On Teaching and Writing Fiction (2020)

On Teaching and Writing Fiction Wallace Stegner founded the acclaimed Stanford Writing Program a program whose alumni include such literary luminaries as Larry McMurtry Robert Stone and Raymond Carver Here Lynn Stegner brings toge
  • Title: On Teaching and Writing Fiction
  • Author: Wallace Stegner Lynn Stegner
  • ISBN: 9780142001479
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Teaching and Writing Fiction
    Wallace Stegner founded the acclaimed Stanford Writing Program a program whose alumni include such literary luminaries as Larry McMurtry, Robert Stone, and Raymond Carver Here Lynn Stegner brings together eight of Stegner s previously uncollected essays including four never before published pieces on writing fiction and teaching creative writing In this unique collectioWallace Stegner founded the acclaimed Stanford Writing Program a program whose alumni include such literary luminaries as Larry McMurtry, Robert Stone, and Raymond Carver Here Lynn Stegner brings together eight of Stegner s previously uncollected essays including four never before published pieces on writing fiction and teaching creative writing In this unique collection he addresses every aspect of fiction writing from the writer s vision to his or her audience, from the use of symbolism to swear words, from the mystery of the creative process to the recognizable truth it seeks finally to reveal His insights will benefit anyone interested in writing fiction or exploring ideas about fiction s role in the broader culture.
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    1. I have on my desk at work, an anthology opened up to Maupassant s The Necklace, because students often choose this story for their narrative responses it s not difficult to see why it s a simple plot with complex meaning, and a story immaculately presented Imagine my surprise to learn that as a writing exercise, Maupassant, who was Flaubert s student, was usually sent by his teacher to report in a single phrase or a single word the content of an action You don t get any concrete than that.Walla [...]

    2. After having taught fiction writing for a fair long stretch, and taking a break from teaching this winter, I m interested to hear what the dean of writing in the West, author of Big Rock Candy Mountain and All the Little Live Things not his most famous books but my favorites , founder of the writing program at Stanford, teacher of so many of my favorite writers including Robert Stone, Ken Kesey, Thomas McGuane, Pam Houston, Larry McMurtry, Raymond Carver and some surprises too Tillie Olson Scott [...]

    3. Wallace Stegner was a writer who hailed from the Western United States He wrote novels, short stories and I came to know about him while watching Ken Burns TV Series, The National Parks which aired on PBS earlier this year Further research revealed Dr Stegner was a prolific writer and he wrote passionately about environmental preservation Educated in the Western US from his Baccalaureate degree University of Utah , to his Masters and PhD Degrees from Iowa where he also studied at the Iowa Writer [...]

    4. I refuse to believe that fate is a thing But how and why, when I had entered this year with heaping mounds of pessimism, was I unsuspectingly led to start my reading year with this inspiring, obscure, short, dense collection of essays I may have to start questioning my materialist, humanist self.With the exception of a section of questions Stegner answers, this book could just as easily have been titled On Reading and Experiencing Fiction The first two selections, Fiction A Lens on Life and Crea [...]

    5. dictated from the cellar of the subconscious where reality waits to be civilized into fiction A collection of essays to inspire and humble.

    6. This book is beautiful and true It is classic prose, as defined in Clear and Simple as the Truth Writing Classic Prose I learned so much from On Teaching and Writing Fiction, though I do not love the concrete as a fiction writer must I just wanted to learn about the mind and motivation of telling stories I will give it to any young person who wants to write fiction, as both guide and warning Mr Stegner used his own story, Goin to Town as a profoundly touching and effective example.I suppose that [...]

    7. Stegner is one of my favorite authors, so when I found out his daughter published a short book including an interview with him, several of his essays and a letter he wrote to an aspiring author, I was eager to read it I enjoyed the book, but I don t think it is the best how to write fiction book out there Stephen King s On Writing and Anne Lamont s Bird by Bird are better for that This is nice quick read if you want to get to know Stegner better and take a peek behind the curtain of his writing [...]

    8. This small book is worth a class of two or creative writing in any college Stegner is blunt in his opinions and has every right to be that way Besides teaching writing for over thirty years, he also successfully supported himself as a published writer that means he made good money at it and won a Pulitzer for his fiction If you want to be a writer, or just want a peek behind the curtain of the process, pick up this book and prepare to enjoy yourself.One last note, the page count here is actually [...]

    9. This book focuses on the philosophy of teaching fiction Some interesting nuggets, but I found myself skimming most of it, especially since a lot of his advice insight about publishing is no longer relevant.

    10. Awesome book on craft One of my go to resources Stegner s prose is some of the best literary fiction in existence, so it stand to reason a book on craft from him would be a standout.

    11. Right off the bat Mr Stegner makes a distinction between what he calls serious fiction vs escapist fiction I m honestly tired of the constant bickering between the literature professor type readers and writers who have to bring their ego to everything they read My opinion is and shall remain that if YOU like the book, then the book is good for YOU No one else s opinion matters Possible exceptions to this standard being books that promote morally shady things such as glorifying violence against w [...]

    12. Not only comes down on the yes side of can writing be taught but explains how and why it matters.Stegner, Wallace On the teaching of creative writing Responses to a series of questions Ed Edward Connery Lathem Hanover, NH UP New England, 1988 Print.Quotes Nobody can tech the geography of the undiscovered All he can do is encourage the will to explore, plus impress upon the inexperienced a few of the dos and don ts of voyaging 10 The teacher s job is to manage the environment 11.Students need to [...]

    13. Even though Stegner sometimes comes off as pompous, this is a helpful book in some aspects The best and most helpful part of the book is from an interview that Dartmouth College did with Stegner In it, he explores if one can teach creative writing and how does one go about doing so, bravely saying or not so bravely he is retired here that not everyone is capable of learning how to write The other interesting chapter was, To a Young Writer, an intimate and honest response to an inquiring writer, [...]

    14. Stegner offers up some good advice regarding writing He would not be a proponent of most of today s writing programs he would see them as stifling to creativity The reason I gave this book 3 1 2 stars versus 4 or 5 I plan to re read sections at a later date is because I found the Question Answer section in the middle tedious at times and the first 40 pages or so were hit and miss The chapters after the QA were helpful, in particular, To a Young Writer and Goin to Town an Object Lesson which is a [...]

    15. On imagination, Robert Frost, Henry James, and letters Your book is dramatized belief and because in everyday life we make few contacts as intimate as this with another temperament and another mind, these scenes have an effect of cool shock first almost embarassment then acknowledgment Yes, I want to say Yes, this is how it should be I like the sense of intimate knowing your novel gives me After all, what are any of us after but the conviction of belonging What does to stay us and keep our back [...]

    16. This is a very fine collection of essays and interviews on the craft of writing fiction by one of the 20th century s masters a master writer and a master teacher Stegner is wise, compassionate, and rigorous in his thinking and with his advice The book, published after his death, was edited and introduced by his talented daughter in law Lynn Stegner Any would be writer or teacher would do well to not just read but also heed what Stegner whose writing students included Ken Kesey, Tillie Olson, Tho [...]

    17. What I appreciate most about this book is Wallace Stegner s careful thought on fiction, it s value, and it s production He takes the craft seriously without coming across as a literary snob While this book isn t strong in the nuts and bolts of a how to manual, it is very strong in theory and advice The book feels like the wise council of a mentor, which Stegner was for so many young writers while he taught creative writing at the university level.

    18. Lovely little book Stegner is full of great wisdom and insight Many of these essays come from interviews or lectures, I think, and the style has an engaging conversational tone, marked by Stegner s typical simplicity and elegance I starred and underlined like mad Some of the essays overlap a bit in content, but it s never a bother and often useful to read the reiteration.

    19. This book contains a lot of excellent advice for aspiring writers of fiction, as well as insight into methodologies behind teaching creative writing Stegner is very prescriptive about writing and teaching, often coming across as my way or the highway I personally disagree with some of the points made, but overall the book is very informative.

    20. Maybe better than Atwood s and King s works on writing, this short volume is beautiful, inspiring, challenging and brilliant If you write or if you teach writing, this should be on your reading list.

    21. As much about craft as it is about teaching fiction, anyone interested in or currently teaching fiction should have read or should be reading this book.

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