ON CREATIVE WRITING by Paul- Ed. Engle

ON CREATIVE WRITING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Those that can- also teach, and this symposium of articles on various forms of the craft is presumably an indirect benefit of the University of Iowa's Creative Writing Program. Editor Engle's general introduction is followed by R. V. Cassill's discussion of the short story seen as the ""transformation of a quest"" and defined further in terms of its properties and conventions; Jean Todd Freeman discusses the more commercial short story; Brock Brower the article which is still learning from fictional techniques; Donald Justice evaluates poetry, its form, language and rhythm; Lionel Abel the play; and George P. Elliott's illuminations on the novel- an ""impure and imperfect"" form- approach it through the author's relationship to the reader, necessarily intrusive, although ""author-moddling"" should always be indirect and never didactic. In each case excerpts provide exemplars.... If ""creative writing"" can be created, this should help provide some direction signals without minimizing the necessary talent and discipline.

Publisher: Dutton