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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    An Intelligent Guide for Intelligent Writers

    Experienced writers so often wind up feeling frustrated, wondering why they can't find much inspiration from the plethora of new writing books out each year. Writing Alone and With Others, however, will leave readers with the opposite reaction. This is no 'dumbed-down' beginner's manual, though it definitely has much to offer to new writers. Schneider's book is smart, sometimes funny, and thoroughly illustrated with excerpts from well-known writers as well as from participants in her Amherst Writers & Artists workshops. Writing Alone and With Others is filled with wise advice from a writer who has literally 'been there.' Schneider is honest with her readers, describing her childhood and early beginnings, using them to illustrate how writing can transform a life. Her techniques are gentle, yet incredibly inspiring, leaving the reader longing to write, but almost unwilling to put the book to pick up a pen and paper! Schneider also includes a chapter about writing workshops for underserved populations, which details the amazing impact this technique can have on those who are often 'voiceless' in our society. The book is organized so that writers working alone and those writing as part of a group can find exactly what they are looking for. It also offers sage advice for those who want to start writing workshops based on Schneider's Amherst Writers and Artists method. And, in the back, is a treasure-trove of exercises to help jump start the creative process for individuals and groups. Writing Alone and With Others is not a simple book, nor is it easy in the sense that you can read through it in an evening. It is full of information that takes some time to process--that is a welcome change for writers who have been 'at it' awhile, and are tired of entry-level how-to books. This book is a must for writers who are serious about their craft and about sharing their passion for writing with those around them. I would--and often do--recommend it to absolutely anyone I know with an interest in the written word. It is a beautiful, charismatic, and emotionally magnetic work.

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