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Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons For Black Authors By Jewell Parker Rhodes,

  • Title: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons For Black Authors
  • Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • ISBN: 9780385491754
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 colorWhile the educational system and the publishing world have become progressively 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.
    Free Within Ourselves Fiction Lessons For Black Authors 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 Har

    One thought on “Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons For Black Authors”

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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 t [...]

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