Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, has been praised as"the best living American writer" ("Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram). During his prestigious career, he has taught graduate fiction at Florida State University— his version of literary boot camp. Now janet Burroway, author of the classic text on creative writingWriting Fiction,"the best such book on the market" according to James L. Marra of Temple University, introduces her edited transcripts of Butler's though-provoking lectures."From Where You Dream reimageines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing fiction as the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass. Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. He offers invaluable insights into the nature of voice and shows how to experience fiction as a sensual, cinematic series of takes and scenes. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of aliterary maste, "From Where You Dream is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.
Robert Olen Butler is the author of eleven novels, five story collections, and a book on the creative process, From Where You Dream. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and National Magazine Awards in 2001 and 2005, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.
Robert Olen Butler
FROM WHERE YOU DREAM
Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
The Process of Writing Fiction
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