Janet Burroway





Janet Burroway



Janet Burroway is the author of seven novels including The Buzzards, Raw Silk (runner up for the national Book award), Opening Nights, and Cutting Stone; a volume of poetry, Material Goods; a collection of essays, Embalming Mom; and two children's books, The Truck on the Track and The Giant Jam Sandwich. Her most recent plays, Medea With Child, Sweepstakes, Division of Property, and Parts of Speech, have received readings and productions in New York, London, San Francisco, Hollywood, and various regional theatres. Her Writing Fiction is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and a multi-genre textbook, Imaginative Writing, appeared in 2002. A B.A. from Barnard College and M.A. from Cambridge University, England, she was Yale ...more

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Writing Fiction: A Guide to...

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Imaginative Writing: The El...

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Bridge of Sand

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Imaginative Writing

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Losing Tim

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Raw Silk

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A Story Larger than My Own:...

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Cutting Stone

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Embalming Mom: Essays in Life

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Opening Nights

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“Good girls like myself need subversion. Being solemn, I aspire to comedy. Being a novelist, I aspire to the musical. Being organized, I aspire to luminous chaos. Loving the power of grammar and the fine distinctions of language, I seek the part of the mind I didn't know was there, the part 'sheer,' 'no-manfathomed,' 'cliffs of fall.”
Janet Burroway

“Most writing is done between the mind and the hand, not between the hand and the page.”
Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

“The mystique and the false glamour of the writing profession grow partly out of a mistaken belief that people who can express profound ideas and emotions have ideas and emotions more profound than the rest of us. It isn't so. The ability to express is a special gift with a special craft to support it and is spread fairly equally among the profound, the shallow, and the mediocre.”
Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

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