Melissa Pritchard


III. Reading Selections


Kim Addonizio “In the Box Called Pleasure”

Sherman Alexie “Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw

     Jimi Hendrix Play 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Woodstock”

Donald Barthelme “A Shower of Gold”

Ron Carlson “Bigfoot Stole My Wife”/“I am Bigfoot”

Angela Cart

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