John Irving | Writer's Workshop

John Irving

(Born John Wallace Blunt, Jr. on March 2, 1942)

Irving analyzes his methods as a writer, including his unusual technique of writing last things first. "I have to write last sentences," he explains, "in order to get a viewpoint or voice for the rest of the work. How do you know how to begin a story if you don't know who's dead at the end of it?"