Director of writing courses at the University of Oklahoma, and known to the public as Stanley Vestal, Mr. Campbell discusses minutely the basic principles and practices of short story, fiction and non-fiction writing, for the beginner as well as the more advanced student of the . There is an appendix of stories analyzed to illustrate the points stressed, there are work programs for each section. Serious application to the definition of the techniques, words, attitudes, to the understanding of how to achieve a beginning, middle and end of the work in progress, how to use the plants, pointers and flashbacks, etc. should provide the aspirant with a useful working knowledge and some mechanical proficiency. The diagramming here is careful, conscientious and has the value of being able to be used while writing and of the author's own success.