On Writers And Writing

Author: Margaret Atwood
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0349006245
File Size: 41,98 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Read: 4698

By the author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and ALIAS GRACE What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have seen fit to assume, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the book's title: if a writer is to be seen as 'gifted', who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Margaret Atwood's wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer, both in Canada and on the international scene. The lightness of her touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature. Praise for On Writers and Writing: '...a streetwise, erudite suggestive enquiry into problems and myths of the writer's role. Her light touch on hard thoughts, her humour and eclectic quotations, lend enchantment to an argument that has as many undulating tentacles as a well developed sea anemone' -INDEPENDENT 'Her witty, occasionally self-deprecating and always ingenious approach is a delight' -SUNDAY TIMES 'A witty and profound rumination about writing' -THE TIMES

On Writers Writing

Author: John Gardner
Editor: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453203540
File Size: 19,70 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Read: 985

The classic work on the art of fiction by the “refreshingly unpredictable” novelist and literary critic (Publishers Weekly) In this posthumously published collection of his essays and reviews, acclaimed novelist John Gardner discusses the craft of fiction writing, taking to task some of his best-known contemporaries in the process. Gardner criticizes some for writing disingenuous fiction, and commends others who produce literature that acts as a life-affirming force. He offers insights into and exacting critiques on such writers as Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever, while addressing his personal influences and delivering broad-ranging observations on literary culture. Provocative and poignant, On Writers & Writing is a must-read for both aspiring writers and careful readers of American literature. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.

The Other Shore

Author: Michael Jackson
Editor: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520275268
File Size: 61,65 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Read: 2933

In this book, ethnographer and poet Michael Jackson addresses the interplay between modes of writing, modes of understanding, and modes of being in the world. Drawing on literary, anthropological and autobiographical sources, he explores writing as a technics akin to ritual, oral storytelling, magic and meditation, that enables us to reach beyond the limits of everyday life and forge virtual relationships and imagined communities. Although Maurice Blanchot wrote of the impossibility of writing, the passion and paradox of literature lies in its attempt to achieve the impossible--a leap of faith that calls to mind the mystic's dark night of the soul, unrequited love, nostalgic or utopian longing, and the ethnographer's attempt to know the world from the standpoint of others, to put himself or herself in their place. Every writer, whether of ethnography, poetry, or fiction, imagines that his or her own experiences echo the experiences of others, and that despite the need for isolation and silence his or her work consummates a relationship with them.

Mental Hygiene

Author: Ray Robertson
Editor: Insomniac Press
ISBN: 1897414544
File Size: 50,36 MB
Format: PDF
Read: 9684

One of today's best young novelists, Ray Robertson is also one of its ablest critics. Mental Hygiene is a collection of his most entertaining, insightful, controversial, and funniest reviews and essays written over the last five years. Believing that ''writers have a responsibility to help maintain the mental hygiene of their time, '' Robertson, following in the footsteps of Mordecai Richler and other novelist-critics such as Anthony Burgess, Kingsley and Martin Amis and John Updike, is at the front line of contemporary literary debate. Whether castigating the bland cabal he refers to as McCanlit, poking fun at the trendy ephemera of intellectual fashion or arguing for his own unique fictional aesthetic, Robertson pulls no punches and suffers no fools

In Fact

Author: Thomas Mallon
Editor: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307824306
File Size: 58,19 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Read: 5320

From the acclaimed novelist (Henry and Clara, Two Moons), essayist (A Book of One's Own), and critic (1998 National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing)—an engaging new collection of essays. In Fact gathers the best of Thomas Mallon's superb criticism from the past twenty-two years—essays that appeared in his GQ column, "Doubting Thomas," and in The New York Times Book Review, The American Scholar, The New Yorker, and Harper's, among other publications. Here are his evaluations of the work of contemporary writers such as Nicholson Baker, Peter Carey, Tom Wolfe, Do DeLillo, Joan Didion, and Robert Stone, and reassessments of such earlier twentieth-century figures as John O'Hara, Sinclair Lewis, Truman Capote, and Mary McCarthy. Mallon also considers an array of odd literary genres and phenomena—including book indexes, obituaries, plagiarism, cancelled checks, fan mail, and author tours. And he turns his sharp eye on historical fiction (his own genre) as well as on the history, practice, and future of memoir. Smart, unorthodox, and impassioned, this collection is an integral piece of an important literary career and an altogether marvelous read. From the Hardcover edition.

Writing Alone Writing Together

Author: Judy Reeves
Editor: New World Library
ISBN: 9781577318248
File Size: 45,32 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Read: 7494

The lonely life of a writer need not be. There are ways to break that isolation and find encouragement and support within groups of like-minded people. Sections in Writing Alone, Writing Together include Writing Practice Groups, Creating Writing Prompts, Group Leadership, and even What to Do with the Bores, Whiners, Control Junkies, and Thugs. Whether the group is oriented toward writing the great American novel or a family memory book, this useful book offers an array of effective techniques to help writers achieve their goals.

On Writers And Writing

ISBN: 9781559498654
File Size: 67,42 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Read: 7049

Description: Tide-mark is pleased to offer a series of boxed note cards featuring 24 of our top-selling photographers and artists as well as some new ones. Each set includes four cards each of four images with envelopes in a gift-quality box. Notes: Image titles are featured with notes about the size and medium of the original work, are recorded on the back of each card. The keepsake box is designed to last long after the cards have been used and is perfect for saving letters, photographs, or other memorabilia. The box has a hinged folding leaf cover with a hidden magnetic closure. It is made of sturdy board and is covered with decorative laminated wrap. The descriptive copy is on the sleeve, not the box, so the aesthetic quality of the box is uncompromised.

Writers On Writing

Author: Maurice Angus Lee
Editor: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313315923
File Size: 29,58 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Read: 9889

Short story writers reflect on the craft, on their own works, and on challenges and trends in short story writing.

The Mathematics Of The Breath And The Way

Author: Charles Bukowski
Editor: City Lights Books
ISBN: 087286782X
File Size: 19,72 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Read: 8389

“Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way, or even to say a simple thing in a simpler way.”—Charles Bukowski In The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way, Charles Bukowski considers the art of writing, and the art of living as a writer. Bringing together a variety of previously uncollected stories, columns, reviews, introductions, and interviews, this book finds him approaching the dynamics of his chosen profession with cynical aplomb, deflating pretensions and tearing down idols armed with only a typewriter and a bottle of beer. Beginning with the title piece—a serious manifesto disguised as off-handed remarks en route to the racetrack—The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way runs through numerous tales following the author’s adventures at poetry readings, parties, film sets, and bars, and also features an unprecedented gathering of Bukowski’s singular literary criticism. From classic authors like Hemingway to underground legends like d.a. levy to his own stable of obscure favorites, Bukowski uses each occasion to expound on the larger issues around literary production. The book closes with a handful of interviews in which he discusses his writing practices and his influences, making this a perfect guide to the man behind the myth and the disciplined artist behind the boozing brawler. Born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) is the author of over forty-five books of poetry and prose. David Stephen Calonne has written several books and edited four previous volumes of uncollected Bukowski for City Lights.

Negotiating With The Dead

Author: Margaret Atwood
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521662604
File Size: 76,65 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Read: 4843

The author of The Handmaid's Tale discusses the writing life and the role of the writer in society, making reference to many other writers, alive and dead, to make her case.

Writing Short Stories

Author: Courttia Newland
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474257291
File Size: 11,66 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Read: 6546

Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing short fiction successfully. PART 1 explores the nature and history of the form, personal reflections by the editors, and help getting started with ideas, planning and research. PART 2 includes tips by leading short story writers, including: Alison Moore, Jane Rogers, Edith Pearlman, David Vann, Anthony Doerr, Vanessa Gebbie, Alexander MacLeod, Adam Thorpe and Elspeth Sandys. PART 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and exploring your characters to beating writers' block, rewriting and publishing your stories.

One Person And Another

Author: Richard G. Stern
Editor: Baskerville Pub
File Size: 59,15 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Read: 5526

A continually interesting selection of essays, reports, and reviews of writers, books, writers' activities, and literary speculations written between 1956 and 1993, intended as a companion volume to Stern's Noble Rot; Stories 1949-1988. Published by Baskerville Publishers, 7616 LBJ Freeway, Suite 220, Dallas, TX 75251. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Multilingual Writers And Writing Centers

Author: Ben Rafoth
Editor: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 145718866X
File Size: 70,53 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Read: 1305

Multilingual writers—often graduate students with more content knowledge and broader cultural experience than a monolingual tutor—unbalance the typical tutor/client relationship and pose a unique challenge for the writing center. Multilingual Writers and Writing Centers explores how directors and tutors can better prepare for the growing number of one-to-one conferences with these multilingual writers they will increasingly encounter in the future. This much-needed addition of second language acquisition (SLA) research and teaching to the literature of writing center pedagogy draws from SLA literature; a body of interviews Rafoth conducted with writing center directors, students, and tutors, and his own decades of experience. Well-grounded in daily writing center practice, the author addresses which concepts and practices directors can borrow from the field of SLA to help tutors respond to the needs of multilingual writers, what directors need to know about these concepts and practices, and how tutoring might change in response to changes in student populations. Multilingual Writers and Writing Centers is a call to invigorate the preparation of tutors and directors for the negotiation of the complexities of multilingual and multicultural communication.

Wondrous Words

Author: Katie Wood Ray
Editor: National Council of Teachers
File Size: 60,94 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Read: 3242

Examines the theoretical underpinnings of how students learn to write from reading other writers; describes various kinds of inquiry designed to help teachers and students learn how to learn from writers; and includes thoughts from the author on writing and teaching, as well as a selection of resource materials.

Coleridge On Writers And Writing

Author: Seamus Perry
ISBN: 9780826483720
File Size: 44,45 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Read: 9606

Native Writers And Canadian Writing

Author: William H. New
Editor: UBC Press
ISBN: 9780774803717
File Size: 73,19 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Read: 2881

Additional keywords : Aboriginal or Native peoples, First Nations, poems.

Hell And Back

Author: Tim Parks
Editor: Skyhorse
ISBN: 1628720069
File Size: 69,75 MB
Format: PDF
Read: 3058

In this brilliant collection of essays, Tim Parks, a celebrated novelist and master of the essay form, offers a wide range of wonderfully challenging and always provocative reflections on literature and the art of writing. Parks turns his attention to classic authors such as Dante, Leopardi, Borges, Beckett, and Christina Stead; contemporary writers including Vikram Seth and Salman Rushdie; and the late W. G. Sebald and José Saramago, along with a dozen others. The lead essay on Dante sets the tone for the entire collection: erudite, contemplative, witty, and meticulous, it constantly offers new insights into The Inferno, that most celebrated of all poems. In Hell and Back, Tim Parks reminds us just how exciting the essay form can be.

The Poets Writers Complete Guide To Being A Writer

Author: Kevin Larimer
Editor: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 1982123079
File Size: 75,38 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Read: 3383

The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers. For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. Here is the writing bible for authors of all genres and forms, covering topics such as how to: -Harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity -Develop your work from initial idea to final draft -Find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career -Find the best MFA program for you -Publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform -Research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life -Decide between traditional publishing and self-publishing -Find the right literary agent -Anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals -Work successfully with an editor and your publishing team -Market yourself and your work in a digital world -Approach financial planning and taxes as a writer -And much more Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers Magazine, this book brings an unrivaled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Filled with insider information like sample query letters, pitch letters, lists of resources, and worksheets for calculating freelance rates, tracking submissions, and managing your taxes, the guide does more than demystify the writing life—it also provides an array of powerful tools for building a sustainable career as a writer. In addition to the wealth of insights into creativity, publishing, and promotion are first-person essays from bestselling authors, including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Ocean Vuong, as well as reading lists from award-winning writers such as Anthony Doerr, Cheryl Strayed, and Natalie Diaz. Here, at last, is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writer’s desk.

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia Of Eighteenth Century Writers And Writing 1660 1789

Author: Paul Baines
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444390087
File Size: 28,46 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Read: 5688

The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing1660-1789 features coverage of the lives and works of almost 500 notable writers based in the British Isles from the return of the British monarchy in 1660 until the French Revolution of 1789. Broad coverage of writers and texts presents a new picture of 18th-century British authorship Takes advantage of newly expanded eighteenth-century canon to include significantly more women writers and labouring-class writers than have traditionally been studied Draws on the latest scholarship to more accurately reflect the literary achievements of the long eighteenth century

Life Writing

Author: Sally Cline
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472531051
File Size: 21,74 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Read: 8741

Life Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing biography, autobiography and memoir. PART 1 explores the history and forms of life writing and the challenges and potential pitfalls of the genre. PART 2 includes tips by bestselling writers: Diana Athill, Alan Bennett, Alain de Botton, Jill Dawson, Millicent Dillon, Margaret Drabble, Geoff Dyer, Victoria Glendinning, Lyndall Gordon, Peter Hayter, Richard Holmes, Michael Holroyd, Kathryn Hughes, Diane Johnson, Hermione Lee, Andrew Lownie, Janet Malcolm, Alexander Masters, Nancy Milford, Blake Morrison, Andrew Morton, Clare Mulley, Jenni Murray, Nicholas Murray, Kristina Olsson, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, Meryle Secrest, Miranda Seymour, Frances Spalding, Hilary Spurling, Boyd Tonkin, Edmund White. PART 3 includes practical advice - from planning, researching and interviewing to writing, pacing and navigating ethical issues.