One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft

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Da Capo Press, Sep 7, 2007 - Reference - 288 pages
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Whether you are a writer of fiction or essays, or want to explore poetry or memoir, Tiberghien's twelve fundamental lessons will help you discover and develop your own distinct voice. Tiberghien's inventive exercises focus on the processes unique to each genre, while also offering skills applicable to any kind of writing, from authentic dialogue to masterful short-shorts. With vivid examples from literary masters such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Eduardo Galeano, May Sarton, Terry Tempest Williams, and Orhan Pamuk, One Year to a Writing Life is an essential guidebook of exercises, practical advice, and wisdom for anyone looking to embrace, explore, and implement creativity in everyday life.

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This is the best book I’ve read yet on writing instruction. And I’ve read a lot of them. She has basically put a writing course in a book and filled it with terrific lessons and excellent examples ... Read full review

One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft

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As the title states, this guide is organized into separate workshops applicable to many kinds of writing. Each lesson contains five-to 15-minute exercises and closes with suggestions for undertaking ... Read full review


LESSON ONE Journal Writing 1
LESSON TWO Personal Essays 15
LESSON THREE Opinion and Travel Essays 39
LESSON FOUR Short Stories and the ShortShort 59
LESSON FIVE Dreams and Writing 83
LESSON SIX Dialogue 97
Folk Fairy and Contemporary 113
LESSON EIGHT Poetic Prose and the Prose Poem 131
LESSON NINE The Alchemy of Imagination 153
LESSON TEN Mosaics and Memoir 171
LESSON ELEVEN Rewriting 189
LESSON TWELVE Writing the Way Home 213
Bibliographies and Resources 229

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Susan M. Tiberghien is an American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. The author of three memoirs, she has also published widely in journals and anthologies. Tiberghien teaches and lectures at graduate programs, at C.G. Jung Centers, and at writers' conferences in the U.S. and in Europe.

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