The Writing Life

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Author: Annie Dillard

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061863820

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 128

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Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Writing Life

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Author: Annie Dillard

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780060919887

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

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Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Writing Life

National Book Award Winners

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Author: Neil Baldwin,Diane Osen

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 9780679769835

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 243

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Top American writers discuss writing, books, censorship, book tours, journalism, inspiration, research, characterization, and the literary community

A Dangerous Profession

A Book About the Writing Life

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Author: Frederick Busch

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 0312246080

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Frederick Busch has an enduring love affair with great books, and here he brilliantly communicates his passion to us all. Whether expounding on Melville or Dickens, or celebrating Hemingway or O'Hara, he explains what literature can ineffably reveal about our own lives. For Busch, there was no other recourse save the "dangerous profession;" it was to be his calling, and in these piercing essays, he demonstrates that we as a culture ignore the fundamental truths about fiction only at our own peril. With keen ruminations that recall the critcs of yore- Edmund Wilson, Lionel Trilling, and Irving Howe-Busch, in this era of moral indirection, has revealed how the literature of our past is the key to our survival in the future.

Brook Trout and the Writing Life

The Intermingling of Fishing and Writing in a Novelist's Life

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Author: Craig Nova

Publisher: Eno Publishers

ISBN: 0982077181

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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In this memoir, novelist Craig Nova explores the interconnections between his work as a writer, his personal life, and his passion for fly-fishing. Nova leads the reader into his courtship, marriage, the birth of his children, and his life as a father, husband, writer, friend, citizen, and angler. Just as the author observes the life of the elusive and beautiful brook trout in the tea-colored streams, he finds interconnections to his daily lifehe teaches his daughter to build an igloo; he deals with the disappointment of a very public mean-spirited review of his much-anticipated novel; he gazes at his wife-to-be in her hammock by a stream; he finds himself the victim of a random blackmailer. Unpredictable and keenly observed, Nova leads us through the terrain of the life of an artist. The one constant is the stream and the brook trout which offer both respite from the demands of his life and a wellspring of inspiration and strength. It is a paean to nature and the beauty of the brook trout.

Write Away

One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life

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Author: Elizabeth George

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060560428

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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A guide to writing fiction and understanding the creative process presents dozens of literary and commercial examples that demonstrate how to construct a novel, in a reference complemented by personal anecdotes from the author's life.

A Writer's Workbook

Daily Exercises for the Writing Life

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Author: Caroline Sharp

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 125012249X

Category: Reference

Page: 176

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Aspiring doctors have medical school. Karate students have belts of different colors. Pianists have scales and arpeggios. But what system do writers have for getting and staying "in shape," to help them focus, practice, and make progress? A Writer's Workbook is Caroline Sharp's ingenious collection of exercises to inspire, encourage, warm up, and jump-start anyone who writes. A wise and funny friend who will cheerlead you through even your darkest can't-write days and "every idea I've ever had is awful" nights, she provides encouraging suggestions, hilarious observations, and an amazingly vivid catalogue of writers' neuroses (with advice on overcoming them, of course). From "Roget's Resume" and "Emulating Ernest" to "End Well," "The Rewrite Rut," and "Dear John," the exercises in this generous, wry workbook will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.

The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life

An Instructional Memoir for Prose Writers

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Author: Stephanie Vanderslice

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350023574

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

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The desire to create, to write, to fulfil our artistic dreams is a powerful human need. Yet the number of people who make a living solely by their pen is actually quite small. What does that mean for the rest of us, the self-described writing geeks, who are passionate about writing and who still want to sustain successful literary lives? What does it really mean to find time to build a rewarding writing life while pursuing a career, being a partner or raising a family, in the distracted, time-deprived, 21st-century? In The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life, based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name, Stephanie Vanderslice shares the secrets and tools to developing a successful, rewarding writing practice in a way that inspires the reader to persevere through the inevitable lows and even the highs of a literary life, so that anyone can pursue the path to realizing their artistic dreams.

Betwixt-and-between

Essays on the Writing Life

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Author: Jenny Boully

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781566895101

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 140

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Lyric essays on writing, moving among digression, reflection, imagination, and experience as a lover might, bringing art into the world.

A Writer's Book of Days

A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life

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Author: Judy Reeves

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577313120

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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First published a decade ago, A Writer's Book of Days has become the ideal writing coach for thousands of writers. Newly revised, with new prompts, up-to-date Web resources, and more useful information than ever, this invaluable guide offers something for everyone looking to put pen to paper — a treasure trove of practical suggestions, expert advice, and powerful inspiration. Judy Reeves meets you wherever you may be on a given day with: • get-going prompts and exercises • insight into writing blocks • tips and techniques for finding time and creating space • ways to find images and inspiration • advice on working in writing groups • suggestions, quips, and trivia from accomplished practitioners Reeves's holistic approach addresses every aspect of what makes creativity possible (and joyful) — the physical, emotional, and spiritual. And like a smart, empathetic inner mentor, she will help you make every day a writing day.

Telling Stories

The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life

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Author: Lee Martin

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496202023

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 258

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A prolific and award-winning writer, Lee Martin has put pen to paper to offer his wisdom, honed during thirty years of teaching the oh-so-elusive art of writing. Telling Stories is intended for anyone interested in thinking more about the elements of storytelling in short stories, novels, and memoirs. Martin clearly delineates helpful and practical techniques for demystifying the writing process and provides tools for perfecting the art of the scene, characterization, detail, point of view, language, and revision—in short, the art of writing. His discussion of the craft in his own life draws from experiences, memories, and stories to provide a more personal perspective on the elements of writing. Martin provides encouragement by sharing what he’s learned from his journey through frustrations, challenges, and successes. Most important, Telling Stories emphasizes that you are not alone on this journey and that writers must remain focused on what they love: the process of moving words on the page. By focusing on that purpose, Martin contends, the journey will always take you where you’re meant to go.

The Mindful Writer

Noble Truths of the Writing Life

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Author: Dinty W. Moore

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614290075

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 142

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A creative writing professor at Ohio University describes how writing and creativity are born, explains how to use mindful writing to cultivate good writing habits and offers inspiration and support to aspiring writers.

Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life

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Author: Barnaby Conrad

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973234

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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Presents a collection of Peanuts comic strips that revolve around writers and the art of writing along with advice and insights from such authors as Elmore Leonard, Elizabeth George, Sue Grafton, Ray Bradbury, Julia Child, and Danielle Steel. Reprint.

One Year to a Writing Life

Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft

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Author: Susan M. Tiberghien

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0786750421

Category: Reference

Page: 288

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Whether you are a writer of fiction or essays, or want to explore poetry or memoir, Tiberghien's twelve fundamental lessons will help you discover and develop your own distinct voice. Tiberghien's inventive exercises focus on the processes unique to each genre, while also offering skills applicable to any kind of writing, from authentic dialogue to masterful short-shorts. With vivid examples from literary masters such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Eduardo Galeano, May Sarton, Terry Tempest Williams, and Orhan Pamuk, One Year to a Writing Life is an essential guidebook of exercises, practical advice, and wisdom for anyone looking to embrace, explore, and implement creativity in everyday life.

A likely story

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Author: Robert Kroetsch

Publisher: Red Deer Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 223

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A Likely Story recounts the writing life of Robert Kroetsch, one of Canada's foremost writers and literary theorists. With incisive wit, humor and penetrating insight, Robert Kroetsch follows the events of his life, both real and literary, that have moved him from the bareness of desk and computer into the secret places at the heart of the writing experience. Throughout this chronicle, he toys ironically with the notion that he ceases to be himself when he writes, that writing allows him to escape from the confines of self into exciting varieties of the essay, story and poem.A Likely Story records in loving detail that escape. It is a remarkable assemblage of confessional personal essays, one of the principal elegiac poems of out time, a cowboy poem and speculative pieces that defy literary classification. Through them all Robert Kroetsch enters the landscape of recollection, discovery, delight, self-deception, play, grief and revelation, and through them all he insists with customary boldness: "I am attempting to write an autobiography in which I do not appear."

The Writing Life

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Author: Ellen Gilchrist

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604739114

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 226

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Celebrated author Ellen Gilchrist has played many roles-writer and speaker, wife and lover, mother and grandmother. But she never tackled the role of teacher. Offered the opportunity to teach creative writing at the University of Arkansas, she took up the challenge and ventured into unknown territory. In the process of teaching more than two hundred students since her first class in 2000, she has found inspiration in their lives and ambitions and in the challenge of conveying to them the lessons she has learned from living and writing. The Writing Life brings together fifty essays and vignettes centered on the transforming magic of literature and the teaching and writing of it. A portion of the collection discusses the delicate balance between an artistic life and family commitments, especially the daily pressures and frequent compromises faced by a young mother. Gilchrist next focuses on the process of writing itself with essays ranging from "How I Wrote a Book of Short Stories in Three Months" to "Why Is Rewriting so Hard?" Several essays discuss her appreciation of other writers, from Shakespeare to Larry McMurtry, and the lessons she learned from them. Eudora Welty made an indelible impact on Gilchrist's work. When Gilchrist takes on the task of teaching, her essays reveal an enriched understanding of the role writing plays in any life devoted to the craft. Humorous and insightful, she assesses her own abilities as an instructor and confronts the challenge of inspiring students to attain the discipline and courage to pursue the sullen art. Some of these pieces have been previously published in magazines, but most are unpublished and all appear here in book form for the first time.

The Writing Life

Journals, 1975-2005

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Author: George Fetherling

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773541144

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 414

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A prolific author's candid and insightful look at leading figures in Canada's cultural landscape.

The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel

John Williams, Stoner, and the Writing Life

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Author: Charles J. Shields

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477317384

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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When Stoner was published in 1965, the novel sold only a couple of thousand copies before disappearing with hardly a trace. Yet John Williams’s quietly powerful tale of a Midwestern college professor, William Stoner, whose life becomes a parable of solitude and anguish eventually found an admiring audience in America and especially in Europe. The New York Times called Stoner “a perfect novel,” and a host of writers and critics, including Colum McCann, Julian Barnes, Bret Easton Ellis, Ian McEwan, Emma Straub, Ruth Rendell, C. P. Snow, and Irving Howe, praised its artistry. The New Yorker deemed it “a masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man.” The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel traces the life of Stoner’s author, John Williams. Acclaimed biographer Charles J. Shields follows the whole arc of Williams’s life, which in many ways paralleled that of his titular character, from their shared working-class backgrounds to their undistinguished careers in the halls of academia. Shields masterfully recounts Williams’s development as an author, whose other works include the novels Butcher’s Crossing and Augustus (for the latter, Williams shared the 1972 National Book Award). Shields also reveals the astonishing afterlife of Stoner, which garnered new fans with each American reissue, and then became a bestseller all over Europe after Dutch publisher Lebowski brought out a translation in 2013. Since then, Stoner has been published in twenty-one countries and has sold over a million copies.