Monday, November 5, 2012

Sidney Offit says...

'When I asked Kurt what he thought was the most important aspect of the craft of fiction that he taught his students during his years on the faculty of the University of Iowa's graduate writing program, as well as Columbia and Harvard, he told me, 'Development. Every scene, every dialogue should advance the narrative and then if possible there should be a surprise ending.' The element of surprise serves, too, to express the paradox of Kurt's viewpoint. When all is said and written, the resolution, the surprise, turns the story around and gives it meaning.'

- Sidney Offit ('Foreword', Look at the Birdie: Short Fiction, Kurt Vonnegut, 2009)

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