A Fairly Creative Guide to Telling Tales: An Introduction to Creative Writing

Author: Lively, Aubrey

Subjects: Creative Writing; Reading

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-553-0

Latest edition: 2016

Order code: 5530

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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Aubrey Lively has written a delightful book that offers a thorough and sophisticated introduction to creative writing in terms of prose fiction. She wittily describes the various elements necessary to a good story, and she provides amusing examples of what to do—and of what not to do. Most of her examples come from classic fairy tales so that readers can see how her lessons apply to the stories we all know.

The book is organized into three parts: plot, characterization, and setting. Each chapter ends with an assignment that allows writers to practice their skills in a fun and nonthreatening way. This book will make readers smile as they gain insights that will make them better writers.

Reviews:
Aubrey Lively has lived up to her name: she has written a lively and yet practical guide for young writers to learn the basics of storytelling. By setting her instruction in the context of the fairy tales that young writers know so well, she is able to anchor her instruction in the familiar, while encouraging her charges to reach beyond the standard plots, characters, and tropes of those simple tales. Her instruction on plot is some of the best I have come across for this age group, and she gently and humorously encourages students to create more rounded, complex characters by thinking beyond stereotypes and into the complexities of others' lives. I love as well how she honestly relates her own halting attempts to write when she was young; this, too, encourages the young writer and shows the possibilities for growth. It's this larger vision, of what stories can do for both the writer and the reader, that makes this book something more than just a practical guide. – Gregory Roper, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of English, University of Dallas

An accessible resource for aspiring writers of all skill and experience levels, A Fairly Creative Guide to Telling Tales is especially recommended for creative writing classes in grades 7 to 12. – Midwest Book Review

Aubrey Lively does not like to write about herself in the third person, but when she does, she likes to imagine herself in a story, opening secret doors and having tea with dragons. Then she gets distracted by the smoky smell of the dragon’s lair and finding a key or a clue, but if you follow her down the rabbit hole, don’t worry—she’s credentialed in the real world, too, with a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Dallas and a Master of Education in teaching from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Aubrey has taught everything from preschool (Montessori) to post-graduate courses in business English, as well as high school English, college math, and Spanish. She homeschools her six children, who are between the ages of three and fifteen. She writes: "In this book, people of all ages are challenged to think about the act of reading and the role of the reader. Besides insight into the writing process, the book offers tips for being a better reader, as well as a better listener and friend. But really, I think it’s funny enough just to read as a bedtime story, child-audience optional."

Aubrey Lively has written a delightful book that offers a thorough and sophisticated introduction to creative writing in terms of prose fiction. She wittily describes the various elements necessary to a good story, and she provides amusing examples of what to do—and of what not to do. Most of her examples come from classic fairy tales so that readers can see how her lessons apply to the stories we all know.

The book is organized into three parts: plot, characterization, and setting. Each chapter ends with an assignment that allows writers to practice their skills in a fun and nonthreatening way. This book will make readers smile as they gain insights that will make them better writers.

Reviews:
Aubrey Lively has lived up to her name: she has written a lively and yet practical guide for young writers to learn the basics of storytelling. By setting her instruction in the context of the fairy tales that young writers know so well, she is able to anchor her instruction in the familiar, while encouraging her charges to reach beyond the standard plots, characters, and tropes of those simple tales. Her instruction on plot is some of the best I have come across for this age group, and she gently and humorously encourages students to create more rounded, complex characters by thinking beyond stereotypes and into the complexities of others' lives. I love as well how she honestly relates her own halting attempts to write when she was young; this, too, encourages the young writer and shows the possibilities for growth. It's this larger vision, of what stories can do for both the writer and the reader, that makes this book something more than just a practical guide. – Gregory Roper, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of English, University of Dallas

An accessible resource for aspiring writers of all skill and experience levels, A Fairly Creative Guide to Telling Tales is especially recommended for creative writing classes in grades 7 to 12. – Midwest Book Review

Aubrey Lively does not like to write about herself in the third person, but when she does, she likes to imagine herself in a story, opening secret doors and having tea with dragons. Then she gets distracted by the smoky smell of the dragon’s lair and finding a key or a clue, but if you follow her down the rabbit hole, don’t worry—she’s credentialed in the real world, too, with a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Dallas and a Master of Education in teaching from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Aubrey has taught everything from preschool (Montessori) to post-graduate courses in business English, as well as high school English, college math, and Spanish. She homeschools her six children, who are between the ages of three and fifteen. She writes: "In this book, people of all ages are challenged to think about the act of reading and the role of the reader. Besides insight into the writing process, the book offers tips for being a better reader, as well as a better listener and friend. But really, I think it’s funny enough just to read as a bedtime story, child-audience optional."

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