From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition

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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, teaches graduate fiction at Florida State University — his version of literary boot camp. In From Where You Dream, Butler reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing that fiction is the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master, From Where You Dream is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.

About the Author

Robert Olen Butler is the author of ten novels and two collections of stories. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and a National Magazine Award in 2001 (both for fiction), he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

Janet Burroway is the author of plays, poetry, and seven novels including Raw Silk, runner up for the National Book Award. An NEA recipient, her most recent books are a collection of essays, Embalming Mom, and the texts Imaginative Writing and the sixth edition of Writing Fiction.

Product details

  • ASIN : B008RZKOQU
  • Publisher : Grove Press; Reprint edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Publication date : December 1, 2007
  • Language : English
  • File size : 604 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 211 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
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G. Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good on the imaginative process of creating fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, insightful book for every writer
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