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David Michael Kaplan

Born: 1946 in New York, New York
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Kaplan lives in Chicago and teaches creative writing at Loyola University.

Biography: David Michael Kaplan is an associate professor of English at Loyola University in Chicago, where he directs the creative writing program. He has written award-winning short stories that are compiled in his book, ''Comfort''. The book begins with a piece entitled 'Doe Season,' which was selected as one of the best American short stories of 1985.

  • Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, 1999, for ''Bamboo''. "Doe Season" was selected as one of the Best American Short Stories of 1985.

David Michael Kaplan on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Comfort /
ISBN: 0140096248 OCLC: 16648636

Penguin, New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : 1988, ©1987.

Revision :
ISBN: 188491019X OCLC: 35114965

Story Press, Cincinnati, Ohio : ©1997.

With rousing enthusiasm, David Michael Kaplan introduces you to his unique brand of revision: a process of discovery in which your story's words, structure, even its very meaning may change as it grows stronger. He takes you through every stage of the writing process, providing strategies and criteria to help pinpoint the problems in your work and fix them. In addition to illustrating his points with examples from contemporary writers, Kaplan traces the evolution of three of his own stories from journal entries to first (and subsequent) drafts to finished pieces. He shows the changes he made - from single words to entire characters and story lines - and explains why he made them.

Skating in the dark
ISBN: 0679405178 OCLC: 23179463

Pantheon Books, New York : ©1991.