Yours to Tell: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing

“As I sat in the Odyssey Writing Workshop classroom where Melanie and Steve Tem were serving as writers-in-residence, I thought how fortunate the students were to participate in that magical experience.  Through their unique ‘dialogues on writing,’ Melanie and Steve explored topics in a way that was both liberating and illuminating.  Writers could disagree on how to write!  And they could prompt each other to dig deeper into their thoughts and processes, eliciting unique insights.  Students were delighted and fascinated.  Now this book allows more writers to benefit from their invaluable explorations.”

—Jeanne Cavelos, bestselling author and director of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust

"The recorded discourse between the two authors serves as a rich resource for writers and is further embellished with suggested reading lists and reference works."
—Manhattan Book Review, 5 stars

"They study everything for craft lessons and they know what makes fiction work. They know the upside and downside of every writing rule and freely admit to breaking more of them than they uphold."
—Writing Slices

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Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem are no strangers to the writing business. Between the two of them, they have published more than 600 short stories, 20 novels, and 10 short story collections. Not to mention numerous articles, essays, poems, and plays. They've won the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and Bram Stoker Award.

In this book they go over everything from the mechanics of writing, to how to find the time to write, to dealing with all the paper writers tend to collect. They discuss plot, point of view, setting, characterization, and more, all in an informal tone that invites you to become part of their conversation. Learn how to find your stories because they are Yours to Tell.

Read the first chapter titled "Why Write?"

Book Details:

Cover artist Russell Dickerson
TPB ISBN: 978-1937009472
240 Pages

Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem have been writers, both solo and in collaboration, for over thirty-five years. Between them they have published over 600 short stories, 20 novels, 10 short story collections, and numerous articles, essays, poems, and plays. They are past winners of the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and the Bram Stoker Award.