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An interesting side note here is Hills's discussion of the shift in support for American writers. "It is no longer the book publishers and magazines," he says, "but rather the colleges and universities that ... provide the major financial support for the great majority of American writers today." Given that, we might find it odd that this book comes from a man best known for his magazine editing. But we shouldn't. "Teaching fiction writing and editing magazine fiction have ... the same rather odd ultimate purpose in common: trying to get someone else to produce a fine short story." One caveat emptor: our copy of this edition fell quite apart upon our first, gentle reading of it. --Jane Steinberg
I find this clear, logical and thoughtful; a great book to use for a resource, as well as for beginning short story writers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter was required to buy this book for school. She ended up with an A in the class. Five stars!Published 3 months ago by Paloma Reads
Sophisticated and clear. Though written years ago, this is still be best guide I have found
for new writers as they being the craft of short story writing.
I'm not an aspiring writer, but I often read things like this to become a better reader. The author's observations are so spot on in addressing what I like to see in a story, and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by john brueggeman
Need I say more. I bought used and marked and highighted it up. If available new, I'll be gifting my writer friends with ths one.Published 19 months ago by Sharon Hampton
If you are looking for one of the greatest books to help you begin writting short stories, with just the right amount of novel writing guidance to go with it, this is your book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Don Bell