Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has been praised as “the best living American writer” (Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram
). During his prestigious career, he has taught graduate fiction at Florida State University
his version of literary boot camp. Now Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction
, the classic text on creative writing“the best such book on the market” according to James L. Marra of Temple Universityintroduces her edited transcripts of Butler’s thought-provoking lectures. From Where You Dream
reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing fiction as the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler
reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. He offers invaluable insights into the nature of voice and shows how to experience fiction as a sensual, cinematic series of takes and scenes. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master, From Where You Dream
is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.