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Meander Spiral Explode by Jane Alison

Title Meander Spiral Explode
Author Jane Alison
Publisher Catapult
Release 2019-04-02
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781948226134
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Doctors don't imitate Galen. Why should writers follow Aristotle? Jane Alison in her fresh, original book about narrative is our new Aristotle." --Edmund White, author of The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading As Jane Alison writes in the introduction to her insightful and appealing book about the craft of writing: "For centuries there's been one path through fiction we're most likely to travel--one we're actually told to follow--and that's the dramatic arc: a situation arises, grows tense, reaches a peak, subsides. . . . But: something that swells and tautens until climax, then collapses? Bit masculo-sexual, no? So many other patterns run through nature, tracing other deep motions in life. Why not draw on them, too?" W. G. Sebald's The Emigrants was the first novel to show Alison how forward momentum can be created by way of pattern, rather than the traditional arc--or, in nature, wave. Other writers of nonlinear prose considered in her "museum of specimens" include Nicholson Baker, Anne Carson, Marguerite Duras, Jamaica Kincaid, Clarice Lispector, Gabriel García Márquez, Susan Minot, David Mitchell, Caryl Phillips, and Mary Robison. Meander, Spiral, Explode is a singular and brilliant elucidation of literary strategies that also brings high spirits and wit to its original conclusions. It is a liberating manifesto that says, Let's leave the outdated modes behind and, in thinking of new modes, bring feeling back to experimentation. It will appeal to serious readers and writers alike.

Meander Spiral Explode by Jane Alison

Title Meander Spiral Explode
Author Jane Alison
Publisher Catapult
Release 2019-04-02
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 272
ISBN 1948226146
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"How lovely to discover a book on the craft of writing that is also fun to read . . . Alison asserts that the best stories follow patterns in nature, and by defining these new styles she offers writers the freedom to explore but with enough guidance to thrive." ―Maris Kreizman, Vulture A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 | A Poets & Writers Best Books for Writers As Jane Alison writes in the introduction to her insightful and appealing book about the craft of writing: “For centuries there’s been one path through fiction we’re most likely to travel― one we’re actually told to follow―and that’s the dramatic arc: a situation arises, grows tense, reaches a peak, subsides . . . But something that swells and tautens until climax, then collapses? Bit masculosexual, no? So many other patterns run through nature, tracing other deep motions in life. Why not draw on them, too?" W. G. Sebald’s Emigrants was the first novel to show Alison how forward momentum can be created by way of pattern, rather than the traditional arc--or, in nature, wave. Other writers of nonlinear prose considered in her “museum of specimens” include Nicholson Baker, Anne Carson, Marguerite Duras, Gabriel García Márquez, Jamaica Kincaid, Clarice Lispector, Susan Minot, David Mitchell, Caryl Phillips, and Mary Robison. Meander, Spiral, Explode is a singular and brilliant elucidation of literary strategies that also brings high spirits and wit to its original conclusions. It is a liberating manifesto that says, Let’s leave the outdated modes behind and, in thinking of new modes, bring feeling back to experimentation. It will appeal to serious readers and writers alike.

All the Words by Kristen Tate

Title All the Words
Author Kristen Tate
Publisher The Blue Garret
Release 2020-02-10
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages
ISBN 1734574208
Language English, Spanish, and French
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If you read one book about writing every week for a year, what would you learn? Thanks to the self-publishing revolution and events like National Novel Writing Month, the genre of writing craft books has exploded in recent years. Book editor Kristen Tate set out to read and review one writing advice book each week for a year, from classics like E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird to newer works like Jane Alison’s Meander, Spiral, Explode and Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. What she discovered was a dizzying array of approaches to writing: plotters who know even the smallest details about characters before they write a word; pantsers who blithely dive right into a draft without a plan; anti-adverb crusaders and advocates for complex sentences; and, always, that the best way to learn is to read the kinds of books you want to write. All the Words is also a meditation on the challenges and pleasures of starting and sustaining a weekly practice of reading, thinking, and writing. It’s an optimistic, encouraging book that will motivate you to keep reading and, most importantly, keep writing.

A Harp in the Stars by Randon Billings Noble

Title A Harp in the Stars
Author Randon Billings Noble
Publisher U of Nebraska Press
Release 2021-10
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 310
ISBN 1496217748
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Randon Billings Noble has collected a range of lyric essays in a variety of forms that showcase the essay’s openness to experimentation, reliance on authentic voice, and potential to explore complex subject matter.

Title The Poets Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer
Author Kevin Larimer
Publisher Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Release 2020-04-07
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 496
ISBN 1982123079
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers. For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. Here is the writing bible for authors of all genres and forms, covering topics such as how to: -Harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity -Develop your work from initial idea to final draft -Find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career -Find the best MFA program for you -Publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform -Research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life -Decide between traditional publishing and self-publishing -Find the right literary agent -Anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals -Work successfully with an editor and your publishing team -Market yourself and your work in a digital world -Approach financial planning and taxes as a writer -And much more Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers Magazine, this book brings an unrivaled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Filled with insider information like sample query letters, pitch letters, lists of resources, and worksheets for calculating freelance rates, tracking submissions, and managing your taxes, the guide does more than demystify the writing life—it also provides an array of powerful tools for building a sustainable career as a writer. In addition to the wealth of insights into creativity, publishing, and promotion are first-person essays from bestselling authors, including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Ocean Vuong, as well as reading lists from award-winning writers such as Anthony Doerr, Cheryl Strayed, and Natalie Diaz. Here, at last, is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writer’s desk.

Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses

Title Craft in the Real World
Author Matthew Salesses
Publisher Catapult
Release 2021-01-19
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1948226812
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"An insightful guide for readers, writers, and instructors from all walks of life," this manifesto and practical guide challenges current models of craft and the writing workshop by showing how they fail marginalized writers, and how cultural expectations inform storytelling (Kirkus Reviews). The traditional writing workshop was established with white male writers in mind; what we call craft is informed by their cultural values. In this bold and original examination of elements of writing--including plot, character, conflict, structure, and believability--and aspects of workshop--including the silenced writer and the imagined reader-- Matthew Salesses asks questions to invigorate these familiar concepts. He upends Western notions of how a story must progress. How can we rethink craft, and the teaching of it, to better reach writers with diverse backgrounds? How can we invite diverse storytelling traditions into literary spaces? Drawing from examples including One Thousand and One Nights, Curious George, Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, and the Asian American classic No-No Boy, Salesses asks us to reimagine craft and the workshop. In the pages of exercises included here, teachers will find suggestions for building syllabi, grading, and introducing new methods to the classroom; students will find revision and editing guidance, as well as a new lens for reading their work. Salesses shows that we need to interrogate the lack of diversity at the core of published fiction: how we teach and write it. After all, as he reminds us, "When we write fiction, we write the world."

The Pace of Fiction by Brian Gingrich

Title The Pace of Fiction
Author Brian Gingrich
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2021-07-15
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 208
ISBN 0191899143
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Pace of Fiction redefines the literary history of the novel by analyzing its most elaborate feature: its pace. It moves from the rise of the novel to realism and modernism. It starts by tracing the evolution of two narrative units: scenes ("shown" slowly) and summaries ("told" swiftly). These units emerge from the conflict of epic and drama, gain shape in the commentaries of Fielding and Goethe, and become dynamically opposed in nineteenth-century realism. In Middlemarch, they rotate in regular sequence: summaries move swiftly until scenes slow them down; scenes play out dramatically until summaries sweep them forward; their movement imitates the conflict of fate and free will. Over the course of the nineteenth century, however, scenic impulses overtake summary storytelling. The reader sees the tendency already in Austen's dialogues, Hawthorne's tableaux, or Balzac's battering drama, and finds it in Jane Eyre's placement of summaries in private scenes. When Flaubert extends scenic vividness to all of his summaries, and when Henry James subordinates his summaries to scenic consciousness, the extreme pressure of scene upon summary brings the opposition of realist pacing to collapse. But other oppositions arise in the modernisms that follow. In the alternation of stasis and kinesis, of drifting thoughts and everyday actions, of stories and acts of storytelling—in Proust, Joyce, Woolf, Mann, Hemingway—pace gathers and creates meaning in new ways.

Title 1976 Ultrasonics Symposium
Author
Publisher
Release 1976
Category Acoustic surface wave devices
Total Pages 719
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Manuscript Culture and Medieval Devotional Traditions
Author Jennifer N. Brown
Publisher Boydell & Brewer
Release 2021-02-17
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 410
ISBN 1903153964
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Essays exploring the great religious and devotional works of the Middle Ages in their manuscript and other contexts.

A Spiral of Time by K. V. Donato

Title A Spiral of Time
Author K. V. Donato
Publisher iUniverse
Release 2017-11-03
Category Fiction
Total Pages 252
ISBN 1532032560
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When twenty-two-year-old Deacon Rainer takes a blow to the head from a falling tree limb, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. In his pain, he sees a vision of his late father, who tells him of an alien invasion twelve years ago and of the quest Deacon will soon undertake. As he falls unconscious, he is immersed in a long and detailed dream. But is it something more? Aphrodites Crystals, the children of Venus, are in the clutches of the malicious warlord Obsidian and his army of ferocious flesh eaters. Aress secret red legion, lurking inside the lava tubes of Mars, must race to rescue them in time. Although the Crystals trials are many, they will not give up. Later on, in the sanctuary of his new abode on Mars, a young Crystal named Onyx, comes to believe that there are Crystals residing on Earth. He wants to communicate with them, and fortunately the humans of Earth have sent an unmanned spaceship to Mars, allowing him just the opportunity he needs. The first book in a series, this science fiction novel tells a tale of alien and human life, friendship, betrayal, love, and hate as a diverse group of beings fight the forces of evil.