Building Bicycles in the Dark: A Practical Guide to Writing

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Black Moss Press, 2001 - Reference - 156 pages
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Building Bicycles in the Dark is a very practical primer on how to become a writer. It poses and answers such frequently asked questions as: "how do I become a writer?" "how do I write poetry?" "how do I write creative fiction?" "how do I write creative non-fiction?" "how do I get published?"

Building Bicycles in the Dark provides dozens of practical exercises on craft.

Award-winning poet John B. Lee speaks about the relationship between mentor and apprentice, and says the mentor seeks 'connection' and the apprentice seeks permission and affirmation. Of the latter, Lee writes, "But you do not need anyone's permission to write. You are born with the permission of the stars."

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How to Become a Writer
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About the author (2001)

In 1990, poet John B. Lee left the profession of teaching to pursue a career as a full-time author. Since then, he has been touring North America combining his career as a stay-at-home writer with that of the peripatetic teacher of craft. He has been instructing aspiring writers from kindergarten through writers of all ages even to those who might call themselves "advanced writers." He has visited elementary, secondary, and university classrooms in Canada and the United States and been the guest of English faculty as far away as Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has performed, sung, recited his poems, songs and riddles, and taught the craft of writing, passing on his enthusiasm for the written word to writers of all ages.

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