Writing Alone and With Others

Writing Alone and With Others

eBook - 2003
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For more than a quarter of a century, Pat Schneider has helped writers find and liberate their true voices. She has taught all kinds - the award winning, the struggling, and those who have been silenced by poverty and hardship. Her innovative methods have worked in classrooms from elementary to graduate level, in jail cells and public housing projects, in convents and seminaries, in youth at-risk programs, and with groups of the terminally ill. Now, in "Writing Alone and with Others," Schneider's acclaimed methods are available in a single, well-organized, and highly readable volume. The first part of the book guides the reader through the perils of the solitary writing life: fear, writer's block, and the bad habits of the internal critic. In the second section, Schneider describes the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, widely used across the U.S. and abroad. Chapters on fiction and poetry address matters of technique and point to further resources, while more than a hundred writing exercises offer specific ways to jumpstart the blocked and stretch the rut-stuck. Schneider's innovative teaching method will refresh the experienced writer and encourage the beginner.; Her book is the essential owner's manual for the writer's voice.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN: 9781423785149
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxv, 390 pages)


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Feb 19, 2016

Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art - the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.

Feb 19, 2016

The Five Essential Affirmations:
1. Everyone has a strong, unique voice.
2. Everyone is born with creative genius.
3. Writing is an art form which belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level.
4. The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer's original voice or artistic self-esteem.
5. A writer is someone who writes.


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cmlibrary_pturner Feb 19, 2016

I have used this book as a guiding light for a new writing group. The Five Essential Affirmations are our starting point. The writing exercises have spurred some beautiful and varied work from the participants.

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