Ron Carlson Writes A Story

Ron Carlson Writes A Story

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Ron Carlson has been praised as "a master of the short story" ( Booklist ). In this essay collection, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, he offers a full range of notes and gives rare insight into a veteran writer's process by inviting the reader to watch over his shoulder as he creates the short story "The Governor's Ball."

"This is a story of a story" he begins, and proceeds to offer practical advice for creating a great story, from the first glimmer of an idea to the final sentence. Carlson urges the writer to refuse the outside distractions--a second cup of coffee, a troll through the dictionary--and attend to the necessity of uncertainty, the pleasures of an unfolding story.

"The Governor's Ball"--included in its entirety--serves as a fascinating illustration of the detailed anatomy of a short story.

Publisher: Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781555974770
Branch Call Number: 813 CARLS
Characteristics: 112 pages ; 22 cm


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