Open Access Honors Program Thesis
I will use examples from two of my short stories, “Maple Street” and “Sunday Mail,” to explain certain elements that go into writing characters. I will also be using the craft books Ron Carlson Writes a Story by Ron Carlson, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French, The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, and Burning Down the House by Charles Baxter. Some of these are books were used as textbooks in my classrooms or are books recommended by my professors to serve as tools for writing my stories. This is the collection of the essential lessons I have learned during my college experience, from that overconfident freshman to the more experienced writer I am today. Combing the wisdom I have absorbed from my professors and from books on the craft of fiction with my personal experiences, I can provide a unique and relatable perspective on writing to new writers. I have been where they are, sitting in the back of a Beginning Fiction Writing class wondering, “How do I do this?” Let me tell you.
Date of Award
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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© 2012 Brittany Michelle Betzer
Betzer, Brittany Michelle, "Crafting characters: How to write characters from a beginning writer's perspective" (2012). Honors Program Theses. 12.