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COPYRIGHT, 1926,

BY

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

PRINTED IN THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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MY STUDENTS IN STORY-WRITING

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IN THE

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA AND WELLESLEY COLLEGE

PREFACE

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Story-Writing: Lessons from the Masters is not like most books on story writing, an introductory

It is one of the few texts intended for advanced students. In many college classes in story-writing the work is too little organized to insure the best results: every assignment is virtually the same as every other assignment, and the class time is too invariably spent in reading and discussing stories written by members of the class. Even where the work is so little directed, good results are often obtained because of the students' intense interest in story-writing, and sometimes because of the stimulating personality of the instructor. The ability of students and the efficacy of the teacher are of first importance, but their good may be easily bettered by intelligent organization.

Where the course is progressive and every assignment is for a particular type of story, a finer quality of work should result. The instructor can make himself felt before as well as after the story is written. By instruction, warning, illustration, he can give actual preparation for each new undertaking. The fact that all have written with a common aim

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