Master Class: Lessons from Leading Writers by Nancy Bunge

By Nancy Bunge

Grasp category: classes from top Writers gathers greater than twenty years of knowledge from twenty-nine finished authors. It deals formerly unpublished interviews, in addition to freshly edited models of ten interviews from Nancy Bunge's well-received past assortment, discovering the phrases. the 1st part, conception, comprises interviews which rfile the golden age of writing courses within which authors with a powerful experience of social and cultural accountability taught as heavily as they wrote. those conversations delve into the writers' philosophies and instructing tools.

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I don’t think it’s serious enough. Therefore, it came quickly — in twenty, twenty-five drafts. In my house I have a book-length poem I’ve been working on for nine years [The One Day]. I’ve got at least a book’s worth of poems in draft. But I won’t send them out to magazines because I’m still tinkering with them. If I keep them around, they’re going to get better. I know that some people send out a poem the day they first write it; unbelievable. Bill Stafford and Allen Ginsberg and two or three other people do it another way.

All the worst things that Fitzgerald did he wrote for money. All of his slapdash stories for the Saturday Review aren’t really taken that seriously; every once in a while, a critic will say, “Well, those stories are worth taking a look at again. ” But they really are bad because they were manufactured pretty much to a formula for money and compared to the kinds of things Hemingway did with the short story . . If you compare the two, you can see how Hemingway allowed himself a greater sense of freedom and certainly he started with a healthier motivation.

Once you put it on the page, it’s hard to take back. It’s hard to revise then; you’re kind of held to it. How can the student learn to profess properly if the teacher ain’t professing properly? It seems to me that a good teacher in this environment would take his students out. I can see maybe at first [staying] in that protected environment, especially getting into relationships, getting in touch with their feelings, getting their confidence; [but eventually] they [have to] take their asses out into the water.

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