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The Writer's Notebook : Craft Essays from Tin House - Dorothy Allison

The Writer's Notebook

Craft Essays from Tin House

Paperback Published: 1st May 2009
ISBN: 9780979419812
Number Of Pages: 264

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The Writer's Notebook combines the best craft seminars from the Summer Writers Workshop's history with craft essays by some of Tin House's favorite authors and features a list of contributors that reads like a veritable who’s who of contemporary poets and prose writers. Jim Shepard, Aimee Bender, Steve Almond, D. A. Powell, Chris Offutt, and others distill elements of writing and share insights into the joys and pains of their own work. They explore a wide range of topics, everything from writing dialogue to the do’s and don'ts of writing about sex. With how-tos, close readings, and personal anecdotes, The Writer's Notebook offers aspiring wordsmiths advice and inspiration to hone their own craft. Included is a CD of workshop discussions and panels

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"Much more entertaining is The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays From Tin House, which is a pretty fair summary of where actual writing instruction is at these days. Most of the essays originated in writing workshops run by the literary magazine Tin House, and they include advice on sex writing by Steve Almond, on what you can learn from Shakespeare by Margot Livesey, and on revision by Chris Offutt, who compares the process to 'draining the kitchen sink and seeing what's in there, which is usually a mess.'"--Charles McGrath, The New York Times "We get all manner of books on writing around here and they tend to blend together but the offerings from Tin House always stand out. They've just published The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House, which includes terrifically useful essays from the likes of Dorothy Allison, Rick Bass, Aimee Bender, Jim Krusoe, Antonya Nelson and Jim Shepard." --The Elegant Variation "Tin House is an outstanding literary journal that publishes some of today's finest contemporary writing...delightful...beautifully written...thoughtful...outstanding..."--Chuck Leddy, The Writer Magazine "The essays within The Writer's Notebook each offer a fresh perspective on various aspects of the writing craft...features an eclectic list of top shelf contributions each bound together by a pragmatic approach to teaching the craft of writing... If you can't actually attend the workshops, this is probably your next best bet." --Mark Flanagan, About.com "Brilliant stuff, and not at all the hackneyed tired advice you find in so many writing books." --Bookfox.com "What's fabulous is we know of these writers, and here we get to know them better through their lectures and essays. With them, we explore the love/hate relationship a writer has with the mind, the words, the pen, and the reader."--Helen Gallagher, Opensalon.com "These essays can be read for the illumination into the craft of writing, whether you are a reader or a writer." --Mary Jo Anderson, The Chronicle Herald "As importantly, almost any subject is good reading in the hands of a talented writer. And believe me...these are fine writers." --Robert Birnbaum, The Morning News "There is enough variety that you are sure to find several kindred souls. The Tin House editors do a great job of gathering an eccentric mix of talented writers and essay subjects." --Lincoln Michel, The Faster Times "The essays are a fascinating look at the writing process by an eclectic group of writers...covering enough ground to offer something of interest to anyone fascinates by the process of writing...I found the discussions both illuminating and inspiring and I recommend the book to anyone interested in writing."--Blogcritics.org

ISBN: 9780979419812
ISBN-10: 0979419816
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st May 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3

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