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*Over 90,000 copies sold* Long an anchor text for college and junior college writing classes, this illuminating and invaluable guide has become a favorite for beginning poets and an ever-valuable reference for more advanced students who want to sharpen their craft, expand their technical skills, and engage their deepest memories and concerns.This edition adds Steve Kowit’s famous essay on poetics “The Mystique of the Difficult Poem,” in which he argues stirringly and forcefully that a poem need not be obscure to be great. Ideal for teachers who have been searching for a way to inspire students with a love for writing--and reading--contemporary poetry. It is a book about shaping your memories and passions, your pleasures, obsessions, dreams, secrets, and sorrows into the poems you have always wanted to write. If you long to create poetry that is magical and moving, this is the book you've been looking for. Here are chapters on the language and music of poetry, the art of revision, traditional and experimental techniques, and how to get your poetry started, perfected, and published. Not the least of the book's pleasures are model poems by many of the best contemporary poets, illuminating craft discussions, and the author's detailed suggestions for writing dozens of poems about your deepest and most passionate concerns.
Ideal for teachers who have been searching for a way to inspire students with a love for writing--and reading--contemporary poetry.It is a book about shaping your memories and passions, your pleasures, obsessions, dreams, secrets, and sorrows into the poems you have always wanted to write. If you long to create poetry that is magical and moving, this is the book you've been looking for.Here are chapters on the language and music of poetry, the art of revision, traditional and experimental techniques, and how to get your poetry started, perfected, and published. Not the least of the book's pleasures are model poems by many of the best contemporary poets, illuminating craft discussions, and the author's detailed suggestions for writing dozens of poems about your deepest and most passionate concerns.
An illuminating and invaluable guide for beginners wary of modern poetry, as well as for more advanced students who want to sharpen their craft and write poems that expand their technical skills, excite their imaginations, and engage their deepest memories and concerns. Ideal for teachers who have been searching for a way to inspire students with a love for writing--and reading--contemporary poetry. It is a book about shaping your memories and passions, your pleasures, obsessions, dreams, secrets, and sorrows into the poems you have always wanted to write. If you long to create poetry that is magical and moving, this is the book you've been looking for. Here are chapters on the language and music of poetry, the art of revision, traditional and experimental techniques, and how to get your poetry started, perfected, and published. Not the least of the book's pleasures are model poems by many of the best contemporary poets, illuminating craft discussions, and the author's detailed suggestions for writing dozens of poems about your deepest and most passionate concerns.
Writers Have No Age: Creative Writing for Older Adults, Second Edition is a book for writers by writers. Unlike the first edition, which was aimed at teachers of writing, this edition is aimed at writers themselves. This book will help older writers value themselves and their potential, and increase the pleasure and satisfaction found in writing. It provides both information and inspiration gained from the authors’ own writing lives and from observation of their students that will help boost writing confidence. Write your way to success—at any age! “We who come to writing do not have to be convinced that there are rewards in store for us. We sense good things ahead and believe in writing’s benefits.” “In this book we have put together some of our own best writing and teaching ideas to help you enjoy the re-creation and stimulation of writing, whatever your age.” “Older writers though we are, we do get better at it all the time.” —the authors This book combines personal accounts of the authors’ writing experiences as well as writing instruction and information. It contains numerous writing exercises and assignments to get you started and techniques to keep you at it. It also includes sections that cover all types of writing, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Marketing resources for writers who wish to be published are included. In Writers Have No Age, you will find: authors’ personal anecdotes—from disappointment to success writing exercises and techniques marketing resources and mediums for writers an editing checklist a list of books and periodicals to help hone writing skills suggestions on teaching or volunteering in nursing homes and much more! Writers Have No Age is a valuable tool for anyone in (or just getting started in) the writing field. Not only will this book help beginners sharpen their writing skills, but it will also help those who have written professionally or personally to reach a wider audience. Add this book to your collection today, and write your way to success!
The Teaching Writing series publishes user-friendly writing guides penned by authors with publishing records in their subject matter. Through detailed exercises, exemplars, and a breakdown of the key elements and considerations of personal writing, Faulkner and Squillante provide a lively introduction and guide for writers to the art and craft of personal writing. Their conversational tone about audience, point of view, form, structure, ethics, research, and finding and making time for writing practice is a not-to-miss primer and reference. This book is appropriate for classes focused on poetry, creative nonfiction, ethnography, qualitative research, memoir, narrative inquiry, and other types of life writing, as well as individual writers honing their craft. Writing the Personal invites us all to find our stories and instructs us how to shape them for an audience and for ourselves. “Writing the Personal is the ideal book for anyone interested in exploring his or her life through writing. It is a must-read for any writer serious about deepening her understanding of craft.” – Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air and Use Your Words and co-author of Silent Running “A focus on techniques makes this a useful book to read straight through or equally to dip in and out of according to your personal tastes. However you come to the recipes offered in this clever cookbook, you’re sure to enjoy the feast inside.” – Stacy Holman Jones and Anne Harris, co-authors of Writing for Performance “Faulkner and Squillante seamlessly collaborate to each bring their unique and varied writing backgrounds and academic credentials to this text to create a unique and invaluable book.” – Bernadette Marie Calafell, University of Denver, author of Monstrosity, Performance and Race in Contemporary Culture “Faulkner and Squillante are skillful, honest, and generous teachers of the craft.” – Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life “In this innovative and inspiring book, Faulkner and Squillante offer practical advice about writing personal stories.” – Tony E. Adams, Northeastern Illinois University Sandra L. Faulkner teaches, writes poetry, and researches about close relationships at Bowling Green State University in NW Ohio. Sheila Squillante is a poet and essayist living in Pittsburgh and teaching in the MFA program at Chatham University.
In this distinctive guide to the craft of writing, author Laraine Herring shows us how to tune into our bodies and connect with our emotions so that our writing becomes an expression of our full beings, rather than just an intellectual exercise. With warmth and wisdom, Herring offers a path to discovering "deep writing"—prose that is unique, expressive, and profoundly authentic. Lessons and imaginative exercises show you how to: stay with your writing when your mind or body starts to pull you away; explore the five senses in your writing; and approach your writing without judgment. Writing Begins with the Breath will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before, while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers.

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