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The Creative Writer, Level Two guides middle- and high-school students through an innovative, compelling series of exercises, each one designed to build your skill in the essential ingredients of fiction and poetry. Then, author Boris Fishman sets you free to create your own recipe for gripping fiction and spellbinding poetry. Use as a follow-up to The Creative Writer, Level One: Five Finger Exercises. Or begin with the second volume as a more advanced introduction to imaginative writing.

Each volume contains directions and instructions for the developing writer, as well as detailed guidance for the mentor or teacher.

T.S. Eliot says, “Before I read The Creative Writer, my poetry was no good. I kept trying to write a collection of poems about Dogs. But while I was reading Boris Fishman’s excellent directions on selecting a topic, my cat Mungojerrie walked by, and inspiration struck.”

About the Author: BORIS FISHMAN (MFA, New York University) is a writer, editor, and translator. He is the author of the acclaimed novels A Replacement Life and Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, and the short-story collection Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, and has written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Harper’s, and many other publications.

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The Creative Writer, Level Two guides middle- and high-school students through an innovative, compelling series of exercises, each one designed to build your skill in the essential ingredients of fiction and poetry. Then, author Boris Fishman sets you free to create your own recipe for gripping fiction and spellbinding poetry. Use as a follow-up to The Creative Writer, Level One: Five Finger Exercises. Or begin with the second volume as a more advanced introduction to imaginative writing.

Each volume contains directions and instructions for the developing writer, as well as detailed guidance for the mentor or teacher.

T.S. Eliot says, “Before I read The Creative Writer, my poetry was no good. I kept trying to write a collection of poems about Dogs. But while I was reading Boris Fishman’s excellent directions on selecting a topic, my cat Mungojerrie walked by, and inspiration struck.”

About the Author: BORIS FISHMAN (MFA, New York University) is a writer, editor, and translator. He is the author of the acclaimed novels A Replacement Life and Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, and the short-story collection Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, and has written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Harper’s, and many other publications.

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2 reviews for The Creative Writer, Level Two

  1. I’m baffled by the blurb in the product descriptions. In the Level 2 book, it says, “T.S. Eliot says, ‘Before I read The Creative Writer, my poetry was no good. I kept trying to write a collection of poems about Dogs. But while I was reading Boris Fishman’s excellent directions on selecting a topic, my cat Mungojerrie walked by, and inspiration struck.’” And in Level 3, it says “Ernest Hemingway says, ‘Before I read The Creative Writer, I knew nothing about the craft. I was going to give A Farewell to Arms a happy ending. But then Boris Fishman taught me everything I needed to know about writing, editing, revising, bullfighting, marlin fishing, and the way that northern-Italian pasta tastes when you eat it cold, in the autumn morning, as you wait for the Austrian artillery to begin firing at your trench.'”

    Wasn’t the author, Boris Fishman, born after Hemingway and Eliot died? Am I missing something? Please explain or correct.

    • Yes, Boris Fishman was born after those men had died…both of those quotes/blurbs are made up. They’re just meant to be jokes. Boris is very very good, but no, he didn’t teach Eliot and Hemingway about novels and poetry. Sorry for the confusion.

  2. I just received the Level Two: Essential ingredients book. I was looking through the first lesson and it refers to an appendix. There is no appendix. What am I missing?

    • The appendices for the Fiction section are at the end of the Fiction section, not at the back of the entire book. So Appendix 1 is on page 109. We apologize if that wasn’t clear.

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