Shoptalk: Learning to Write with Writers / Edition 1

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Overview

Both practicing and would-be writers are endlessly fascinated by what other writers have to say about the demands of their craft and their own methods of writing. In Shoptalk, Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Murray has collected quotations from over 450 classic and contemporary writers that reveal the myriad stages writers pass through to completion of a work. But this is more than a book of quotations; Murray has organized the writers' testimony into sixteen thematic categories and provided introductory essays that offer his own point of view and experiences to give direction and framework to the collection.

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“This book is reassuring, inspirational, interesting, and humorous to read.”–Language Arts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867092585
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 207
  • Age range: 5 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

For nearly 60 years Donald Murray was a tireless explorer, chronicler, and advocate of writers, writing, and the teaching of writing. "We are coaches, encouragers, developers, creators of environments in which our students can experience the writing process for themselves," he wrote in 1972. Through the years and over numerous books, academic articles, newspaper columns, classroom handouts, writing conferences, and warm collegial conversations, thousands of students, writers, and teachers benefited from Don's work. Millions more continue to benefit by the wide circle of his influence over the fields of writing, writing instruction, journalism. Some of Don's most important insights about writing and teaching writing are collected in the Heinemann's The Essential Don Murray (edited by Thomas Newkirk and Lisa Miller). A Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Don was a columnist for The Boston Globe and Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He was also a writing coach for several national newspapers, wrote poetry for many journals, including Poetry, and authored several books on the craft of writing and teaching writing, including Learning by Teaching, Expecting the Unexpected, Shoptalk, and Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem, and Writing to Deadline. Read article on seacoastonline.com featuring Don Murray
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Table of Contents

Why Write

The Writer's World

Out of Silence, Words

Write for Yourself, Then Others

The Writing Habit

Waiting for Writing

Being Found by a Subject

Planning for Surprise

The Beginning Line

The Voice from the Text

Riding the Flow

Recognizing Form

At Play with Language

The Closing Line

The Pleasures of Revision

The Feel of Writing

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