Crafting a Life: In Essay, Story, Poem

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Boynton/Cook Publishers, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 165 pages
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In "Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem," Donald Murray demonstrates the craft that has been his discipline and joy for more than half a century. He describes how the writing act has allowed him to live his life twice--once in experience and once again as the evolving draft illuminates the texture and meaning of that experience.

Murray takes the reader into his private writer's workshop and not only reveals the basic techniques of writing essays, stories, and poems, but also discusses the attitudes--emotional and mental--that determine the effectiveness of his craft. Beginning and experienced writers will work beside this Pulitzer Prize winning craftsperson, catching ideas from life, developing them in language, shaping them into publishable forms. In the first section of the book, Murray talks about attitudes and skills that encourage and initiate writing. Then he deals with specific techniques of writing the personal essay, fiction, and poetry. In the final section, he explains the skills of revision and editing as well as ways to develop a writing community and submit work for publication.

"Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem" is both a celebration of the writing process and a practical manual on how to explore the world with the written line. It is a book that every teacher and every student of writing should own.

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User Review  - Heather Moore - Goodreads

I swayed back and forth between "liked it" and "really liked it" when rating this book. There were chapters that were amazing and inspiring, but there were also chapters that felt redundant and too ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

Although I sometimes felt overwhelmed with some of what Murray said, I feel this is a very valuable book for both readers and writers. Read full review

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A Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, DONALD MURRAY is a columnist for The Boston Globe and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire. He has been a writing coach for several national newspapers, written poetry for many journals, including Poetry, and has authored several books on the craft of writing and teaching writing, including Learning by Teaching (Heinemann, 1982), Expecting the Unexpected (Heinemann, 1989), and Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem (Boynton/Cook, 1996).

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