George MacDonald A Writer s Life

At that point he surely thought its release in 1897 would represent the closing chapter of his writing life. However, one year later yet again he gathered ...


Author: Michael Phillips

Publisher: Rosetta Books

ISBN: 9780795352737

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 910

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The leading MacDonald scholar and biographer presents the most comprehensive work to date on the 19th century author’s life and work. Best known for his fiction and fairy tales, such as the immortal classics Robert Falconer and At the Back of the North Wind, the Victorian author and theologian George MacDonald inspired some of the greatest writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Most notably, C.S. Lewis credits MacDonald’s books with inspiring his works of fantasy fiction as well as putting him on the path to Christianity. In this major biographical work, MacDonald scholar Michael Phillips examines how the events of the author’s life contributed to his work and legacy. Referring to this volume as a “bibliographic biography,” Phillips brings his expertise to bear on the complete corpus of MacDonald’s fiction, pointing out each book’s essential themes, and offering insights into how each title can be most perceptively be read.

Bird by Bird

A step-by-step guide to writing and managing the writer's life covers each portion of a written project, addresses such concerns as writer's block and getting published, and offers awareness and survival tips. Reprint. Tour.


Author: Anne Lamott

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780385480017

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 239

View: 520

A step-by-step guide to writing and managing the writer's life covers each portion of a written project, addresses such concerns as writer's block and getting published, and offers awareness and survival tips. Reprint. Tour.

Writing Vietnam Writing Life

... a different person from the one who entered Vietnam one year earlier? pc: I would say that whoever I was when I went there died and that I was re- born.


Author: Tobey C. Herzog

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587297236

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 739

Phillip Caputo, Larry Heinemann, Tim O’Brien, and Robert Olen Butler: four young midwestern Americans coming of age during the 1960s who faced a difficult personal decision—whether or not to fight in Vietnam. Each chose to participate. After coming home, these four veterans became prizewinning authors telling the war stories and life stories of soldiers and civilians. The four extended conversations included in Writing Vietnam, Writing Life feature revealing personal stories alongside candid assessments of each author’s distinct roles as son, soldier, writer, and teacher of creative writing. As Tobey Herzog's thoughtful interviews reveal, these soldier-authors have diverse upbringings, values, interests, writing careers, life experiences, and literary voices. They hold wide-ranging views on, among other things, fatherhood, war, the military, religion, the creative process, the current state of the world, and the nature of both physical and moral courage. For each author, the conversation and richly annotated chronology provide an overview of the writer’s life, the intersection of memory and imagination in his writing, and the path of his literary career. Together, these four life stories also offer mini-tableaux of the fascinating and troubling time of 1960s and 1970s America. Above all, the conversations reveal that each author is linked forever to the Vietnam War, the country of Vietnam, and its people.

Shimmering Images

-Susan M. Tiberghien , author of One Year to a Writing Life “ Shimmering Images has what it takes to be an outstanding how - to book for aspiring writers .


Author: Lisa Dale Norton

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1429953071

Category: Reference

Page: 144

View: 699

Rich, funny, and moving personal narratives depend on a few key moments in time to anchor the story and give it impact. Shimmering Images teaches the aspiring memoirist how to locate key memories using Lisa's technique for finding, linking, and fleshing out those vibrant recollections of important moments and situations. Shimmering Images will address: *the difference between memoir and autobiography *how to claim your voice *the art of storytelling *honesty, truth, and compassion in writing *authentic dialogue and the need for specificity Readers will learn how to craft a short piece of narrative nonfiction grounded in their core memories and master a technique they can use over and over again for writing other narratives. A must-have book for anyone who has treasured Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott or Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

The Soul of Place

A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci ... Writing Down the Bones Susan M. Tiberghien, One Year to a Writing Life ...


Author: Linda Lappin

Publisher: Travelers' Tales

ISBN: 9781609521042

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 948

In this engaging creative writing workbook, novelist and poet Linda Lappin presents a series of insightful exercises to help writers of all genres—literary travel writing, memoir, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction—discover imagery and inspiration in the places they love. Lappin departs from the classical concept of the Genius Loci, the indwelling spirit residing in every landscape, house, city, or forest—to argue that by entering into contact with the unique energy and identity of a place, writers can access an inexhaustible source of creative power. The Soul of Place provides instruction on how to evoke that power. The writing exercises are drawn from many fields—architecture, painting, cuisine, literature and literary criticism, geography and deep maps, Jungian psychology, fairy tales, mythology, theater and performance art, metaphysics—all of which offer surprising perspectives on our writing and may help us uncover raw materials for fiction, essays, and poetry hidden in our environment. An essential resource book for the writer’s library, this book is ideal for creative writing courses, with stimulating exercises adaptable to all genres. For writers or travelers about to set out on a trip abroad, The Soul of Place is the perfect road trip companion, attuning our senses to a deeper awareness of place.

The Writing Life

It is my happy task to hand out money - nearly one - and - a - half million ... Year after year the advice is provocative ; year after year I've been proud ...


Author: Nicholas Delbanco

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472067176

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 138

View: 750

Contemporary writers address questions of craft, art, audience, and culture

The Wealth Choice

Finally, in spite of all the tough years, I was earning a living as a writer. One year later, another break came my way. The Napoleon Hill Foundation caught ...


Author: Dennis Kimbro

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781137324139

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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It's no secret that these hard times have been even harder for the Black community. Approximately 35 percent of African Americans had no measurable assets in 2009, and 24 percent of these same households had only a motor vehicle. Dennis Kimbro, observing how the weight of the continuing housing and credit crises disproportionately impacts the African-American community, takes a sharp look at a carefully cultivated group of individuals who've scaled the heights of success and how others can emulate them. Based on a seven year study of 1,000 of the wealthiest African Americans, The Wealth Choice offers a trove of sound and surprising advice about climbing the economic ladder, even when the odds seem stacked against you. Readers will learn about how business leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities like Bob Johnson, Spike Lee, L. A. Reid, Herman Cain, T. D. Jakes and Tyrese Gibson found their paths to wealth; what they did or didn't learn about money early on; what they had to sacrifice to get to the top; and the role of discipline in managing their success. Through these stories, which include men and women at every stage of life and in every industry, Dennis Kimbro shows readers how to: · Develop a wealth-generating mindset and habits · Commit to lifelong learning · Craft goals that match your passion · Make short-term sacrifices for long-term gain · Take calculated risks when opportunity presents itself

The Geek s Guide to the Writing Life

You had to apply to Blanche Boyd's Introductory Fiction class at Connecticut College and carving out the solitude to write that story as a first-year ...


Author: Stephanie Vanderslice

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350023581

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

View: 310

The desire to create, to write, to fulfil our artistic dreams is a powerful human need. Yet the number of people who make a living solely by their pen is actually quite small. What does that mean for the rest of us, the self-described writing geeks, who are passionate about writing and who still want to sustain successful literary lives? What does it really mean to find time to build a rewarding writing life while pursuing a career, being a partner or raising a family, in the distracted, time-deprived, 21st-century? In The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life, based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name, Stephanie Vanderslice shares the secrets and tools to developing a successful, rewarding writing practice in a way that inspires the reader to persevere through the inevitable lows and even the highs of a literary life, so that anyone can pursue the path to realizing their artistic dreams.

Ink Dance

Oneyear, fiveyear, tenyear, and lifetime goals. They'd be something like: 1 yearwrite three short stories 5 years—sell a story 10 years—sell a novel ...


Author: Deborah J. Ross

Publisher: Deborah J. Ross

ISBN: 9781611383508

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


View: 369

A cup of inspiration, a dash of understanding, and a generous serving of wisdom for writers new and old. From the desk of writer and editor Deborah J. Ross comes a collection of warm, insightful essays on the writing life: including getting started, negotiating with the Idea Fairy and creating memorable characters, writing queries, surviving bad reviews, dealing with life’s interruptions, confronting creative jealousy, and nourishing yourself and your creative muse.

American Writers

... she attended Ohio State University for one year before transferring to Vassar College, where she also spent just one year. Early in her writing life, ...


Author: Elizabeth H. Oakes

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438108094

Category: American literature

Page: 430

View: 827

"American Writers focuses on the rich diversity of American novelists

Writing Life Stories

And then I carried on with my life, finishing up my first year of tenuretrack teaching at the University of Maine at Farmington. I'd just published my first ...


Author: Bill Roorbach

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599634524

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 228

How to Make Memories into Memoirs, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature From drawing a map of a remembered neighborhood to signing a form releasing yourself to take risks in your work, Roorbach offers innovative techniques that will trigger ideas for all writers. Writing Life Stories is a classic text that appears on countless creative nonfiction and composition syllabi the world over. This updated 10th anniversary edition gives you the same friendly instruction and stimulating exercises along with updated information on current memoir writing trends, ethics, internet research, and even marketing ideas. You'll discover how to turn your untold life stories into vivid personal essays and riveting memoirs by learning to open up memory, access emotions, shape scenes from experience, develop characters, and research supporting details. This guide will teach you to see your life more clearly and show you why real stories are often the best ones.

Transformative Learning Through Creative Life Writing

The programme operated in its oneyear Diploma format for five years. In 2001 Christine Cohen Park joined the tutor team, having just returned to Britain ...


Author: Celia Hunt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136734038

Category: Education

Page: 216

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Arising from a research project conducted over two years, Transformative Learning through Creative Life Writing examines the effects of fictional autobiography on adult learners’ sense of self. Starting from a teaching and learning perspective, Hunt draws together ideas from psychodynamic psychotherapy, literary and learning theory, and work in the cognitive and neurosciences of the self and consciousness, to argue that creative life writing undertaken in a supportive learning environment, alongside opportunities for critical reflection, has the power to transform the way people think and learn. It does this by opening them up to a more embodied self-experience, which increases their awareness of the source of their thinking in bodily feeling and enables them to develop a more reflexive approach to learning. Hunt locates this work within recent developments in the influential field of transformative learning. She also identifies it as a form of therapeutic education arguing, contrary to those who say that this approach leads to a diminished sense of self, that it can help people to develop a stronger sense of agency, whether for writing or learning or relations with others. Topics covered include: Creative writing as a tool for personal and professional development The transformative benefits and challenges of creative writing as a therapeutic activity The relationships between literary structures and the processes of thinking and feeling The role of cognitive-emotional learning in adult education Collaborative learning and the role of the group This book will interest teachers in adult, further and higher education who wish to use creative life writing as a tool for learning, as well as health care professionals seeking art-based techniques for use in their practice. It will also prove useful to academics interested in the relationship between education and psychotherapy, and in the theory and practice of transformative learning. Additionally, it will appeal to writers seeking a deeper understanding of the creative process.

Building a Writing Life

Then, one day, I went to take down yesterday's word count when I noticed a little ... I finished an entire book that year for the first time in my life and ...


Author: Hillary DePiano


ISBN: 9781944909000

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 126

View: 210

Do you want to write but have no idea where to start? Building a Writing Life is the beginner writer’s guide you’ve been looking for! You want to be a writer. You want to start a writing habit, share your story, and make some real progress on your writing dreams. You want to find time to write and make room in your life for everything from daily journaling to writing books and beyond. You want to build a writing life. But how do you start? Building a Writing Life is a straightforward, step-by-step guide to integrating writing into your life so you can make steady progress on your goals. Whether you write for personal reasons or dream of more commercial success, you CAN fit writing into your already busy life. With simple, actionable steps you can start taking today, this easy-to-read guide will take you from an aspiring writer to the real deal. In this book, you’ll… • Make the mental commitment to your writing dreams. • Conquer your fears and doubts to start the story of your heart. • Discover and nurture ideas. • Build a regular writing habit. • Motivate yourself to write on days when you don’t feel like it. • Find and make room in your schedule, even if there’s no time to write. • Battle distractions and be productive with your writing time. • Discover your ideal writing circumstances by thinking outside the textbox. • Fine-tune your writing process by setting better goals and embracing what works for you. … and, most important of all… • Become a writer at last!

Write Before Christmas

I'd spent twenty years as an author living in relative obscurity, writing books that only mattered to a handful of devoted fans, but one year ago, ...


Author: Julie Hammerle

Publisher: Entangled: August

ISBN: 9781649370624

Category: Fiction

Page: 150

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You’ve probably heard of me. Reclusive fantasy author turned famous when his series got developed into a mega TV hit. Except now I’m way behind deadline, and the whole world is waiting to see what I’ll write next. The pressure is getting to me, and I. Can’t. Write. Cue: small town where people don’t recognize me. Cue: my assistant insisting on a personal chef to keep me fed and nothing more. Cue: finding the first bit of inspiration I’ve felt in months whenever she’s around... Am I a walking cliche now, or what? Dani Cooper seems to have her own hurdles to jump this holiday season. Newly divorced, looking for her next move. She’s the first person who’s seen me for me in way too long. And I see her, too--as way more than just an employee, a divorcee, a cook. She’s becoming my muse... But when my Christmas deadline hits, will it spell the end of us, too?

Encyclopedia of Life Writing

Won Fulbright scholarship and moved to England to study at the Warburg Institute, London, for one year, 1973. Moved back to San Francisco, where he worked ...


Author: Margaretta Jolly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136787430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1150

View: 861

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

My Life of Ministry Writing Teaching and Traveling

For Lent one year I had a large wooden cross made and two smaller crosses and placed those behind the altar; since Westhues insisted that more than one ...


Author: Mark G. Boyer

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725288010

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 550

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In My Life of Ministry, Writing, Teaching, and Traveling: The Autobiography of an Old Mines Missionary, I present my life as a child growing up in a French village about sixty miles south of St. Louis in the middle of the twentieth century. After eighteen years of life in Old Mines, the oldest settlement in the state of Missouri, I moved to St. Louis for four years and then to St. Meinrad, Indiana, for four years where education opened my eyes to a world very much larger than my village of origin. Life continued for me after ordination as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church in Springfield and Joplin, Missouri. Because my life is the thread stitching together this book, I have made it manageable by dividing it into four categories: ministry, writing, teaching, and travel. These categories contain the stories of others whose life threads of seventy years are woven into my lifetime tapestry. This is my autobiography--one of a missionary from Old Mines to the thirty-nine counties forming the southern third of the state of Missouri--composed during my seventieth year of life.

Other Sisterhoods

Throughout the text , which collapses the experiences of a lifetime into a journal of one year , Glancy presents various theories on writing .


Author: Sandra Kumamoto Stanley

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252066669

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 351

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Where are the women writers of color? Where are their theoretical voices? The fifteen contributors to Other Sisterhoods examine how women writers of color have contributed to the discourse of literary and cultural theory. They focus on the impact of key issues, such as social construction and identity politics, on the works of women writers of color, as well as how these women deal with differences relating to gender, class, race/ethnicity, and sexuality. The book also explores the ways women writers of color have created their own ethnopoetics within the arena of literary and cultural theory, helping to redefine the nature of theory itself.

Create Your Writer s Life A Guide to Writing With Joy and Ease

One of my friends calls this “numerous projects in various stages of ... and your ideal conditions for writing and familiarized yourself with your gremlin, ...


Author: Cynthia Morris

Publisher: Original Impulse Inc.

ISBN: 9780975922453

Category: Reference

Page: 146

View: 632

Create Your Writer's Life offers a coaching approach to develop a writing practice that actually works. Finally, a resource that allows you to do it your way, and that works.

An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days

My first academic book, my first memoir. Bookends for a writing life. There's a nice symmetry to that. The Press is off campus, on the east side of I-35.


Author: Susan Wittig Albert

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292784383

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 201

From Eudora Welty's memoir of childhood to May Sarton's reflections on her seventieth year, writers' journals offer an irresistible opportunity to join a creative thinker in musing on the events—whether in daily life or on a global scale—that shape our lives. In An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days, best-selling mystery novelist Susan Wittig Albert invites us to revisit one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory, 2008, through the lens of 365 ordinary days in which her reading, writing, and thinking about issues in the wider world—from wars and economic recession to climate change—caused her to reconsider and reshape daily practices in her personal life. Albert's journal provides an engaging account of how the business of being a successful working writer blends with her rural life in the Texas Hill Country and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. As her eclectic daily reading ranges across topics from economics, food production, and oil and energy policy to poetry, place, and the writing life, Albert becomes increasingly concerned about the natural world and the threats facing it, especially climate change and resource depletion. Asking herself, "What does it mean? And what ought I do about it?", she determines practical steps to take, such as growing more food in her garden, and also helps us as readers make sense of these issues and consider what our own responses might be.

The Value of Risk

... there—where he met another highly talented student, Albert Einstein. ... writing life reinsurance in 1860, and then hailstorm reinsurance one year later ...


Author: Peter Borscheid

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199689804

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 496

View: 909

This book explains how today's insurance industry developed and highlights the role of the reinsurance industry in spreading risks globally. Reinsurance is an invisible service industry which enables insurance companies to insure more risks and to make better use of their resources. Reinsurance comes to the fore when large disasters happen such as earthquakes or windstorms. The book examines the development of insurance markets and of the reinsurance industry inparticular, and the history of Swiss Re, one of the leading reinsurance companies in the world.