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Metro: Journeys in Writing Creatively, 1st edition

  • Hans Ostrom
  • Wendy Bishop
  • Katharine Haake

Published by Pearson (July 17th 2000) - Copyright © 2001

1st edition

Metro: Journeys in Writing Creatively

ISBN-13: 9780321011329

Includes: Paperback
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Metro is a unique multi-genre creative writing book that provides exercises and prompts to help readers move beyond terms and concepts to active writing. KEY TOPICS: By using "guided writing," the authors help the reader through the creative processes in fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. A mini-anthology with relevant exercises makes this sourcebook complete. MARKET: For anyone interested in enhancing their creative writing skills.

Table of contents

Prologue: Concerning Writing-Exercises and Ways to Approach Them.


1. Riding the Blue Line—Reading.

Getting Started.

Of Reading.

Fitting Yourself into the Conversation of Writing You Love.

Reading Yourself.

And How About Your Reading Habits?

Your Own Canon.

Reading Your Times: When You Came to Be.

Reading Home: Organizing and Developing Memories.

Correspondences: Imitation and Inspiration.

Collecting Epigraphs for a Textual Mosaic.

Writing Provocations: Responding to Other Writing.

Eight Steps for Inhabiting and Transforming a Poem.

Travels With the Essay.

Reading and Writing Out of Other Art.

History as a Collaboration of Fact and Imagination.

Shadows, Doubles, and Others.

Can You Name That Epiphany?

The Narrow Road to Mixing Genres.

Reading Form as a Product of Perspective.

Reading and Writing in the Workshop.

Responding to, Evaluating, and Grading Alternative Style.
2. Riding the Green Line—Invention.

Getting Started.

Dislodge the Icon of "The Writer".

Narrative Anxiety Cure-All (Not Sold In Stores).

Coming to Our Overlooked Senses.

Taste: Writing About Food and Family.

Sounds and Smells.

Places and Things.

The Familiar Place as Frontier: Seeing the Rare in the Ordinary.

Beginning with Nostalgia: Lost Childhood Places.

Places, Memories, Desires.

The Text(ure) of Public Places.

Writing About or With Objects.

Writing from Expertise, Not Just From Experience.

Language and Form.

The Power of Names.

Writing From Your Name: An Introductory Poem (an Acrostic).

First Words of Stories: This Sentence, These Words.

The Perfect Grammar of Form: Finding Your Own Ideal Form.

Nonsense and Sound Poems: Demystifying Formal Verse.

Burrowing: Writing That Springs from Language Itself.

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