ERIC Number: ED260443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Personal Fiction Writing: A Guide to Writing from Real Life for Teachers, Students, & Writers.
Willis, Meredith Sue
Intended for teachers, students, and writers, this guide provides exercises for improving writing techniques and using literary devices. Following an introduction, the six chapters deal with the following techniques: (1) describing place, including observation and exaggeration; (2) describing people, including "inside/outside" portraits and caricature; (3) describing action, including using action to show deeper levels of meaning; (4) writing dialog, including using dialog to reveal and to contrast characters; (5) writing monolog, including fiction diaries and monolog for character development; and (6) creating structure, including plot and conflict. Chapters one through five contain adult and student examples of their respective techniques. Notes on revision and a list of the writing ideas by grade level are appended. (HTH)
Descriptors: Adults, Characterization, Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Dialogs (Literary), Elementary Secondary Education, Fiction, Literary Devices, Literary Styles, Monologs, Revision (Written Composition), Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises, Writing Improvement
Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 5 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003 ($8.95 paper); National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 35137-012, $9.95 member, $10.95 nonmember).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
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Note: Funding provided by The New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.