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Writer's Home Companion: An Anthology of the World's Best Writing Advice, from Keats to Kunitz Paperback – 1 May 1997
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Offers a collection of essays by a variety of poets, novelists, critics, and other writers on the process of writing, revision, finding a voice, seeking an audience, and other techniques of authorship.
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A writer needs good company at crucial moments ...
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Writing is a solitary sport - but none of us can do it without good company at crucial moments. This spirited collection of the most inspiring and useful essays and exercises ever produced on the craft of writing is the next best thing to having an experienced writer at your side. These twenty-nine pieces, more than half of which have never been published in book form, include selections as unusual and diverse as behaviorist B. F. Skinner's "How to Discover What You Have to Say"; Brett Millier's investigation of the seventeen drafts of Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art"; Ursula Le Guin's "Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?"; Anne Eisenberg's "E-Mail and the New Epistolary Age"; and Nancy Mairs's "The Writer's Thin Skin and Faint Heart." Other contributors include Gloria Naylor, Stanley Kunitz, Bernard Shaw, Natalie Goldberg, Anne Tyler, Rita Dove, Peter Elbow, and Gail Godwin.
For more than thirty years, Joan Bolker, Ed.D., has taught and counseled writers at Harvard, where she cofounded the Writing Center; at U. Mass, Boston, where she began The Language Place; and at Wellesley, Brandeis and M.I.T., where she was a psychotherapist and writing consultant. She has coached the authors of more than one hundred doctoral dissertations and is currently a clinical psychologist who works with many writers in her private practice.
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on 3 February 2006
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This is a lovely book, full of helpful advice and support for writers. you get the wisdom of many experienced writers/teachers organised and condensed into a single book. A great buy for me and certainly motivated me to get back to the desk. i think all who write can get something out of it. Highly recommended. i find Bolker's other book on writing thesis quite useful as well.
on 2 September 2009
This anthology is mostly full of average and uninteresting essays. I doubt it will inspire people to write. I found that it actually depressed me. It definitely is not the 'world's best writing advice' as the title states. For a more motivating and knowledgeable book I recommend 'The Creative Writing Coursebook', edited by Paul Magrs and Julia Bell.
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8 people found this helpful.
Uneven, some good, some rehash of the familiar
on 6 April 2001 - Published on Amazon.com
I am reading this book at the same time that I am reading Elizabeth Berg's book on writing: "Escaping into the Open". Both books deal with the process of going from beginning writing, to publishing. Berg speaks from her own experience. Bolker uses an anthology approach, gathering articles from several sources, and grouping them according to theme. Which is effective. However, if you've read any books on writing, some of the articles you'll find here will be too familiar, e.g. Natalie Goldberg's article. On the other hand, the B.F. Skinner article looks very promising. I was hoping for a book with greater insight, rather than a forum of what I've already read.
9 people found this helpful.
Best of its Kind
on 7 December 2006 - Published on Amazon.com
Bolker's approach is tailored specifically for writers and those who want to write. She hits all the difficult issues, offers many perspectives, and overall encourages and supports the serious writer. This is a book to pick up if you want to write, and a book to consult whenever you have trouble writing. Having worked for years as a psychological counselor for blocked writers, Bolker knows her topic and shares her insight. This collection is, imho, the best of its kind.
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