Writers on Writing

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Robert Pack, Jay Parini
UPNE, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 294 pages
From deeply personal perspectives, two dozen established writers ponder the mystery of their art and such fundamentals as: What is a genuine writing impulse? Why does good writing work? How is writing learned? What is the role of craft and technique? Who is meant to be a writer? How is close reading related to good writing? The volume is peppered with critical perspectives and practical advice, yet its special richness and inspiration lie in the wonderment and deep love for the act of writing expressed by each contributor. Each essay is a joy to read, blending storytelling, literary anecdotes gathered from a lifetime of avid reading, and the kind of shoptalk exchanged between colleagues. Writers will find here camaraderie and encouragement, teachers of writing will hear practical testimony to what works, and readers will come away with a renewed awe for the spell cast by good writing.--From back cover.
 

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Contents

Hooey Dewey
1
Writing as
15
An Essay
29
Richard Ford Reading 5 5
55
Gail Godwin A Diarist on Diarists
68
T R Hummer Against Metaphor
86
Erica Jong My Grandmother on My Shoulder
105
Or Where Are
120
Joyce Carol Oates Excerpts from a Journal
162
Tim OBrien The Magic Show
175
Jay Parini On Being Prolific
199
Francine Prose Learning from Chekhov
221
Ellen Bryant Voigt On Tone
248
Nancy Willard Close Encounters of the Story Kind
263
Hilma Wolitzer Twenty Questions
281
Acknowledgments
295

Philip Levine Part of the Problem
132
William Matthews The Soul of Brevity
148

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About the author (1991)

Jay Parini was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania in 1948. In 1970 he graduated from Lafayette College and he received a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in 1975. Before becoming a professor of Engliah and Creative Writing at Vermont's Middlebury College in 1982, Parini taught at Dartmouth College. Parini writes poetry, novels, biographies, and criticism, and he has published numerous reviews and essays in major journals and newspapers. He co-founded the New England Review in 1976. In 1995, he was appointed literary executor for author Gore Vidal. A film version of The Last Station, his 1990 novel, was released in 2009. Parini's novel, One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

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