Gotham Writers’ Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. Now the techniques of this renowned school are available in this book.

Here you’ll find:
– The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely
– Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction
– The complete text of “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver-a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book
– Exercises that let you immediately apply what you learn to your own writing

Written by Gotham Writers’ Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Fiction offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim.

Once you’ve read-and written-your way through this book, you’ll have a command of craft that will enable you to turn your ideas into effective short stories and novels.

You will be a writer.

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This article has 3 comments

  1. A reader

    Extremely helpful This is a great book. It is well organized, concise, and easy to read.My biggest problem in writing is disorganization. I have many ideas but I prioritize and organize them poorly. I plant so many trees that I forget about how the forest will look. This book helped me by providing a framework for building fiction. It discusses the major components of fiction: character, plot, theme, voice, etc. Then it tells you what the choices are for each. Then it provides you examples of authors…

  2. BillJitsu

    Best book on writing fiction I’ve come across Shopping for and reading books on creative writing is a long and sometimes painful process. Some books get great reviews and are interesting to read, but don’t have much actual writing instruction. Rather, the reader is encouraged to just sort of “go with the flow” or “follow where the story takes you”.Not so with the Gotham Writer’s Workshop book on writing fiction. This book has a great balance of solid, no-frills writing instruction, along with exercises entitled “Your Turn”…

  3. Charles Sniadecki

    Read Cleaver’s book first GWW’s book on fiction writing is good for conveying the nuances of artistic style, but I think it misses some of the fundamental points of story telling. The book describes character, plot, point of view, voice, setting, and theme from the point of view that you are writing literary fiction – opposed to genre fiction. In other words, there is more emphasis on writing flowing prose than a driving story. This is well and good, but without a solid story, the odds of a book being successful are…

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