Many of Boswell's essays are based on lectures he has given at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers that covered various aspects of fiction writng. He lists the major works he refers to in each essay at the beginning of the essay.
"Writing Fiction explores the elements of fiction, providing practical writing techniques & examples. Written in a tone that is personal & non-prescriptive, this book encourages students to develop proficiency through each step of the writing process. It also integrates diverse, contemporary short stories in every chapter."
The world's best contemporary novelists from Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem to Alaa Al Aswany and Mario Vargas Llosa engage in a wide-ranging, insightful, and oft- surprising roundtable discussion on the art of writing fiction.
The book covers such essential topics as how to use dialogue in a work of nonfiction; how to find the right voice in which to tell the story; how to gather facts and present them in an engaging manner; and how to create an exciting, compelling story without veering too far from the facts. After clicking on the link above, click on PDF Full Text in the left column to access the ebook.
This text considers the cultural and historical background of different types of biographies, looking at the factors that affect biographers and whether there are different strategies, ethics, and principles required for writing about one person compared to another.
"Bly combines ideas and techniques from social work, psychotherapy, and neuroscience with the traditional teaching of fresh metaphor, salient dialogue, lively pace, and analysis of other literary work."
"The Dramatic Writer's Companion is designed to help writers explore their own ideas in order to develop the script in front of them." After clicking on the link above, click on the PDF Full Text link in the left column to access the full ebook.
"Lamb locates Hemingway's art in literary historical contexts and explains what he learned from earlier artists .... Examining how Hemingway developed this inheritance, Lamb insightfully charts the evolution of the unique style and innovative techniques that would forever change the nature of short fiction."
"One of Hollywood's most successful spec screenwriters tells all in this fast, funny, and candid look inside the movie business. Save the Cat is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying - and saleable. This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat."
"Explores the origin and development of classic American films with the screenwriters who composed these great works." After clicking on the link above, click on PDF Full Text in the left column to access the ebook.
This book covers screenwriting from concept to final manuscript and goes beyond the essential mechanics of screenwriting to transform the craft into an art form. Hundreds of examples of film writing and filmmaking from around the world are included to illustrate the points made in the text.
"This timely volume takes up the challenge, deeply and broadly considering the relationship between digital technology and narrative theory in the face of the changing landscape of computer-mediated communication."
"This is the first empirical, mixed-methods study of copyright issues that speaks to writing specialists and legal scholars about the complicated intersections of rhetoric, technology, copyright law, and writing for the Internet."