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Mooring Against the Tide: Writing Fiction and Poetry

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This guide to creative writing explores the two genres of poetry and fiction, and defines the basic elements of each. It offers a hands-on approach to writing, and includes essays from noted authors that enable readers to witness the creative evolution of poems and stories. Clearly written and organized, it also contains student writing samples and an easy-to-use guide to ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 396 pages
Published January 30th 2005 by Prentice Hall (first published July 7th 2000)
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Dec 07, 2007 Giles rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Aspiring Writers
I am reading this for my Creative Writing class. I really like it because it's down to earth, upbeat, and has very strong but simple instructions on how to improve my writing.

Overall, this is a good book, but you can get the same instruction for less than half the price. It's a textbook, but the exact same lessons have been printed in how-to writing books for years.
Alan Gerstle
I have taught creative writing on the college level, and this is the only book that I have found can contribute to helping students understand what 'creative writing' is and actually helps them with their own writing. Without elaborating too much on why I think this is a good book, I would say that it combines excellent examples of fiction and poetry that are accessible and at the same time worthy of their genre. There is an absence of lingo and didactic admonishments, and most of all I get the ...more
quite a good start for any beginners to creative writing. Yet the structure of some poems should have been edited more carefully. Some of them were not even separated in stanzas. Overall, it presented steps by steps of writing poems and short stories plus provided some good thought-provoking works from amateurish to professional writers.
Josie Muehlhausen
Phenomenal! I have read Jeff Knorr's Room Service, which was well written. Tim Schell is my mentor/professor and my favorite at that! Well written by both men, easy to understand plenty of examples; it also contains great poems and short stories; A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings stands out the most.
What we talk about when we talk about love. Amazing. Dislike a lot of the poems, but that is okay.
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