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ISBN-13: 978-1595340726 ISBN-10: 1595340726

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595340726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595340726
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kite" is a wonderful resource for brief, focused essays on the writing craft. The book is worth it for the first essay alone, on the author-narrator-character merge, a concept all new and aspiring writers should read.
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By cgallo99 on October 5, 2012
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I've been enjoying this. Each chapter from a prestigious writer. Some are dry but others quite interesting and helpful. Well worth it.
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By Chance Raymond on January 31, 2012
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The contributors to A Kite in the Wind are able to discuss the complexities of writing fiction in an approachable manner, mixing their artistic styles with concrete advice for aspiring writers. The editors describe the book as follows:

"While there are plenty of insights, and while there is no shortage of strongly urged advice, none of these essays began as an attempt to tell anyone how fiction should be written. They begin instead as personal investigations: attempts to understand why a decision in a particular story or novel seemed successful," (Introduction).

Each essay which comprises A Kite in the Wind explains terms with examples and rich analogies; while a background in writing certainly won't hurt, it's by no means necessary to get what the authors are saying. A wide range of ideas are presented throughout the essays, but they are held together by a common thread of superb analysis of fiction. I recommend this title for anyone curious about the mechanics of fiction and hungry for vivid instructional commentary.
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More About the Author

Peter Turchi is the author of A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic; Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; a collection of short stories, Magician; and a novel, The Girls Next Door. His short story "Night, Truck, Two Lights Burning" has been produced as an artist's book with images by Charles Ritchie. He wrote the text for the exhibition catalog, Suburban Journals: The Sketchbook, Drawings, and Prints of Charles Ritchie. He co-edited, with Andrea Barrett, A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, and The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work; and, with Charles Baxter, Bringing the Devil to his Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life. Turchi directed the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College for 15 years and the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University for 5 years. He now teaches at the University of Houston, where Laura, his wife, teaches education. Their son, Reed, is a musician (theturchi.com). For more information and resources for writers, see peterturchi.com and peterturchi.tumblr.com.