Your entrance into one of America's foremost creative writing programs!Featuring instruction from past and present faculty members of the acclaimed M.F.A. in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, including Mark Doty, Douglas Glover, Robin Hemley, Richard Jackson, Sydney Lea, Bret Lott, Sue William Silverman, David Wojahn, and Xu Xi, Words Overflown By Stars giveYour entrance into one of America's foremost creative writing programs!Featuring instruction from past and present faculty members of the acclaimed M.F.A. in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, including Mark Doty, Douglas Glover, Robin Hemley, Richard Jackson, Sydney Lea, Bret Lott, Sue William Silverman, David Wojahn, and Xu Xi, Words Overflown By Stars gives you unprecedented access to a top literary education.This comprehensive resource covers a wide variety of topics, including the creative process, titles, beginnings, voice and style, point of view, novel and short story structure, the role of dreams and fantasy in fiction, the often-blurry borderline between fiction and creative nonfiction, the subgenres of creative nonfiction, music and time in poetry, image patterning, "saying the unsayable," multiculturalism, the art of revision, and much more.Both provocative and practical, the essays in Words Overflown by Stars distill many of the lessons that have made the graduates of Vermont College of Fine Arts so successful....
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Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the Vermont College Mfa Program Reviews
Sept. 18, 2009. Somehow I don't think I need yet another book on writing (in fact, what I need to do is just write), but I rather liked the look of this one as I wandered into B&N on this too-warm for mid-September Friday night. My plan is to sit in the cafe and work on a short story. So far, I've bought this book, a cup of decaf and a Godiva dark chocolate bar with raspberry filling. I'll be firing up Open Office any second now.Sept. 25. Read the first essay "Before we get started" by Bret Lott, a meditation on the importance of small, workhorse words such as "a," "the" and "this," and how a story can turn on just those words. Lott uses examples from short stories by Charles Baxter, Flannery O'Connor and Raymond Carver -- stories I'll now have to make certain I read. If this essay is any sign of things to come, reading this book is going to be like attending those kind of college lectures that used to make me lean forward in my uncomfortable desk-chair combo, a little breathless, and turn all of the lights on in my mind. The best class I ever had was taught by a rumpled old professor who spent an hour the first day talking about the meaning of the word "still" in the first line of Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn." I loved that professor. That's what this brief essay was like. It closed with a passage from Ezekiel about Ezekiel speaking a prophecy to bring dry bones to life -- used as a metaphor for writing. It made me want to go buy a Bible. Now that's good writing.Oct. 12. In the second essay "The Girl I Was, the Woman I Have Become," Ellen Lesser meditates thoughtfully on the use of reminiscent narrators in a few different works, among them Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day and Lynne Sharon Schwartz's Leaving Brooklyn. Again, the essay leaves me wanting to read the referenced works to really see the principles discussed in action. Lesser starts by pondering whether approaching a piece of fiction from a reminiscent point of view is simply an artificial way of infusing the work with a sort of glow of nostalgia, but then makes the case that reminiscence can bring perspective or be the instrument for a character's present-day change. Fascinating stuff.
Really lovely and useful book containing essays on writing
A mixed bag. Many of these essays seem like interesting ideas smothered by unnecessarily academicky writing, or other manifestations of each author's love of his/her own voice. Still, the best ones explore topics not covered in your average creative writing book- the use of pauses and silences in poems, or what etymology can add to writing.
I can't recommend this book enough to writers of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry striving to improve their craft. Each essay tackles a different topic by a different writer with a new depth and insight I hadn't come across before--particularly David Jauss' thorough essay on point-of-view and Ellen Lesser's essay on character reflection in fiction.
Lots of neat info in this book but it is academic in nature and has a tendency to run dry.
Read by ACRL Member of the Week Colleen Harris. Learn more about Colleen on the ACRL Insider blog.
I'm only marking this as "read" because it is a book I pick up and read a bit here and there. So far so good....
I focused entirely on the creative nonfiction section and was rewarded with many clever points to consider.