The Story Behind the Story

26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work

By Peter Turchi; Andrea Barrett; Andrea Barrett (Editor)
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393325324, 480pp.)

Publication Date: January 2004

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Description
Each writer was asked to submit an original story, accompanied by an essay describing the challenges of the story and how they were met. Since writers resist herding, the editors were happily surprised by the wide range of essays "fiction writers, when given the space, think about their work very differently." We learn about the genesis of a story, how story evolves, what was eventually relinquished and why, and how a story surprisingly might "insist" on changing Arranged alphabetically by author, and beginning with Richard Russo's cogent introduction, this volume is a treasure throughout.



About the Author
Peter Turchi, director of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program, lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Andrea Barrett is the author of The Air We Breathe, Servants of the Map (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Voyage of the Narwhal, Ship Fever (winner of the National Book Award), and other books. She teaches at Williams College and lives in northwestern Massachusetts.

Andrea Barrett is the author of The Air We Breathe, Servants of the Map (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Voyage of the Narwhal, Ship Fever (winner of the National Book Award), and other books. She teaches at Williams College and lives in northwestern Massachusetts.
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