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For film buffs, writers, and readers alike, Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen looks at 35 short stories that have inspired great films. Part anthology, part writing craft, and complete entertainment, this book is categorized by genre and encompasses literary greats such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Cheever as well as film giants Spielberg, Kubrick, and Capra. Several of the stories collected and discussed here have not been in print for decades.

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The Art & Craft of the Short Story by Rick DeMarinis is a good read for both aspiring writers and those who are comfortable with the short form. DeMarinis likens the short story to a poem in that every word counts.











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On Writing Short Stories, edited by Francine Prose and Tom Bailey, includes 18 classic stories as well as writing exercises and commentary from such luminaries as Joyce Carol Oates and Andre Dubus on reading and writing short fiction.










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Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular is an updated version of a classic in writing curriculums, particulary good for the beginning writer. Rust Hills, best known as a longtime fiction editor for Esquire, presents a nuts-and-bolts approach and holds that "the successful contemporary short story will demonstrate a more harmonious relationship of all its aspects than will any other literary art form, excepting perhaps lyric poetry."


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2006 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market
features market entries for book publishers, magazines, literary agents, contests, and script houses. The 2006 edition includes 1,500 fiction publishing opportunities with contact information, submission guidelines, and editorial needs.





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Also of Interest:

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, by John Gardner (Editor), 1991 (Reissue Edition)
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It could be said that this book edited by John Gardner is the book on the craft of writing fiction. Used in countless writing courses and credited by many of today's authors as a favorite (see the
Emily Carter interview within collectedstories), Gardner discusses the craft from a "fictional dream" standpoint and includes a series of writing exercises.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print, by Renni Browne and Dave King, 2004
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Two experienced book editors provide techniques for turning promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories, complete with good and bad examples in each lesson. The 2004 edition is fully revised and expanded from its first publication in 1993, incorporating readers' feedback over the past 10 years as well as the current changes in the publishing industry.

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