A Bird by Bird for the African-American market--A top-notch writer's guide filled with practical guidance, essays, and journal exercises for the African-American writer including advice from E.Lynn Harris, Charles Johnson, and Yolanda Joe.In her introduction, Jewell Parker Rhodes writes: "Never (in four years of college or five years of graduate school) was I assigned an eA Bird by Bird for the African-American market--A top-notch writer's guide filled with practical guidance, essays, and journal exercises for the African-American writer including advice from E.Lynn Harris, Charles Johnson, and Yolanda Joe.In her introduction, Jewell Parker Rhodes writes: "Never (in four years of college or five years of graduate school) was I assigned an exercise or given a story example that included a person of color...While the educational system and the publishing world have become progressively more welcoming of African-American authors, there is still little attention to educating, supporting, and sustaining the writing process of African-American authors. Free Within Ourselves is a solid first step--it is the book I wished I had when I started out as a writer. It is meant to be a song of encouragement for African-American artisits and visionaries. Free Within Ourselves is a step-by-step introduction to fictional technique, exploring story ideas, and charting one's progress, as well as a resource guide for publishing fiction."For the legions of people who have a novel stuck in their word processors, help is finally on the way! Free Within Ourselves is an excellent guide to all the elements necessary to crafting fiction: character development, point of view, plot, atmosphere, dialogue, diction, sentence variety, and revision. Writing techniques are taught using exercises, journaling, story examples, and analyses of famous writing fragments, as well as several complete stories (including those of James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and Edwidge Dandicat, among others). The book is further enhanced by inspirational advice from successful contemporary black writers (such as Bebe Moore Campbell, Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates, John Edgar Wideman, and others), a bibliography, and a guide to workshops, journals, magazines, contests, and fellowships supportive of black arts....
|Title||:||Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons For Black Authors|
|Number of Pages||:||352 Pages|
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Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons For Black Authors Reviews
Any color can prosper for this reading
Really good exercises and a fantastic book list. I just need to start writing more and do what she's saying.
While the title of the book is attractive and interesting, the content within is subpar. It was largely a waste of time. I have read and worked my way through far better handbooks.
I've had this book for a while now. I just need to get to it.
Great resources for new fiction writers. I used this book for a research paper and was surprised to find a wealth of information that will help me in my own writing. Highly recommended.
A few points on the utility of this book:- On a few occasions, the section on how to keep going has gotten me out of the dangerous situation of being in my own head- There are plenty of craft exercises (some of which I've used when I felt stuck in the revision process)- There are 9 short stories reprinted in full. Parker-Rhodes has introduced me to quite a few authors and includes questions to guide a close reading of each story.- The craft lessons have better equipped me with the technical language to think and talk about craft