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27 essential principles of story : master the secrets of great storytelling, from Shakespeare to South Park / by Daniel Joshua Rubin.

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 808.02 RUB (Text) 33500013282579 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 808.02 RUB (Text) 33500013282561 New On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781523507160
  • ISBN: 1523507160
  • Physical Description: xi, 372 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Essential principles of plot -- Essential principles of character -- Essential principles of setting, dialogue, and theme.
Summary, etc.:
"A modern and actionable guide to the fundamentals of writing compelling, well-crafted, authentic stories in any medium, with lessons illustrated by novels, plays, films, music, video games, and TV, and writers from Shakespeare and Dostoevsky to Quentin Tarantino and Eminem."-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
    Seasoned writing instructor Rubin has spent his entire career analyzing the recipe for a compelling narrative. This book is his guide for writers of all skill levels to better understand what makes a memorable, satisfying story. As the title suggests, the book is broken down into 27 lessons covering a myriad of topics, from plot to character to setting to theme. Each lesson includes an explanation of a concept; an example of that concept from a published master; a list of ways to execute the concept in one's own practice; and a mini–final exam. The masters exemplified range in genre and medium. Rubin includes the work of Toni Morrison, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz, Pixar, Eminem, and more, to help readers better understand how the essential principles apply in action. Rubin's book reads like an intimate college writing workshop. His preferences in style and tone shine through with repeated references to Breaking Bad, Quentin Tarantino, and Anton Chekov. Perfect for any writer looking to ensure their stories operate and resonate at the top of their potential. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Authorship.
Plots (Drama, novel, etc.)
Plots (Drama, novel, etc.)

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