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  • Published: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780375755583
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $26.99

Mod Lib Writer's Workshop


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A Guide to the Craft of Fiction

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 García Márquez 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.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780375755583
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Stephen Koch

For twenty-one years, Stephen Koch taught writing in the graduate writing program of Columbia University's School of the Arts. For eight of those years he also served as a full professor, director of its fiction concentration and the program Chair. He was also for seven years in the program in creative writing at Princeton University. Koch is the author of the novel THE BACHELOR'S BRIDE and two books ofnonfiction, STARGAZER: ANDY WARHOL'S WORLD and DOUBLE LIVES: Stalin, Willi Munzenberg's and the Seduction of the Intellectuals. He lives with his family in New York City.


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