Janet Burroway Talks about Writing Fiction

Janet Burroway’s best-selling classic Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and for more than three decades it has helped hundreds of thousands of students learn the craft. This book is a master class in creative writing that also calls on us to renew our love of storytelling and celebrate the skill of writing well. And now you can attend a mini-master class from the author herself, when Janet Burroway comes to Bookends & Beginnings to celebrate the publication of the new tenth edition and discuss what’s new and improved—as well as what’s old and reliable—in this edition. Moving from freewriting to final revision, the book addresses “showing not telling,” characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, plot, imagery, and point of view. It includes new topics and writing prompts, and the examples and quotations throughout the book feature a wide and diverse range of today’s best and best-known creators of both novels and short stories.

What’s your biggest stumbling block as a writer? We invite writers at all levels of practice to come ask Janet about whatever it is, or about any other writing question. And bring your writer friends along, too!

Janet Burroway is the author of plays, poetry, children’s books, and eight novels, including The Buzzards, Raw Silk, Opening Nights, Cutting Stone, and Bridge of Sand. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Florida State University. She lives in Chicago and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201