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Bookmark This: "Naming the World"

Bookmark This is a weekly post featuring insight on craft and the writing life.

Today, the Mark Blog recommends a great resource: a compendium of writing strategies called Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston. 

Every chapter is a "master class" with a different writer, teacher, or editor. Susan Straight, a PEN member who cofounded the MFA program at UC Riverside, provides the section on point-of-view.

Bret Anthony Johnston has been featured in The Paris Review and Open City, as well as many anthologies, including New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2003 and 2004; Prize Stories: The O. Henry Prize Stories 2002; and Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops 1999. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received a Teaching-Writing Fellowship, he teaches creative writing at California State University, San Bernardino.