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Show & Tell 6: Writers on Writing

Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

The Publishing Laboratory of UNC Wilmington
$19.95 paperback
5 ½ x 8 ½ 
368 pages
Published in 2009

Newly revised and expanded, the sixth edition of this collection features stories, memoir, and poems by award-winning faculty, visiting writers, and alumni of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. An essential guide for novice writers and readers, Show & Tell has wide application in the classroom as well as for personal study, as a point of entry for beginning writers or a useful review for the more experienced.

"The ballet dancer goes to her studio; you go to your desk. Either way, it takes those studio hours to become intimate with the sinew and bone of your medium," writes poet Michael White. Accompanying the creative selections are craft essays that guide the beginning writer through the fundamentals of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; from creating characters to inducing conflict, excavating childhood memories to gathering raw material, and using images to developing the music of everyday language—fully expoloring the pleasures and challenges of the art of writing. The sixth edition also includes "After Words," offering readers intimate insights from the authors.

Contributors have been anthologized in the Best American and Pushcart Prize series and include a finalist for the National Magazine Award. It features new stories by Clyde Edgerton, Nina de Gramont, and Derek Nikitas; new essays by Wendy Brenner, David Gessner, and Brad Land; new poems by Mark Cox, Sebastian Matthews, and Sharan Strange.


  • Lavonne J. Adams
  • Tim Bass
  • Karen Bender
  • Emma Bolden
  • Wendy Brenner
  • Stanley Colbert
  • Mark Cox
  • Nina de Gramont
  • Clyde Edgerton
  • Phil Furia
  • Ben George
  • Philip Gerard
  • David Gessner
  • Eli Hastings
  • Virginia Holman
  • Brad Land
  • Rebecca Lee
  • Sebastian Matthews
  • Sarah Messer
  • Malena Morling
  • Jason Mott
  • Derek Nikitas
  • Dana Sachs
  • Robert Anthony Siegel
  • George Singleton
  • Emily Louise Smith
  • Sharan Strange
  • Daniel Nathan Terry
  • Peter Trachtenberg
  • Michael White
  • Terry Tempest Williams