The Last Draft: A Novelist's Guide to Revision

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Product Details

Price
$17.00
Publisher
Penguin Books
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780143131359

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About the Author

Sandra Scofield is the author of seven novels, including Beyond Deserving, a finalist for the National Book Award, and A Chance to See Egypt, winner of a Best Fiction Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. She has written a memoir, Occasions of Sin, and a book of essays about her family, Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman's Life. She is also the author of a previous book on the craft of writing, The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer. Scofield is on the faculty of the Solstice MFA Program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and has for many years taught in the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

Reviews

"Drawing deeply on her own teaching and writing and using a multitude of examples from classic and contemporary fiction, [Scofield] offers a meticulous guide to revising a novel... The lasting messages of this inspiring book are 'read, read, read, ' 'write the best prose you can, ' and 'love the process and what you learn.'"
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This title stands out from the crowd of others on the subject. For readers who are thinking about publishing their writing."
-- Library Journal, starred review

"An award-winning fiction writer and teacher shares hard-won advice. Novelist and memoirist Scofield...brings her experience as a writer and teacher to a practical, encouraging manual focused on revision. ... Patience and commitment, this useful guide reveals, are a writer's strongest assets."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Sandra Scofield has written a needed book: not how to begin a novel, but how to get one into shape and on point. She is insightful on the importance of scene and ingenious on the value of summary and the role of interiority. She offers exercises for describing, evaluating, energizing, and enriching a draft in ways both minute and structural. For a novelist in that perplexing stage between a messy version and a viable manuscript, The Last Draft may be a godsend."
--Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction