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Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
Contributor(s): Le Guin, Ursula K. (Author)

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ISBN: 0544611616     ISBN-13: 9780544611610
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2015

Annotation: Presents advice on the basic elements of narrative prose, covering point of view, sentence length and complex syntax, indirect narration, grammar, punctuation, and the sound of writing.
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BISAC Categories:
- Language Arts & Disciplines | Writing - General
Dewey: 808.02
LCCN: 97032587
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 5.5" W x 8.2" (0.30 lbs) 160 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Le Guin, Ursula K.: - Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Over the course of her career she has published more than sixty books of fiction, fantasy, science fiction, children's literature, poetry, drama, criticism, and translation, and is the multiple winner of the highest awards in several fields. Among her honors are a National Book Award, a PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, twenty-one Locus Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 June #4)

This is not a book for beginners, warns Le Guin (Cheek by Jowl), but it would be churlish to deny the benefits of this thoughtful, concise volume to anyone serious about becoming a writer. Originally written in 1998 and based on Le Guin's workshop of the same name, the book has been revised by her based on reader feedback and on the vast changes that have occurred in publishing over the years. But some issues remain constant, and Le Guin explores them in a familiar, breezy style that is admirably direct, and as entertaining as it is enlightening. The topics she examines include the sound and rhythm of language in writing; the need to understand the rules of grammar, if only to break them; point of view and narrative voice; and the judicious use of adjective, adverbs, and verbs. In essence, Le Guin reveals the art of craft and the craft of art. Each chapter ends with writing exercises that can be attempted in groups or alone. To borrow Le Guin's nautical imagery, this book is a star by which to set one's course. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)

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