Write Your Heart Out

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Walking Stick Press, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 214 pages
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Write Your Heart Out explores how to turn personal experiences, ideas and emotions into stories, essays, poems and memoirs. In a clear, insightful voice, Rebecca McClanahan teaches readers how to mine and shape personal material, urging them to write deeply, honestly and imaginatively about the most important people, events and emotions in their lives. She emphasizes the importance of personal writing as both catharsis and discovery, addressing such topics as:- Writing about the past- Writing about, and from, strong emotions- Writing to communicate with family and friends- Writing about work, goals and interestsMoving from the private to the public, the book's structure is formulated to guide readers in writing personal, heartfelt works that can, if so desired, culminate in publication.Rebecca McClanahan is the author of six books, including Word Painting. Her short stories, essays and poems have appeared in some of the finest literary journals in the country, including the Kenyon Review, the Gettysburg Review, and the Georgia Review, and have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize XVIII and Best American Poetry, 1998. She lives in New York City.

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User Review  - Dawn - Goodreads

Looking for writing inspiration? Look no further. A hidden gem that will lead you well. Read full review

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User Review  - Annette Gendler - Goodreads

This is a great book about the writing process. McClanahan was one of my MFA teachers and it was good to keep her sage voice in my head for a little longer while reading this book. Even though I have ... Read full review


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Rebecca McClanahan's tenth book, "The Tribal Knot", a multi-generational memoir, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press in 2013. Other books include "The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings", winner of the Glasgow Prize in nonfiction, and "Deep Light: New and Selected Poems". Her work has appeared in "Best American Essays", "Best American Poetry", The Pushcart Prize anthology, "The Kenyon Review", "The Gettysburg Review", "The Sun", and numerous anthologies. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize in fiction and the Wood Prize from "Poetry", McClanahan teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University and Rainier Writing Workshop.

Please visit her website at www.mcclanmuse.com

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