Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (8th Edition)

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The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, 7e by novelists Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision by providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples. Written in a tone that is personal and non-prescriptive, the text encourages students to develop proficiency through each step of the writing process, offering an abundance of exercises designed to spur writing and creativity. The text also integrates diverse contemporary short stories in every chapter in the belief that the reading of inspiring fiction goes hand-in-hand with the writing of fresh and exciting stories.

Product Details

  • Series: Writing Fiction A Guide to Narrative Craft Eighth Edition
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (January 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205750346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205750344
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on January 21, 2016
By 123CV321
This was an easy and cost effective rental. Simple to ship back too!

… exactly when it was suppose to and was in great shape.

 on September 4, 2015
By elaine hagebush
Arrived exactly when it was suppose to and was in great shape.

Five Stars

 on September 7, 2014
By liuyi
Very good product. Rest assured. Quality is no problem. Fair prices. Cost-effective. Recommended.

The Classic College Textbook on the Fiction-Writing Craft: The Current Edition

59 people found this helpful.
 on January 14, 2012
By Dr. C. J. Singh

Overall the most comprehensive book on fiction writing I’ve read so far

12 people found this helpful.
 on January 29, 2013
By Kindle Customer
The only reason I do not give it five stars is the cost. For the nearly $80.00 I paid I expected a full sized hardcover book that was twice its length and if not an exhaustive introduction to fiction writing at least more encyclopedic on the topic. While excellent as far as it goes there are plenty of reasons to read other books on the subject such as; 

Perfect if you need your own writing workshop.

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 21, 2015
By Paula Cappa Reviews
Every writer needs this book. It’s like a text book but not at all dull and full of great instruction on how to discover and execute your story on to the page: showing vs. telling, the writing process, character text and subtext, methods of character presentation, fictional place and fictional time and more. I especially like Burroway’s chapter on Story Form as an Inverted Check Mark. Here she talks about Freitag’s famous pyramid of five actions and moves to how the “story shape” can work as an inverted check mark. She asks ‘”where should your narrative begin?” Her distinctions between ‘story’ and ‘plot’ are very precise. Need help with story conflict, crisis, and resolution? This is the book that will crystallize it for you. I just loved this book as my own little writing workshop. One that you can reread once a year to sharpen up those skills.

Bought for a college course.

 on November 13, 2016
By NerdyNickNacks
I originally bought this book for a creative writing class i took in college. I ended up taking the class twice because. It was a good class and the instructor had great instincts using this to teach from. We didn’t get all the way through the book, but this was one of the few text books i kept after my class ended and continued to read and work through.

Covers all the basics in detail, with examples

10 people found this helpful.
 on August 6, 2010
By Jacqui Murray
I got this as the textbook for a novel writing class and have kept it ever since. It is detailed, specific, with examples of good and bad, as well as writing exercises to develop a writer’s craft. It was an optional purchase, but I bought it, read it and am glad I did.


 on July 31, 2015
By Elle
SUPER helpful. This got me second place in a writing contest. If I studied it again, maybe first place 🙂

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