Writing the Western Novel

  • by Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 1 hrs and 9 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Sink into the easy Texas drawl of celebrated Western novelist Elmer Kelton, the son of a Texas cowboy and a five-time Spur award winner. In this live workshop recording he'll share insights about writing in a genre that doesn't always receive the respect it's due. Kelton discusses literary prejudice against Westerns, suggests ways to find a fresh slant and create unusual characters, and reviews trail drive novels. Some of his over 2 dozen novels are: The Day the Cowboys Quit, The Time it Never Rained, and Eyes of the Hawk.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent source, well recorded.

Would you consider the audio edition of Writing the Western Novel to be better than the print version?

yes, although it would be helpful to have printed one (or e-print) at hand as the lesson (the speech) progresses.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Writing the Western Novel?

When Kelton speaks about characters.


What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Clarity. Sense of humour.


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- Igo

Another wonderful experience

I feel so lucky that these presentations have been captured by Audible and made available to writers everywhere. One reviewer said of his books that it was like going fishing. What a great way to spend an afternoon.
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- Salt Lake Joan "happy cook"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-17-1999
  • Publisher: Writer's AudioShop