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Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story Paperback – September 1, 2015

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"A must-read for intermediate and advanced writers of fiction and memoir." —Library Journal, STARRED 
 
"A succinct, clear, and encouraging companion for aspiring writers." —Kirkus Reviews
 
"It would be churlish to deny the benefits of this thoughtful, concise volume...In essence, Le Guin reveals the art of craft and the craft of art...this book is a star by which to set one's course." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED

“There is no better spirit in all of American letters than that of Ursula Le Guin.” — Slate
 
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There is no better spirit in all of American letters than that of Ursula Le Guin. Slate

Le Guin is a writer of enormous intelligence and wit, a master storyteller with the humor and force of a Twain. She creates stories for everyone from New Yorker literati to the hardest audience, children. She remakes every genre she uses. Boston Globe


A modernized, new edition of an essential guide to the writing craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art

Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this handbook is a short, deceptively simple guide to the craft of writing. The ten chapters shed light on the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of view. Each chapter combines illustrative examples from the global canon with Ursula Le Guin s own witty commentary and an exercise that the writer can do solo or in a group. Le Guin also offers a comprehensive guide to working in writing groups, both actual and online.

Masterly and concise, Steering the Craft deserves a place on every writer s shelf.

Over the course of her career, Ursula K. Le Guin has published more than sixty books of fiction, fantasy, children s literature, poetry, drama, criticism, and translation. She is the winner of many awards, including the PEN/Malamud Award and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters."

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