book cover of The Way of the Writer

The Way of the Writer

(2016)
Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling
A non fiction book by

 
 
An award-winning novelist, philosopher, essayist, screenwriter, professor, and cartoonist, Charles Johnson has devoted his life to creative pursuit. His 1990 National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage is a modern classic, revered as much for its daring plot as its philosophical underpinnings.

For 33 years Johnson taught and mentored students in the art and craft of creative writing. The Way of the Writer is his record of those years and the coda to a kaleidoscopic, boundary-shattering career. Organized into six accessible, easy-to-navigate sections, The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process. Johnson shares his lessons and exercises from the classroom, starting with word choice, sentence structure, and narrative voice and delving into the mechanics of scene, dialogue, plot, and storytelling before exploring the larger questions at stake for the serious writer: What separates literature from industrial fiction? What lies at the heart of the creative impulse? How does one navigate the literary world? And how are philosophy and fiction concomitant?



Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Charles Johnson's The Way of the Writer

Hardback Editions

December 2016 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling
Author(s): Charles Johnson
ISBN: 1-5011-4721-8 / 978-1-5011-4721-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

December 2016 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling
Author(s): Charles Johnson
ISBN: 1-5011-4722-6 / 978-1-5011-4722-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

April 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling
Author(s): Charles Johnson
ISBN: 1-5414-0267-7 / 978-1-5414-0267-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling
Author(s): Charles Johnson
ISBN: 1-5414-5267-4 / 978-1-5414-5267-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling
Author(s): Charles Johnson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


April 2017 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling
Author(s): Charles Johnson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling
Author(s): Charles Johnson
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA