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Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop [Paperback]

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Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 8, 2005
Publisher   Small Beer Press
ISBN  193152016X  
EAN  9781931520164  

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"Wilhelm really knows students and knows how to teach them to craft a professional story."-The Oregonian

Part memoir, part writing manual, Storyteller is an affectionate account of how the Clarion Writers' Workshop began, what Kate Wilhelm learned, and how she passed a love of the written word on to generations of writers. Includes writing exercises and advice. A Hugo and Locus award winner.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! KATE WILHELM is the bestselling author of dozens of novels and short-story collections. Among her novels are the popular courtroom thrillers starring attorney Barbara Holloway. Her other works include the science fiction classic Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang. Born in Ohio, she now lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Kate Wilhelm currently resides in Eugene, in the state of Oregon.

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Part Memoir, Part Instruction for Genre Writers  Feb 19, 2008
Prospective science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers will enjoy Wilhelm's "Storyteller" for both its Clarion workshop anecdotes as well as the writing instruction. Clarion, founded in 1968 by Robin Scott Wilson with Wilhelm and Damon Knight, has been the staple go-to destination for science fiction and fantasy writers since its inception, and this is the best history of the workshop available. Writers outside of those fields may be less inclined to pick up this book, as the instruction is often interwoven with Wilhelm's recollections (although the best tips are pulled out into a separate section in the back of the book).
Anecdote-filled ranting + a dash of ego  Mar 28, 2006
Judging by her attitude in this book, Kate Wilhelm must be a great writer. Too bad I've never even heard of her...

The thing that struck me about this paperweight of a book is that this woman says never to write anecdotes into a story... the only problem is, STORYTELLER IS AN ANECDOTE. Score one hypocrisy point. Also, I was dumbfounded by her DIVINE TRUTH of THE ONE TRUE WAY TO WRITE, such as not letting your characters be real people, and not to write about what you care about. How's this supposed to help anyone? Its nothing but whining, and man I can smell the ego spilling out from here! Stay away at all costs!
Disappointing and dull. 2.5 stars  Feb 20, 2006
Picked this up on a whim, and it was disappointing. I didn't finish it -- the book is repetitious and surprisingly dull, considering what a good writer Kate Wilhelm is. Though there are moments. Likely to be of more interest to Clarion alums and aspiring students. For others, caveat lector.

Peter D. Tillman
It wasn't bootcamp, it was war  Dec 17, 2005
I lived through one of the worst Clarions on record. Kate and Damon were a soothing end to a month of hell, but in the long run, Clarion was like life - there's no rhyme or reason to who comes out ahead or who comes out alive.

If you feel cheated that you didn't get your six weeks on an arid Midwestern campus, just stay home and write for six weeks. You'll get more done and it will cost a lot less.

A Dream Conceived in a Book  Nov 17, 2005
I've always wanted to go to a writer's workshop, especially Clarion. It's a workshop I had heard of when I first started writing, but one that was inaccessible to me because of both funds and locations. It's too far away, in other words.

But then Storyteller came out. Though at first I didn't know it was written about the Clarion workshop, I did know it was a book on the craft of writing. I was pleasantly delighted, however, when I found out that the writer, whom I had only known by name and not by what she actually writes, was a writer interested in fantasy and who was one of the original teachers at Clarion. Not only that, but her husband the late Damon Knight, one of the legends in sci-fi and fantasy, also taught here and is spoken of in a fond way by Kate Wilhelm in this book.

A lot can be learned in this book. While it's more of a biography of the early years of Clarion, it also has plenty of writing advice. Despite my reason for buying it (the advice on the craft), I enjoyed the sections that detailed some of the classes Wilhelm and Knight had taught, and some of the trials that the early Clarion workshop had gone through (like the fact that it had started in Clarion PA, which is very close to where I live). In fact, I liked these sections more than the advice sections (the ratio of biography to advice is about 50/50). It helped me live a small part of one of my dreams. For a moment, I was a student at Clarion, experiencing what past students had experienced. That may sound sentimental, and the memories relayed by Wilhelm in this book is told in a sentimental way, but that's how I feel. Kate Wilhelm was able to make me feel welcome into her world.

Now that's not saying that the writing advice found in these pages are to be ignored. While most of the advice is recycled and can be found in many other books, I think her word is a little more trustworthy, as she used the advice given here in teaching other young writers, a lot of which have gone ahead and made names for themselves. And the advice is given in a no nonsense kind of way. Wilhelm says what works and why, and tells you why something doesn't work and why to avoid using it. It's all told from plenty (years upon years) of experience.

This is an excellent book for any writer looking to go to college or a workshop for writing, and it's especially useful for anyone in the Michigan area who's considering going to Clarion, as it is the best workshop for genre writing. After that, I'd recommend this to writers who have already had some schooling but want some more solid advice. This is one of the best and most trustworthy books written in some time on the craft of writing.

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