21 February 2008

Writing Short Stories - book review

Can creative writing actually be taught? There is some debate about this question, but the number of university departments devoted to the subject is expanding so rapidly, many people must believe it's possible. And why not? After all, we believe that the skills of painting, music, and architecture can be taught, don't we. Ailsa Cox teaches creative writing, and this book is her version of a seminar - analysing the technical details of stories, then suggesting exercises which students (or readers) might complete to develop their own skills. She kicks off with a good shot at defining the short story. How short is short? How long can a story be before it becomes a novella or a short novel? There are no simple answers to these questions. As soon as you think of an answer, you'll realise there are exceptions... Read more >>


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think you can teach somebody
almost anything, including writing
short stories.

Terry Finley