Word by Word: An Inspirational Look at the Craft of Writing

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Library Journal
It would be grand if every aspiring author could pack up and fly to Hawaii to attend the Maui Writer's Conference on Labor Day weekend. For those not so fortunate, a copy of this book is the next best thing. This motivational title is a compilation of selected presentations from the first six years of the conference that have been transcribed from tape and are here arranged by topic in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, and screen writing. Using an inspirational rather than instructional tone, the collection includes information from such authors as Ernest J. Gaines, Mitch Albom, and Mike Scully. It also includes sections called "Spotlight on Success" that serve as little advertisements highlighting new authors who made a sale after attending the Maui Conference. Overall, the selections are well chosen and very readable--often, the authors actually talk the way they write. This is the first in a series of books to be published in concert with this conference. The rest of the series will be focused on the how-to's of writing and publishing. Recommended for public libraries.--Lisa J. Cihlar, Monroe P.L., WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Begun in 1993 and taking place over the Labor Day weekend, The Maui Writers Conference is a well respected annual conclave in which writers and publishing industry professionals meet together to enhance their skills and understandings of the writing process. Word By Word: An Inspirational Look At The Craft Of Writing is drawn from conference participants and is a compilation of transcribed presentations made during the first six years of the event. Such luminaries as Richard Paul Evans, Terry Brooks, Ernest J. Gaines, Elizabeth George, Julie Garwood, David Guterson, Mitch Albom, Tony Hillerman, Ron Howard, Susan Isaacs, Barry Kemp, Ridley Pearson, Nicholas Sparks, Dave Berry and many others offer their wit, wisdom and experience in all phases of writing and publishing. Word By Word is an informative, occasionally inspiring, always practical "how to" anthology that is very highly recommended to writers of fiction, nonfiction, film and television scripts, and anyone who has ever wanted to set pen to paper and effectively record their ideas and stories for posterity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966627268
  • Publisher: Triple Tree Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Writing Series
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 12
Introduction 15
Part 1 Fiction
The Ten Most Important Things a Writer Can Do 23
The Last Eagle 31
Spotlight on Success 39
The Glamorous World of a Blockbuster Author 43
The Legal Thriller 51
Spotlight on Success 57
Merry Christmas 61
Behind A Lesson Before Dying 75
Spotlight on Success 87
How Romantic 91
Building the Fictional Landscape 103
Spotlight on Success 111
The Role of the Storyteller 115
Writing for Fun and Profit 129
Spotlight on Success 139
What Research Tells Me 143
A Writer's Life 155
Spotlight on Success 165
Part 2 Nonfiction
A Year of Tuesdays 171
Are You Sure You Want to Finish Your Book? 189
Spotlight on Success 193
Writing History 197
Making A Difference 207
Spotlight on Success 215
Finding Focus 219
The Story of Someone Else's Life 227
Spotlight on Success 241
Part 3 Screenwriting
Life at the Top 247
Spotlight on Success 257
A Writer's Director 261
Just For Laughs 271
Spotlight on Success 285
A Day in the Life of a Screenwriter 289
'Toon Master 301
Spotlight on Success 313
The Writer's Journey 317
The Contributors 333
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