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"A useful, compact, and entertaining guide to writing that is neither bound to a particular genre or market." -- Locus

"This book should be on the reference shelf of every aspiring writer. Highly recommended." -- SF Revu

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press; First Edition edition (August 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193152016X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931520164
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1928, Kate Wilhelm the author of more than thirty novels including Where Late the Sweet Bird Sang and The Unbidden Truth. Her work has been adapted for TV and film and translated into twenty languages. She has been awarded the Prix Apollo, Kurd Lasswitz, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. In 2003, she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Her short fiction appeared in landmark anthologies such as Again Dangerous Visions, Orbit, The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women, and The Norton Book of Science Fiction. A cofounder of the Clarion Writers' Workhops, she continues to host monthly writing workshops in Eugene, Oregon.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Antonio D. Paolucci on November 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've always wanted to go to a writer's workshop, especially Clarion. It's a workshop I had heard of when I first started writing, but one that was inaccessible to me because of both funds and locations. It's too far away, in other words.

But then Storyteller came out. Though at first I didn't know it was written about the Clarion workshop, I did know it was a book on the craft of writing. I was pleasantly delighted, however, when I found out that the writer, whom I had only known by name and not by what she actually writes, was a writer interested in fantasy and who was one of the original teachers at Clarion. Not only that, but her husband the late Damon Knight, one of the legends in sci-fi and fantasy, also taught here and is spoken of in a fond way by Kate Wilhelm in this book.

A lot can be learned in this book. While it's more of a biography of the early years of Clarion, it also has plenty of writing advice. Despite my reason for buying it (the advice on the craft), I enjoyed the sections that detailed some of the classes Wilhelm and Knight had taught, and some of the trials that the early Clarion workshop had gone through (like the fact that it had started in Clarion PA, which is very close to where I live). In fact, I liked these sections more than the advice sections (the ratio of biography to advice is about 50/50). It helped me live a small part of one of my dreams. For a moment, I was a student at Clarion, experiencing what past students had experienced. That may sound sentimental, and the memories relayed by Wilhelm in this book is told in a sentimental way, but that's how I feel. Kate Wilhelm was able to make me feel welcome into her world.

Now that's not saying that the writing advice found in these pages are to be ignored.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Ballard on October 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
There's only one other book that should be offered with this one via the "Better Together" section and that's Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight. Storyteller is Kate's homage to the Clarion workshop; Creating Short Fiction was the book Damon wrote about all the things he hoped writers would learn by attending Clarion. Anyone who's interested in Clarion, or Kate and Damon, or learning to write or more importantly, learning to write and SELL speculative literature, will want both these books. Anyone who already has one or the other, will want both. Anyone who bought Creating Short Fiction when it first came out undoubtedly needs a second copy to lend or to re-read or to give as a gift this Christmas. Anyone who has ever known Kate and Damon already knows they were and remain a magic pair of workshop instructors. Let their two books on/about Clarion have the chance to work the same magic by offering them as a set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth Averill on October 29, 2009
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Kate Wilhelm was already one of my favorite authors before she wrote Storyteller. Part memoir, part how to, this book is a fun and easy read. I often recommend this book to clients and they respond favorably. Read it and get in touch with your own Silent Partner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Beaverhausen on February 19, 2008
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Prospective science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers will enjoy Wilhelm's "Storyteller" for both its Clarion workshop anecdotes as well as the writing instruction. Clarion, founded in 1968 by Robin Scott Wilson with Wilhelm and Damon Knight, has been the staple go-to destination for science fiction and fantasy writers since its inception, and this is the best history of the workshop available. Writers outside of those fields may be less inclined to pick up this book, as the instruction is often interwoven with Wilhelm's recollections (although the best tips are pulled out into a separate section in the back of the book).
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