A Novel in Notebooks

A Novel in Notebooks

Review of Peter Selgin’s Duplicity By Jack Smith, WTP Guest Writer Duplicity by Peter Selgin (South Orange, NJ: Serving House Books, December 4, 2020; 396 pages; $17.95; ISBN 978-1947175433). The text of this novel is a found object of six composition notebooks, containing, states one Emeritus Professor Gayton F. Sinclair, PhD, in his Afterword, autobiography mixed…

Reflecting on Metaphor

Reflecting on Metaphor

Giving a Metaphor Space to “Breathe” and Related Considerations By WTP Writer Richard Wertime Woven Tale Press writer Richard Wertime reflects on the craft of fiction in an ongoing series of craft notes                                                I saw her once Hop forty paces through the public street. And having lost her breath, she spoke, and panted,…

Trying to Get It Right: The Aftermath of the Skirmish

Trying to Get It Right: The Aftermath of the Skirmish

The Craft of Fiction Writing By WTP Writer Richard Wertime Richard Wertime reflects on the Crafting of his story “Soccer,” published in WTP Vol. IX #3 “He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars.” —William Blake, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion James Joyce once confided to a friend, while…

Character Development

Character Development

Shoptalk: A Prose Central Series By DeWitt Henry, Prose Editor I evolved shoptalk or notebook sheets during my teaching of fiction workshops, which proved helpful to me and to students.  I asked them to ask themselves about character, plot, setting, dialogue, sensory imagery, sentimentality, translation, simultaneous actions and other aspects of craft.  But foremost of…

On Aphorisms

On Aphorisms

 From Richard Kostalanetz’s A Writer’s Torah A Selection by DeWitt Henry, WTP Prose Editor Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz’s work in several fields appear in various editions of Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster’s Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature,…