Long recognized as a master teacher at writing programs like VONA, the Loft, and the Stonecoast MFA, with A Stranger's Journey, David Mura has written a book on creative writing that addresses our increasingly diverse American literature. Mura argues for a more inclusive and expansive definition of craft, particularly in relationship to race, even as he elucidates timeless rules of narrative construction in fiction and memoir. His essays offer technique-focused readings of writers such as James Baldwin, ZZ Packer, Maxine Hong Kingston, Mary Karr, and Garrett Hongo, while making compelling connections to Mura's own life and work as a Japanese American writer.
- rightsPortions of this book have appeared in the following publications: Gulf Coast Literary Journal, Kartika Review, The AWP Chronicle, Journal of Creative Writing Studies, 2040 Review, GrubWrites, and on my blog, Secret Colors (blog.davidmura.com).
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