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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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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Holt (Henry) & Co ,U.S. (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805048936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805048933
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,589,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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