- Twelve months of lessons for a portable workshop experience: With a format similar to Julia Cameron's bestselling "The Artist's Way, " longtime workshop leader Susan Tiberghien guides writers through every major literary genre -- from journal writing to personal essays, to non-fiction, memoir, prose-poems, and fiction -- in twelve workshops. Focusing on process -- free-write, drafts, revisions -- the lessons buil upon each other, guiding you to finding and developing their own voice. - An original and essential new book that merits a place next to the classics on the heavily consulted writing guide shelf: Offering key elements of the best writing guides out there, "One Year to a Writing Life" merits comparison with Annie Dillard's "The Writing Life" in its authority and inspiration. Think Brenda Ueland's "If You Want to Write" with the addition of thematic exercises and Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird" with a workshop structure. - A wealth of examples from world literature: Along with the lessons and exercises, Tiberghien culls from the work of masters in each genre, offering myriad examples from the likes of Rainer Maria Rilke to Eduardo Galeano, May Sarton to Terry Tempest Williams, as well as her own work and that of her students.
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 the exercises over a month-long period. Chapters are nicely balanced between practical and mystical guidance, with excerpts from notable writings as examples. The "inspirational" elements, such as Tiberghien's fascination with the Hindu/Buddhist concept of the mandala, may not resonate for some readers. For comprehensive writing collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Da Capo Press
September 07, 2007
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