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Imaginative Writing, 4th edition

  • Janet Burroway

Published by Pearson (October 30th 2014) - Copyright © 2015

4th edition

Imaginative Writing

ISBN-13: 9780134053240

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KEY BENEFIT: Written by bestselling author Janet Burroway, Imaginative Writing—an introduction to creative writing—covers all four genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama.  The elements of craft common to all creative writing are discussed before delving into the individual genres. 


 KEY TOPICS: Each of the first five chapters investigates a specific element of craft–Image, Voice, Character, Setting, and Story–from a perspective that crosses all genres. Integrated readings from talented and renowned writers illustrate the chapter topics. Chapter 6 explores development and revision and serves as a bridge between the craft chapters and the genre chapters–Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. This unique organization allows writers to experiment with creative techniques shared by all genres before deciding which form best suits their imagination.  The last four chapters examine individual genres: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.


MARKET: Aspiring creative writers — of creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, or drama.

Table of contents


Chapter 1 Invitation to the Writer

You …

… and writing …

… and reading …

… and this book …

… and your journal …

Journal Excerpts

        Ayelet Waldman

        Billy Collins

        Cris Mazza

        Patricia Henley

        Philip Graham

A word about your workshop …


Part I  The Elements of Craft

Chapter 2 Image

Image and Imagination

Concrete, Significant Details

Figures of Speech


Creative Nonfiction

        Annie Dillard

                from Heaven and Earth in Jest

        David Sedaris

                Standing By


        Tobias Wolff

                Bullet in the Brain

        Jamaica Kincaid



        Roger Bonair-Agard

                American History looks for light—a prayer for the survival of Barack Obama

        Billy Collins

                Snow Day

Yusef Komunyakaa

        Facing It


        Jane Martin

                French Fries

Chapter 3 Voice

Your Voice



Character Voice

Point of View


Creative Nonfiction

        Alice Walker

                Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self


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