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    Elements of Creative Writing

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    J.D. Schraffenberger, University of Northern Iowa

    Rachel Morgan, University of Northern Iowa

    Grant Tracey, University of Northern Iowa

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    ISBN 13: 9780915996179

    Publisher: University of Northern Iowa

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Robert Moreira, Lecturer III, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 3/21/24

    Unlike Starkey's CREATIVE WRITING: FOUR GENRES IN BRIEF, this textbook does not include a section on drama. read more

    Table of Contents

    • Introduction


    • Chapter One: One Great Way to Write a Short Story
    • Chapter Two: Plotting
    • Chapter Three: Counterpointed Plotting
    • Chapter Four: Show and Tell
    • Chapter Five: Characterization and Method Writing
    • Chapter Six: Character and Dialouge
    • Chapter Seven: Setting, Stillness, and Voice
    • Chapter Eight: Point of View
    • Chapter Nine: Learning the Unwritten Rules


    • Chapter One: A Poetry State of Mind
    • Chapter Two: The Architecture of a Poem
    • Chapter Three: Sound
    • Chapter Four: Inspiration and Risk
    • Chapter Five: Endings and Beginnings
    • Chapter Six: Figurative Language
    • Chapter Seven: Forms, Forms, Forms
    • Chapter Eight: Go to the Image
    • Chapter Nine: The Difficult Simplicity of Short Poems and Killing Darlings

    Creative Nonfiction

    • Chapter One: Creative Nonfiction and the Essay
    • Chapter Two: Truth and Memory, Truth in Memory
    • Chapter Three: Research and History
    • Chapter Four: Writing Environments
    • Chapter Five: Notes on Style
    • Chapter Six: Figurative Language
    • Chapter Seven: Imagery and the Senses
    • Chapter Eight: Writing the Body
    • Chapter Nine: Forms

    Back Matter

    • Authors
    • Contributors
    • North American Review Staff

    Ancillary Material

    • University of Northern Iowa
    • About the Book

      This free and open access textbook introduces new writers to some basic elements of the craft of creative writing in the genres of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The authors—Rachel Morgan, Jeremy Schraffenberger, and Grant Tracey—are editors of the North American Review, the oldest and one of the most well-regarded literary magazines in the United States. They’ve selected nearly all of the readings and examples (more than 60) from writing that has appeared in NAR pages over the years. Because they had a hand in publishing these pieces originally, their perspective as editors permeates this book. As such, they hope that even seasoned writers might gain insight into the aesthetics of the magazine as they analyze and discuss some reasons this work is so remarkable—and therefore teachable. This project was supported by NAR staff and funded via the UNI Textbook Equity Mini-Grant Program.

      About the Contributors


      J.D. Schraffenberger is a professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two books of poems, Saint Joe's Passion and The Waxen Poor, and co-author with Martín Espada and Lauren Schmidt of The Necessary Poetics of Atheism. His other work has appeared in Best of BrevityBest Creative NonfictionNotre Dame ReviewPoetry EastPrairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

      Rachel Morgan is an instructor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. She is the author of the chapbook Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey. Her work is included in the anthology Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in American and has appeared in the Journal of American Medical AssociationBoulevardPrairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

      Grant Tracey author of three novels in the Hayden Fuller Mysteries; the chapbook Winsome featuring cab driver Eddie Sands; and the story collection Final Stanzas, is fiction editor of the North American Review and an English professor at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches film, modern drama, and creative writing. Nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, he has published nearly fifty short stories and three previous collections. He has acted in over forty community theater productions and has published critical work on Samuel Fuller and James Cagney. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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