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Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama

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Appropriate for undergraduate courses in creative writing. This time-tested, hands-on introduction to poetry, fiction, and drama writing addresses the dynamics of the creative process while providing a non-technical analysis of each genre. It also encourages writers to find their own voice and provides advice on how to begin writing creatively.


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Appropriate for undergraduate courses in creative writing. This time-tested, hands-on introduction to poetry, fiction, and drama writing addresses the dynamics of the creative process while providing a non-technical analysis of each genre. It also encourages writers to find their own voice and provides advice on how to begin writing creatively.

30 review for Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    This isn't a high three. The formal elements are gone over well enough for one to help students experiment across genres in one or two terms, but I found myself supplementing with a lot of alternate sample writing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sylwia

    Although, the author takes at times a rather posh and holier-than-though tone, especially when talking about poetry, this is a genuinely very pleasant and useful ready who I would recommend to anyone trying to apply to apply their talents to creative writing. I've ever only dabbled in poetry and drama, but all three sections of the book were a fascinating read that makes one write, write, write.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie Karnehm-Esh

    Very useful Creative Writing text.

  4. 4 out of 5

    P Brown

    Very well organized and just right for a n introductory text.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    After taking every possible fiction-only writing course at my university, I took a step back and returned to creative writing 101 for an intro into poetry and another chance to practice fiction. This textbook was helpful and did a great job solidifying the basics, but I personally prefer Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft and Deepening Fiction for fiction writing. These reference books include more examples. This would be a good introductory text for writers who have had little or no After taking every possible fiction-only writing course at my university, I took a step back and returned to creative writing 101 for an intro into poetry and another chance to practice fiction. This textbook was helpful and did a great job solidifying the basics, but I personally prefer Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft and Deepening Fiction for fiction writing. These reference books include more examples. This would be a good introductory text for writers who have had little or no prior experience with formal writing techniques.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    This book had many good things to say about writing, but it was a lot of basic material that felt rather introductory to me. Granted, it was good introductory material. But it was still introductory. The first two sections on prose and poetry were pretty fair with good examples and some solid advice. The last section on drama seemed like it was way too driven by postmodernist tendencies and apart from that, it was rather basic. Overall, I gleaned some helpful stuff from this book, but not enough This book had many good things to say about writing, but it was a lot of basic material that felt rather introductory to me. Granted, it was good introductory material. But it was still introductory. The first two sections on prose and poetry were pretty fair with good examples and some solid advice. The last section on drama seemed like it was way too driven by postmodernist tendencies and apart from that, it was rather basic. Overall, I gleaned some helpful stuff from this book, but not enough to really justify its length. Rating: 2.5-3 Stars (Okay).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    While the author sometimes gives writing instructions as if the student\reader has never read nor written any literature at all, but there is a wealth of techniques and writing instructions in it that I found to be valuable. I prefer to write in third person limited, so I really found tips and examples for writing first person, so it has helped me become a better writer and poet as well (not that I'll ever put the poetry tips to use).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    Stephen Minot's book is a student-friendly introduction to each genre and a quick reference guide for instructors. His short story "Sausage and Beer" is always a favorite with students and one of mine as well. It is a good beginners book; an introduction and a steppingstone that continues to work as well now as it did thirty years ago when I first read it as a student.

  9. 4 out of 5

    K.W. Gish

    I read an edition of this back in fall 1993 for a creative writing class. While I didn't absolutely adore it then, I'd like to read it again now and see what I could learn from it with several more years of writing experience - and life experience - under my belt.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Balliet

    I read this book for a creative writing class- it encompasses all genres- that of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and the writing of plays- recommended!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Denae

    I found this interesting, in part because of how well he breaks down the elements of writing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Modugno

    Loved it. With every chapter that I read, I just wanted to take each suggestion and practice it on my stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I only finished reading this because it's required reading for a class I'm taking. I didn't care for the selections chosen as examples.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    It's a textbook...haha!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    textbook on writing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Herbert

    This was my assigned textbook for my creative writing class, and was a better resource than my teacher was. Thank you for being awesome, dear book. :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Excellent book! Stick with the eighth edition...I wouldn't bother with the ninth.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I didn't read the section on drama-just the sections on literary nonfiction and poetry. I enjoyed the writing models as well as the tips on how to read like a writer.

  19. 5 out of 5

    A.R. Rivera

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Keeley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Corey

  22. 5 out of 5

    Valerie McLean

  23. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Kiekintveld

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  28. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Marie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

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