On Teaching and Writing Fiction

On Teaching and Writing Fiction

By Wallace Earle Stegner; Lynn Stegner (Editor)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780142001479, 144pp.

Publication Date: December 2002

Wallace Stegner founded the acclaimed Stanford Writing Program-a program whose alumni include such literary luminaries as Larry McMurtry, Robert Stone, and Raymond Carver. Here Lynn Stegner brings together eight of Stegner's previously uncollected essays-including four never-before-published pieces -on writing fiction and teaching creative writing. In this unique collection he addresses every aspect of fiction writing-from the writer's vision to his or her audience, from the use of symbolism to swear words, from the mystery of the creative process to the recognizable truth it seeks finally to reveal. His insights will benefit anyone interested in writing fiction or exploring ideas about fiction's role in the broader culture.

About the Author

LYNN STEGNER is the author of Fata Morgana (1995) and Undertow (1993), both nominated for the National Book Award. Two of the stories in this book have received several awards and honors, including the Faulkner Society's Gold Medal. Stegner divides her time between Santa Cruz, California, where she teaches periodically at the University of California, and northeastern Vermont.