Synopses & Reviews
Elizabeth Berg touches women's lives with heartbreakingly funny and true novels including the New York Times
bestseller Talk Before Sleep
that distinctly capture the essence of their lives. Now this critically acclaimed author and writing instructor offers an inspiring, practical handbook on the joys, challenges, and creative possibilities inherent in the writing life.
Both autobiography and primer, Escaping into the Open interweaves Elizabeth Berg's story of her own journey from working mother to published novelist with encouraging advice on how to create stories that spring from deep within the heart.
With wit and honesty, Elizabeth Berg provides numerous exercises that will unleash individual creativity and access and utilize all of the senses. Most important, she tells how to fire passion emotion into writing itself; to break through personal barriers and reach one's own outer limits and beyond.
"While this book will make its way into classrooms across the country, its biggest classroom is the invisible one: someone sitting at a desk or a kitchen table trying to write but not knowing how. Elizabeth Berg's book is as close as you can get to having someone sitting right there with you, giving you quietly wonderful tips." Alexandra Johnson author of The Hidden Writer: Diaries and The Creative Life)
"Elizabeth Berg has shown herself to be an author of astonishing talent. What is even more astonishing is the generosity with which she now shares her insights and wisdom on the process of writing." Mary Mitchell, writing instructor, The Adult Learning Center, Framinghams Massachusetts
"Berg's best strength...is her seemingly effortless movement from one character's perspective to another. Whether it's a gay man fleeing the relentless AIDS deaths of friends by trying to will himself straight or the loving husband who tries to maintain a cheerful front while caring for his Alzheimer's-stricken wife, Berg presents authentic people with an ease and honesty that is breathtaking." Nan Goldberg
“This is a really good book . . . anyone who ever needs to write anything will find bright shards of useful stuff here.” Booklist
“As a writer Elizabeth Berg hit the ground running. Her very helpful advice to would-be authors is the equivalent of a good pair of track shoes. She knows how the publishing industry works, how sentences work, and why writers need to answer only to themselves.” C. Michael Curtis, senior editor, Atlantic Monthly
“Crystal clear, bracing as icewater, Escaping into the Open should be read by all scribblers regardless of material success.” Rita Mae Brown
“Elizabeth Bergs writing exercises are wonderfully inventive. They capture the play and pleasures of writing. Her book is an insightful guide.” Ronna Wineberg Blaser, president, board of directors, The Tennessee Writers Alliance
“Im grateful as can be for having Escaping into the Open. Its part of my library now, and Im recommending it to anyone with the slightest urge to writeit tells it as it is.” Eileen Herbert Jordan, freelance writer
Both autobiography and primer, "Escaping into the Open" interweaves Berg's story of her own journey from working mother to published novelist with encouraging advice on how to create stories that spring from the deep within the heart. She provides helpful hints about getting started, unleashing creativity and dealing with rejection.
“Crystal clear, bracing as ice water, Escaping Into the Open
should be read by all scribblers regardless of material success.”
—Rita Mae Brown
“This is a really good book.”
Bestselling, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Berg knows a thing or two about writing, having graced the world with wonderful works of fiction including Talk Before Sleep, The Year of Pleasures, and the acclaimed Oprah Book Club Selection, Open House. With Escaping Into the Open, she offers an inspiring, eminently entertaining, and delightfully practical handbook on the joys, challenges, and creative possibilities inherent in the writing life. Now revised with new material—a classic in the vein of Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg and Anne Lamotts Bird by Bird—Elizabeth Bergs Escaping Into the Open is an indispensable guide for any aspiring storyteller.
About the Author
Elizabeth Berg is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures, The Art of Mending, Say When, True to Form, Never Change, and Open House, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for the ABBY Award in 1996. The winner of the 1997 New England Booksellers Award for her body of work, Berg is also the author of a nonfiction work, Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True. She lives in Chicago.