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A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft

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A Kite in the Wind is an anthology of essays by 20 veteran writers and master teachers. While the contributors offer specific, practical advice on such fundamental aspects of craft as characterization, character names, the first person point of view, and unreliable narrators, they also give extended, thoughtful consideration to more sophisticated topics, including “imminen ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Trinity University Press
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Caro Clark
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I return to this collection of essays when I'm stuck in a story. The contributors have all been teachers at Warren Wilson's low-res MFA, a very craft focused program. Suffice it to say, some of the essays are stuffy and formal, some are inspired and beautiful to read, but everyone really knows what they are talking about. The stand out, for me, is in the Revealing Character portion of the book. Stacey D'Erasmo wrote "The Space Between," about intimacy in stories and the way it pushes people apar ...more
Sara Habein
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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At its core, A Kite in the Wind is a realistic exploration of what makes novels work. It does not try to prescribe one course of action, and for the most part, it does not come with elitism. Yes, writing well will always be a challenge, but during the process, we can remind ourselves of the satisfaction we get from reading a really great book. We can wallow in a character's life and allow ourselves the to find the truth in fiction.

(My full review can be found on Glorified Love Letters.)
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An anthology of advice from writers who are at various stages in their careers. More than just advice on technique and style, these writers allow for varied perspectives to be gleaned from stories of their different experiences on writing, their successes, their failures, their roadblocks, making this book feel less like a textbook on how to write and more like a dynamic classroom setting in a book.
Holly Woodward
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the better anthologies out there.
Maggie
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection of craft essays. I particularly liked the ones by Michael Martone (about William Gass' "In the Heart of the Heart of the Country" and Kevin McIlvoy's about fairy tales.
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Andrea Barrett is the author of The Air We Breathe, Servants of the Map (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Voyage of the Narwhal, Ship Fever (winner of the National Book Award), and other books. She teaches at Williams College and lives in northwestern Massachusetts.

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