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HOW TO TELL A STORY: The Secrets of Writing Captivating Tales


Excerpt from Peter Rubie's Foreword:

"Gary Provost, one of the great teachers of creative writing in the United States, was in the process of turning his notes and lectures on story sense into a book when he died unexpectedly at the age of fifty. Knowing that he and I were not only friends but shared similar philosophies and ideas about teaching writing, his wife, Gail, and agent, Jeff Herman, asked me to write what is, alas, Gary's last book. . .

Gary was a writer of deceptively simple and crystalline prose and a gifted, empathic teacher with an understanding not only of the process of writing, but of the psychology of the novice writer. His death has left us all the poorer. However, we have his books and his tapes, and we should be thankful that at least this shadow of his excellence can still be shared both by those of us who knew him and those who did not who many still benefit from his legacy."


Literary agent, Peter Rubie, is a seasoned professional in the publishing industry, to say the least.

For more than two decades, Peter had been a writer, editor and teacher prior to becoming fiction editor for Walker and Company in NY before becoming a partner with the Laurie Perkins Literary agency. He has authored numerous fiction and nonfiction books, had previously been a book doctor for Doubleday, Simon & Schuster, Random House and other publishing houses, and currently is CEO of FinePrint Literary Management. He regularly lectures and writes about the craft of writing fiction for magazines, universities and professional seminars. And he is a member of NYU's faculty, teaching the only university course in the country on how to become an agent.

HOW TO TELL A STORY combines the renowned instruction of the late Gary Provost with Peter's literary savvy.


Instruction for Writers

Gary’s invaluable, easy-to-use handbook helps you solve any and all writing problems — whether you are a student, business person or professional writer. Timeless!
A go-to "bible" for writers of fiction and nonfiction. Paired with BEYOND STYLE, you hold the secrets to writing like a pro.

“A crystallization of Gary Provost’s writing wisdom... philosophy made practical.”
—Writer’s Digest Books

Are you an aspiring author? You are, aren't you! Well, here, Gary and Peter examine every secret, every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes. With an outstanding array of examples, you can learn to master the cornerstones of great writing. Step by step. (An original Writer's Digest publication, it is now available to writers in ebook format from online booksellers.)

Master techniques of ripping stories from the headlines for fun and profit.

The Freelance Writer's Handbook contains a wealth of information on leads, query letters, markets and making money off of writing. This had been THE little manual for freelancers . . . back in the day.

The most popular of Gary's novels is now available as an eBook. AND is also now an AUDIBLE book. It's hilarious. It's so . . . Gary.

Gary's irreverent look at just about everything. Click to learn how this "underground hit" launched his unstoppable writing career.