The Writer's Home Companion: An Anthology of the World's Best Writing Advice, From Keats to Kunitz

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Joan Bolker
Macmillan, May 15, 1997 - Reference - 269 pages
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Writing is a solitary sport—but none of us can do it without good company at crucial moments. This spirited collection of inspiring and useful essays and exercises on the craft of writing is the next best thing to having an experienced writer at your side. These twenty-nine pieces, more than half of which have never been published in book form, include selections as unusual and diverse as behaviorist B. F. Skinner's "How to Discover What You Have to Say"; Brett Candlish Millier's investigation of the seventeen drafts of Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art"; Ursula Le Guin's "Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?"; Anne Eisenberg's "E-Mail and the New Epistolary Age"; and Nancy Mair's "The Writer's Thin Skin and Faint Heart." Other contributors include Gloria Naylor, Stanley Kunitz, Bernard Shaw, Natalie Goldberg, Anne Tyler, Rita Dove, Peter Elbow, and Gail Godwin.
 

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Bolker has compiled a selection of essays to help the writer along whether your issue is tackling writer's block, finding voice or simply finding the heart to get started and keep with your writing ... Read full review

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Bolker (World's Best Writing Advice, Holt, 1996), a seasoned writing professor and clinical psychologist, has compiled 29 essays and exercises by famous writers and writing teachers such as Ernest ... Read full review

Contents

Ursula Le Guin Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?
4
Murray So You Want to Be a Writer?
26
Email as genre 17882
60
B F Skinner How to Discover What You Have
76
Fatigue avoiding subjectmatter
87
John Keats First Page of To Autumn
94
The Paris Review Interviews
100
Feedback 2029
118
Motherhood and Poetry
141
Bolker Teaching Griselda to Write
168
Gail Godwin The Watcher at the Gates
174
For Strong Women Piercy
198
Helen Benedict A Writers First Readers
202
Genius 5758 16263
204
Natalie Goldberg Writing as a Practice
230
Index
265

Ruth Whitman Climbing the Jacobs Ladder
130
Finney Nikky The Unclaimed 1617
138

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About the author (1997)

Joan Bolker, Ed.D., has taught and counseled writers at Harvard, where she cofounded the Writing Center; at University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she began The Language Place; and at Wellesley, Brandeis, and M.I.T., where she was a psyco-therapist and writing consultant. She has coached the authors of more than one hundred doctoral dissertations and is currently a clinical psychologist who works with many writers in her private practice. She is the author of Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day.

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