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A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer’s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art

Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this handbook is a short, deceptively simple guide to the craft of writing. Le Guin lays out ten chapters that address the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of view. Each chapter combines illustrative examples from the global canon with Le Guin’s own witty commentary and an exercise that the writer can do solo or in a group. She also offers a comprehensive guide to working in writing groups, both actual and online. 

  
Masterly and concise, Steering the Craft deserves a place on every writer's shelf.

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A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer’s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art

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Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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With color, irony and sensitivity, Pulitzer prize-winner Annie Dillard illuminates the dedication absurdity, and daring that is the writer's life. As it probes and exposes, examines and analyzes, The Writing Life offers deeper insight into one of the most mysterious of professions.

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Annie Dillard is the author of many works of nonfiction, including An American Childhood and Teaching a Stone to Talk, as well as the novels The Living and The Maytrees.

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Thomas Chandler, October 22, 2011 (view all comments by Thomas Chandler)
Annie Dillard is a brilliant writer, but this book -- a collection of meditations on writing -- meanders around her writing career, sometimes stopping for a minute or two to kick at the dirt.

Sprinkled throughout are stories about other writers and adventurers, and while some sparkle, others feel forced, left to dangle.

The Writing Life is not a how-to manual or a bulleted list of pointers for young writers (no one said it was) -- and it's clearly the kind of meditation that invites the writer to wander -- but while the prose is typically beautiful and the glimpses into her life are interesting, The Writing Life ultimately feels unfocused.

It's a thin book and because it's written by Annie Dillard the prose is at times breathtaking, but it doesn't reach the level of a book that will find a permanent place on my shelf.
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Janelle, July 16, 2007 (view all comments by Janelle)
This is a great book for anyone who has toyed with the idea of chucking their day job and moving to a cabin in the woods to write. Annie Dillard's honest look at the process of writing-the fun bits as well as the tedium, adds up to inspiration and insight into the day-to-day life of a writer. I enjoyed her honesty and easy to read style.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060919887
Author:
Dillard, Annie
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Author:
by Annie Dillard
Author:
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Dillard, Annie - Biography
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
writing guide;writing workshop;writing exercise;craft;writers;writing;authors;st
Subject:
repetition;sound;tense;voice;focus;control
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
120
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer’s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art
"Synopsis" by , Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
"Synopsis" by , With color, irony and sensitivity, Pulitzer prize-winner Annie Dillard illuminates the dedication absurdity, and daring that is the writer's life. As it probes and exposes, examines and analyzes, The Writing Life offers deeper insight into one of the most mysterious of professions.

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