The Modern Library Writer's Workshop

A Guide to the Craft of Fiction

By Stephen Koch
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375755583, 272pp.)

Publication Date: April 1, 2003

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"Make your] characters want something right away--even if it's only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time." --Kurt Vonnegut
"'The cat sat on the mat' is not the beginning of a story, but 'the cat sat on the dog's mat' is." --John Le Carre
Nothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you can't get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez together at the Algonquin, "The Modern Library Writer's Workshop" gives you the next best thing. Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia University's graduate creative writing program, presents a unique guide to the craft of fiction. Along with his own lucid observations and commonsense techniques, he weaves together wisdom, advice, and inspiring commentary from some of our greatest writers. Taking you from the moment of inspiration (keep a notebook with you at all times), to writing a first draft (do it quickly you can always revise later), to figuring out a plot (plot always serves the story, not vice versa), Koch is a benevolent mentor, glad to dispense sound advice when you need it most. "The Modern Library Writer's Workshop" belongs on every writer's shelf, to be picked up and pored over for those moments when the muse needs a little help finding her way.

About the Author
Stephen Koch is the author of "The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction"; "The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Robles"; "Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West"; and other books. He previously taught creative writing at Columbia and Princeton universities for nearly twenty years.
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