The Writer s Portable Mentor

Author: Priscilla Long
Publisher:
ISBN: 082636005X
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Designed to mentor writers at all levels, from beginning to quite advanced, The Writer's Portable Mentor offers a wealth of insight and crafting models from the author's twenty-plus years of teaching and creative thought. The book provides tools for structuring a book, story, or essay. It trains writers in observation and in developing a poet's ear for sound in prose. It scrutinizes the sentence strategies of the masters and offers advice on how to publish. This second edition is updated to account for changes in the publishing industry and provides hundreds of new craft models to inspire, guide, and develop every writer's work.

Bluets

Author: Maggie Nelson
Publisher: Hanser Berlin
ISBN: 9783446261570
Release Date: 2018-07-23
Genre: Fiction

Maggie Nelson kennt alle Schattierungen und Geheimnisse der Farbe Blau – stolz hütet sie ihre Sammlung blauer Objekte –, und sie kennt alle Künstler, die dem Blau verfallen waren: ob Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday oder Yves Klein. Aber zugleich nutzt sie die Farbe, um sich selbst zu erkunden. Denn hinter all dem Nachsinnen über Blau verbirgt sich die Geschichte einer tragischen Liebe. Er, der Prinz des Blauen, hat sie verlassen. Also gibt sie sich mit ganzer Kraft dem hin, was von ihm übrig ist: dem Blau. Kaum jemand hat seinen Schmerz auf so poetische, inspirierende Weise seziert, wie Maggie Nelson es hier tut – eine lyrische, philosophische und sehr persönliche Erkundung der eigenen Leidensfähigkeit.

Das Leben und das Schreiben

Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641054007
Release Date: 2011-02-18
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

„Ich schreibe so lange, wie der Leser davon überzeugt ist, in den Händen eines erstklassigen Wahnsinnigen zu sein.“ Stephen King Während der Genesung nach einem schweren Unfall schreibt Stephen King seine Memoiren – Leben und Schreiben sind eins. Ein unverzichtbarer Ratgeber für alle angehenden Schriftsteller und eine Fundgrube für alle, die mehr über den König des Horror-Genres erfahren wollen. Ein kluges und gleichzeitig packendes Buch über gelebte Literatur. »Eine Konfession.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Reading and Writing Cancer How Words Heal

Author: Susan Gubar
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393246995
Release Date: 2016-05-17
Genre: Health & Fitness

An important addition to the literature of cancer by an award-winning scholar and memoirist. Elaborating upon her “Living with Cancer” column in the New York Times, Susan Gubar helps patients, caregivers, and the specialists who seek to serve them. In a book both enlightening and practical, she describes how the activities of reading and writing can right some of cancer’s wrongs. To stimulate the writing process, she proposes specific exercises, prompts, and models. In discussions of the diary of Fanny Burney, the stories of Leo Tolstoy and Alice Munro, numerous memoirs, novels, paintings, photographs, and blogs, Gubar shows how readers can learn from art that deepens our comprehension of what it means to live or die with the disease. From a writer whose own memoir, Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer, was described by the New York Times Book Review as “moving and instructive…and incredibly brave,” this volume opens a path to healing.

The Last Draft

Author: Sandra Scofield
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781524705084
Release Date: 2017-12-05
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The definitive handbook for the novelist who is ready to revise This wise and friendly guide shows writers how to turn first-draft manuscripts into the novels of their dreams. A critic, longtime teacher, and award-winning novelist, Sandra Scofield illustrates how to reread a work of fiction with a view of its subject and vision, and how to take it apart and put it back together again, stronger and deeper. Scofield builds her explanations around helpful concepts like narrative structure, character agency, and core scenes, using models from classic and contemporary writers. The detailed, step-by-step plan laid out in The Last Draft offers invaluable advice to both novice and experienced writers alike. In Scofield, they will find a seasoned, encouraging mentor to steer them through this emotional and intellectual journey.

Writing after Retirement

Author: Carol Smallwood
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442238312
Release Date: 2014-09-04
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This anthology explores the many avenues would-be writers can take to initiate a career as a published author. It is filled with tips on how to write in a variety of genres and how to connect with other writers in his or her community. This book offers realistic advice that accurately portrays the challenges and obstacles aspiring writers face.

Torch in the Dark

Author: Hadiyah Joan Carlyle
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 9781623093136
Release Date: 2012-07-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Hadiyah Joan Carlyle’s memoir, Torch in the Dark tells the moving story of how she, as a single mother, pioneered as one of the first women since World War II to enter the trades as a union welder. Beginning in a Jewish immigrant neighborhood in New Jersey, the story moves through San Francisco’s colorful Haight-Ashbury in the sixties to arrive at last at Fairhaven Shipyard in Bellingham, Washington. For Hadiyah, welding became both a path to self-reliance and economic survival, and a metaphor for healing from early childhood trauma. Hadiyah was passionate in her desire to learn to weld, to feel the power of the torch, to see the fire, to dispel the darkness. The story of Hadiyah’s journey to healing offers profound inspiration for anyone struggling with issues of abuse and oppression. In addition, the book provides an insightful perspective on the culture of the ’60s and ’70s.

The Way of the Writer

Author: Charles Johnson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501147234
Release Date: 2016-12-06
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

From Charles Johnson—a National Book Award winner, Professor Emeritus at University of Washington, and one of America’s preeminent scholars on literature and race—comes an instructive, inspiring guide to the craft and art of writing. An award-winning novelist, philosopher, essayist, screenwriter, professor, and cartoonist, Charles Johnson has devoted his life to creative pursuit. His 1990 National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage is a modern classic, revered as much for its daring plot as its philosophical underpinnings. For thirty-three years, Johnson taught and mentored students in the art and craft of creative writing. The Way of the Writer is his record of those years, and the coda to a kaleidoscopic, boundary-shattering career. Organized into six accessible, easy-to-navigate sections, The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process. Johnson shares his lessons and exercises from the classroom, starting with word choice, sentence structure, and narrative voice, and delving into the mechanics of scene, dialogue, plot and storytelling before exploring the larger questions at stake for the serious writer. What separates literature from industrial fiction? What lies at the heart of the creative impulse? How does one navigate the literary world? And how are philosophy and fiction concomitant? Luminous, inspiring, and imminently accessible, The Way of the Writer is a revelatory glimpse into the mind of the writer and an essential guide for anyone with a story to tell.

Minding the Muse

Author: Priscilla Long
Publisher: Coffeetown Press
ISBN: 1603813632
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Genre: Art

Minding the Muse is a practical handbook for the artist or writer--highly experienced, aspiring, or somewhere in between. Long draws from her extensive background as a poet, writer, and master teacher, but also gathers the insights and practices of a wide range of high-achieving artists, including mystery writer Raymond Chandler, choreographer Twyla Tharp, poet and performance artist Patti Smith, and the painter Joan Miro. Beginning with the first sparks of artistic creation--"Gathering, Hoarding, Conceptualizing"--Long moves through the various stages to "Completing Works" and "Poet as Peddler, Painter as Pusher: Marketing." Every creative worker will find something here to take to heart and into the studio or workroom. "

The Modern Library Writer s Workshop

Author: Stephen Koch
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780307538482
Release Date: 2009-05-14
Genre: Reference

“Make [your] characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.” —Kurt Vonnegut “‘The cat sat on the mat’ is not the beginning of a story, but ‘the cat sat on the dog’s mat’ is.” —John Le Carré Nothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you can’t get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel García Márquez together at the Algonquin, The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop gives you the next best thing. Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia University’s graduate creative writing program, presents a unique guide to the craft of fiction. Along with his own lucid observations and commonsense techniques, he weaves together wisdom, advice, and inspiring commentary from some of our greatest writers. Taking you from the moment of inspiration (keep a notebook with you at all times), to writing a first draft (do it quickly! you can always revise later), to figuring out a plot (plot always serves the story, not vice versa), Koch is a benevolent mentor, glad to dispense sound advice when you need it most. The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop belongs on every writer’s shelf, to be picked up and pored over for those moments when the muse needs a little help finding her way. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Die Kunst des Feldspiels

Author: Chad Harbach
Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag
ISBN: 9783832186456
Release Date: 2012-08-17
Genre: Fiction

Chad Harbach hat den Traum von der »Great American Novel« wahr gemacht: ›Die Kunst des Feldspiels‹ ist ein literarisches Wunder, ein magisches Debüt, ein so kluger wie zu Herzen gehender Roman über den Abschied von der Jugend, über Leidenschaft und Liebe, Freundschaft und Familie. Der Gott des Spiels hat Henry Skrimshander ein Geschenk in die Wiege gelegt: Der schmächtige, unscheinbare Junge aus der Provinz ist das größte Baseball-Talent seit Jahrzehnten. Als er in die Mannschaft des Westish College aufgenommen wird, scheint sein Aufstieg in den Olymp vorprogrammiert. Monatelang macht er nicht einen Fehler. Doch dann geht ein Routinewurf auf fatale Weise daneben ... und die Schicksale von fünf Menschen werden untrennbar miteinander verknüpft. Henry hat einen neuen Gegner: den Selbstzweifel. Sein Mentor Mike Schwartz macht die bittere Erfahrung, dass er Henry zuliebe sich selbst vergessen hat. Henrys schwuler Mitbewohner Owen muss sich von einem herben Schlag erholen. Rektor Affenlight lernt spät im Leben die wahre Liebe kennen und schlittert in eine gefährliche Affäre. Und seine Tochter Pella flieht vor ihrem Mann nach Westish – um auf dem Campus mehr als nur Sex zu finden. Während das dramatische Endspiel unerbittlich näher rückt, sind sie alle gezwungen, sich mit ihren tiefsten Wünschen und Abgründen auseinanderzusetzen. Am Ende wird einer von ihnen gleich zweimal bestattet, und die Leben der anderen werden nie mehr dieselben sein. ›Die Kunst des Feldspiels‹ erzählt von den Dingen, die uns ausmachen – den Fehlern wie den Obsessionen. Wer wissen will, was es bedeutet, hier und heute ein Mensch zu sein, der muss dieses Buch lesen. »Debütromane von solcher Vollkommenheit und Sogkraft sind sehr, sehr selten.« Jonathan Franzen »Wunderbar zu lesen, das reinste Vergnügen.« John Irving

Tiger Tiger

Author: Margaux Fragoso
Publisher: Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt
ISBN: 9783627021733
Release Date: 2011-03-07
Genre: Fiction

An einem Sommertag in einem öffentlichen Freibad trifft Margaux Fragoso auf Peter Curran, der mit seinen Stiefsöhnen dort ist, und fragt, ob er mit ihr spielen will. Sie ist sieben, er 51. Als sie einige Zeit später mit ihrer Mutter in sein ungewöhnliches Haus eingeladen wird, findet das Mädchen dort ein zauberhaftes Kinderparadies vor, voller seltsamer Haustiere, Bücher, Musik und magischer Spielzeuge. Margaux' Mutter ist liebevoll, aber vom Alltag überfordert und psychisch krank. Immer mehr überlässt sie Peter in fataler Verkennung dessen, was vor ihren Augen geschieht, ihre Tochter. Bald will Margaux ihre gesamte Zeit bei Peter verbringen, der eine ganze Welt für sie erschafft - ganz so wie Lewis Carroll es für Alice getan hat. Ihre Beziehung entwickelt sich schnell vom Unschuldigen zum Illegalen. Mit der Zeit erschleicht sich Peter die Rolle von Margaux' Spielkameraden, wird zu ihrem Vater, dann zum Liebhaber und Eroberer. Charmant und abstoßend, warmherzig und gewalttätig, liebevoll und manipulativ dringt Peter in jeden Bereich von Margaux' Leben ein und verwandelt sie von einem vor Phantasie und Gefühl sprühenden Mädchen in eine jung-alte Frau am Rande des Suizids. Die Umwelt wird auf das ungleiche Paar aufmerksam, doch alle Erkundungen von außerhalb verlaufen im Sand. Als sie 22 ist, ist es Peter, der sich, gequält von der Angst, sie zu verlieren, mit 66 Jahren das Leben nimmt.

Crossing Over

Author: Priscilla Long
Publisher:
ISBN: 0826323960
Release Date: 2015-07-15
Genre: Poetry

"Priscilla Long would take a bridge anywhere to reach her lost sister, and these poems are replete with bridges literal and metaphoric. In her quest and resolve, these words resonate from 'Kaddish for Susanne': 'All praise to all that is.'"--Carole Simmons Oles, author of A Selected History of Her Heart: Poems

A Writer s Book of Days

Author: Judy Reeves
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 9781577319368
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Since it was first published a decade ago, A Writer's Book of Days has become the ideal coach for thousands of writers. Author Judy Reeves meets writers wherever they may be on a given day with get-going prompts and exercises, tips and habits for finding time and creating space, insight into blocks, ways to find images and inspiration, advice on working in writing groups, and suggestions, quips, and trivia from accomplished practitioners. Updated — including new information about technology — Reeves's holistic approach addresses every aspect of what makes creativity possible (and joyful): the physical, emotional, and spiritual. And like a smart, empathic inner mentor, she helps readers make every day a writing day.