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Building on the skills taught in the first three levels of the series, The Creative Writer, Level Four: Becoming a Writer guides young writers (middle- and high-school) from initial idea to polished short story or poem in a single volume. Becoming a Writer also walks students through the transition from study to practice, broadening the series’ focus by discussing the writing life–how to find and submit to literary journals, how to develop discipline, and how to persevere in the face of rejection. This series can be used on its own, or as a creative-writing complement to our Writing With Skill series.

Your budding poet or novelist will benefit greatly from such chapters as “Second-Person Narration,” “Submitting Your Manuscript to a Publisher,” “Waiting Nervously by the Mailbox for a Reply from the Publisher,” “Seriously, How Long Does it Take to Read My Manuscript?” “It’s Been Two Weeks and No Reply From the Publisher,” “My Self-Esteem Has Nose-Dived,” and “Employment Opportunities for Poets, Or, Getting Used to Living in an Unheated Attic.” [Not all of those are real. But seriously, it’s a very practical book.]

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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Building on the skills taught in the first three levels of the series, The Creative Writer, Level Four: Becoming a Writer guides young writers (middle- and high-school) from initial idea to polished short story or poem in a single volume. Becoming a Writer also walks students through the transition from study to practice, broadening the series’ focus by discussing the writing life–how to find and submit to literary journals, how to develop discipline, and how to persevere in the face of rejection. This series can be used on its own, or as a creative-writing complement to our Writing With Skill series.

Your budding poet or novelist will benefit greatly from such chapters as “Second-Person Narration,” “Submitting Your Manuscript to a Publisher,” “Waiting Nervously by the Mailbox for a Reply from the Publisher,” “Seriously, How Long Does it Take to Read My Manuscript?” “It’s Been Two Weeks and No Reply From the Publisher,” “My Self-Esteem Has Nose-Dived,” and “Employment Opportunities for Poets, Or, Getting Used to Living in an Unheated Attic.” [Not all of those are real. But seriously, it’s a very practical book.]

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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