This book contains twelve fundamental lessons to writing, from journal writing to short stories, to poetry, memoir and more. The beauty of the layout of the book is that you can dip into any of these lessons at any time. If, one day your inspiration leans towards writing a travel essay, you can simply turn to lesson three - "Opinion and Travel Essays". Here you discover the three elements of a travel essay, followed by tips and hints from other writers. Advice included in this lesson comes from editors of travel magazines such as "Condé Nast Traveler" and "National Geographic Traveler", to examples of good travel writing from "The Times" newspaper and other publications. These are followed by tips and writing exercises to help you hone your craft. Each lesson is carefully laid out and easy to follow.
The checklist for rewriting in the "revising" section in lesson eleven near the end of the book is invaluable and is the most well thumbed and used part in my copy of the book, a book I keep permanently on my desk.
Susan Tiberghien founded the Geneva Writers' Group in 1993 in Switzerland and has been giving writing workshops to writers of all nationalities since then. These workshops have been highly appreciated by those who have have attended them and many writers have gone on to achieve success with their work due to Susan's wisdom and teachings. Swiss Watching: Inside Europe's Landlocked Island
(Financial Times book of the year 2010), Moonlight in Odessa
by Janet Skeslien-Charles and Pettina Gappah's "Elegy for Easterly"An Elegy for Easterly
(winner of Guardian First Book Award), are just a few of these successes, there are many more.
For those not lucky enough to be able to attend her workshops, this book provides the next best thing to being there. Whether you live in Newcastle in the UK, or Neuchatel in Switzerland, the advice and the twelve lessons in "One Year to a Writing Life" come from an inspiring teacher and are valid for writers everywhere in the world.