The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling, Charles Johnson
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The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling

Author: Charles Johnson

Narrator: Mirron Willis

Unabridged: 6 hr 51 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Published: 04/18/2017

Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines - Composition & Creative Writing

Synopsis

An award-winning novelist, philosopher, essayist, screenwriter, professor, and cartoonist, Charles Johnson has devoted his life to creative pursuit. His 1990 National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage is a modern classic, revered as much for its daring plot as its philosophical underpinnings. For thirty-three years, Johnson taught and mentored students in the art and craft of creative writing. The Way of the Writer is his record of those years, and the coda to a kaleidoscopic, boundary-shattering career. Organized into six accessible, easy-to-navigate sections, The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process. Johnson shares his lessons and exercises from the classroom, starting with word choice, sentence structure, and narrative voice, and delving into the mechanics of scene, dialogue, plot, and storytelling before exploring the larger questions at stake for the serious writer. What separates literature from industrial fiction? What lies at the heart of the creative impulse? How does one navigate the literary world? And how are philosophy and fiction concomitant?

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