Readings For Writers: Pick of the Week 8/29/14

Every week, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Kate Racculia recommends a favorite craft book. 

Part dictionary of literary terms and devices, part collection of essays on story tropes and plots, what I love best about Jerome Stern's Making Shapely Fiction is that it is a joy to read. It's poetic. It's sassy. It breathes, as alive as the best prose fiction it describes. It's also a deeply metaphorical, visual approach to crafting stories: a dense, multilayered plot is an onion. An unreliable narrator is a facade. Stern makes you see literature and all its moving pieces--like the most beautiful piece of clockwork.

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About the Author

Kate Racculia is a writer who called Boston home for many years and currently resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the novels THIS MUST BE THE PLACE and BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY, winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award. Her third novel, TUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHOSTS, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2019. You can find her online at

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