Views from the Loft: A Portable Writer's Workshop

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Milkweed Editions, Jul 1, 2010 - Literary Collections - 352 pages
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Teachers, exercises, mentors, critiques, humor, and inspiration: these form the fuel all writers need when they get down to work every day. For decades the Loft Literary Center has provided this fuel to an enormous community of writers. Views from the Loft brings together the collected wisdom of that community — its authors, students, and editors — giving anyone the tools and inspiration necessary to thrive in the writing life. A who’s who of writers on writing ranging from the National Book Award–winning poet Mark Doty to Newbery medal–winning children’s author Kate DiCamillo, and touching on issues as delicate as the representation of family in memoir and as hilarious as a “sad-epiphany poem” mad lib for frustrated poets, this book is an essential collection of crucial tips and challenging questions for everyone who puts pen to page. The essays and interviews in this book include superstar writers like Rick Bass, Michael Cunningham, Grace Paley, Susan Power, Susan Straight, Marilyn Hacker, and many, many more.
 

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I feel a bit embarrassed that I've only just finished this book, considering I have an essay in it! It's a hodgepodge anthology of writing advice, so not exactly helpful if you want a logical ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Teaching
5
Comes a Pony
7
Deborah Keenan
12
Michael Collier
18
Turning Real Life into Fiction
24
Why We Should Writeabout Things That Disappear
29
Tess Gallagher
36
Childrens Literature
189
Writing for the World
193
Is There Life after Elegy?
197
Confessions of a First Novelist
203
Lorna Landvik
209
Whats Fiction Got to Do with It?
216
Leslie Adrienne Miller
221
The Writing of Deadfall in Berlin
227

Balancing Subtletyand Sledgehammers
44
Cuddling up with the SelfCensor
50
Negotiating the Boundariesbetween Catharsis and Literature
53
Fiction Nonfiction and the Woods
59
Tesoros
64
Guarding Voice
69
Writing
73
In Favor of Uncertainty
75
Working from Experience
83
Twentyfivein an InfiniteSeries of Numbers
89
A Mentors Wordsand Words on Her Words
93
The Poem Behind the Poem
98
Claiming Breath
103
Letting the Poem or Picture Book Out
106
Got Them Poetry Blues?
112
A Few Cranky Paragraphson Form and Content
118
Toward a Metaphor of Translation
126
Some Notes on Negative Capability
132
Naming Names
135
A Recipe for Illusion
141
Nicole Helget
145
Critique
149
The Sad Epiphany Poem
151
A Tall White Pine
161
On Poetry
172
Ted Kooser
178
The Memoir as Literature
183
Power and Powerlessness
186
Michael Cunningham
230
Memoir
235
Editing the View
238
Ten Questions Ive Been Askedabout Picture Books
243
Why YA?
246
A View from a Slam
250
On Tour
254
The Book Group Phenomenon
259
Why I Write Fıction
267
Grace Paley
272
Dorianne Laux
275
Writing about the Mysteries of Life
281
Another Poet Gone to Prose
284
The Making of Sense
287
Theories
290
Travel Writing and the Specter of Transience
296
Open Discovery in the Art of Creative Nonfiction
301
Voyeur in the House of Performance Art
305
Journal Writing
311
UpNorthLiterary Life
318
Reading the Open Book
322
Afterword
327
The Loft
329
Contributors
333
Acknowledgments
343
The Loft Literary Center
347
Milkweed Editions
348
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Prior to moving to Minneapolis in 2005, Daniel Slager worked as an editor at Harcourt Trade Publishers and at Grand Street, a leading quarterly magazine of literature and fine arts in New York. He is the Publisher of Milkweed Editions.

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