June 23, 2007

Reading Like a Writer:
A Guide for People Who Love Books and For Those Who Want To Write Them
Francine Prose

Required Reading – Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer joins Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style and David Lodge’s The Art of Fiction on the syllabus for any master class teaching the nuts-and-bolts – the essentials – of writing well. Like its siblings, Prose’s work is easily digestible and highly entertaining. Using well-selected examples from a century of great writing, Prose argues for slow, close reading and then begins a chapter-by-chapter exploration of the basic tools every wordsmith uses – words, sentences, paragraphs, narration, character, dialogue, details, gesture – to construct a sound story. Prose concludes by plunging into Chekhov and courage – the “deep end” of creative writing, indeed.


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