• “A classic.” —Joyce Carol Oates

    “The book is the result of John Gardner’s twenty-odd years of teaching experience, and it shows . . . He answers exactly the questions that a dedicated writing student would be most likely to ask . . . A satisfaction to those who wonder, with growing frustration, just exactly how it’s done.” —Anne Tyler, The Baltimore Sun

  • “One of the essential books for any writer’s library. With imagination and breathtaking dedication, [Gardner] trained a generation of young writers to reach for the highest artistic standards . . .” —Charles Johnson, National Book Award–winning author of Middle Passage