On Becoming a Novelist
John Gardner’s classic exploration of the creative processes and career paths of modern fiction writers
In this essential guide, John Gardner advises the aspiring fiction author on such topics as the value of creative writing workshops, the developmental stages of literary growth, and the inevitable experience of writer’s block. Drawn from his two decades of experience in creative writing, Gardner balances his compassion for his students with his knowledge of the publishing industry, and truthfully relates his experiences of the hardships that lie ahead for aspiring authors.
On Becoming a Novelist is a must-read for those dedicated to the craft and profession of fiction writing.
This ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.
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“A classic.” —Joyce Carol Oates“The book is the result of John Gardner’s twenty-odd years of teaching experience, and it shows . . . He answers exactly the questions that a dedicated writing student would be most likely to ask . . . A satisfaction to those who wonder, with growing frustration, just exactly how it’s done.” —Anne Tyler, The Baltimore Sun
“One of the essential books for any writer’s library. With imagination and breathtaking dedication, [Gardner] trained a generation of young writers to reach for the highest artistic standards . . .” —Charles Johnson, National Book Award–winning author of Middle Passage
About the author
John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson.