The Writing Life


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


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
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
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
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
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
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.

Betwixt-and-between

Essays on the Writing Life
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.

The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life

An Instructional Memoir for Prose Writers
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.

A Writer's Book of Days

A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life
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
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
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


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
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

the writing life
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

Journals, 1975-2005
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
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.

The Writing Life

The Hopwood Lectures, Fifth Series
Author: Nicholas Delbanco
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472067176
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 138
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Contemporary writers address questions of craft, art, audience, and culture