Luther College English Professor Amy Weldon publishes writing guide “Advanced Fiction”
DECORAH, IOWA — Amy Weldon, Luther College Professor of English, published Advanced Fiction, a textbook that offers a comprehensive and innovative guide for undergraduate students or any writer looking for direction, on Aug. 24.
The principles of writing fiction are taken a step further in “Advanced Fiction,” which delves into practical writing techniques and advice. The book is divided into eight chapters, which include writing prompts and exercises, in addition to excerpts from a wide range of authors. It consists of writings from Luther students and alumni, in addition to well-known writers, in a diverse anthology of work.
“In “Advanced Fiction’s” anthology, I wanted to lift up stories and novel excerpts by authors from around the world, such as Angela Carter, James Joyce, Jane McClure, Tommy Orange, Ron Austin, Louis Jensen and Rick Bass, whose work continues to inspire me,” said Weldon.
Weldon addresses concerns from actual students in her book regarding writing habits, including how to transition from writing short stories to novels, writing fiction based on real events and steps to take after completing a piece.
“I wrote this book to gather, preserve and extend some conversations among myself and students that have arisen in classrooms and conferences over the years, so we can continue to learn from these discussions,” said Weldon. “Writing is something I couldn’t do without my students, who inspire me to keep learning and improving as a writer.”
Reading other students’ work can help aspiring authors understand the writing process from their peers. The book also discusses philosophical themes within writing and covers a wide range of storytelling techniques. Aspiring writers also can also find guidance on how to build a literary career within the textbook.
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