A Writer's San Francisco: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul [NOOK Book]

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Why does San Francisco hold such a special place in the history of American art and literature, and in the hearts of creative people everywhere? Come discover its allure with author Eric Maisel, America's foremost creativity coach. He reveals the city's writerly haunts, local oddities, and hidden treasures, as well as practical tips for writers in any locale.
In thirty-two essays, each accompanied by a charming full-color drawing by Paul Madonna, A Writer's San Francisco takes ...
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A Writer's San Francisco: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul

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Overview

Why does San Francisco hold such a special place in the history of American art and literature, and in the hearts of creative people everywhere? Come discover its allure with author Eric Maisel, America's foremost creativity coach. He reveals the city's writerly haunts, local oddities, and hidden treasures, as well as practical tips for writers in any locale.
In thirty-two essays, each accompanied by a charming full-color drawing by Paul Madonna, A Writer's San Francisco takes an enchanted journey through one of the world's great cities and the creative process itself. Walk San Francisco's twisting streets, climb its famous hills, explore bohemian landmarks like City Lights Bookstore, and check out lesser-known neighborhoods like Bernal Heights.
Along the way, Maisel conjures San Francisco writers past and present, including Twain, Ferlinghetti, and Kerouac, and tells personal stories from his three decades as a Bay Area writer, teacher, and creativity coach. Among the many lessons he offers are what it takes to persevere as a creative soul, how to be both parent and artist, and how to spend a perfect writing day in earthquake country. Paul Madonna's lavish drawings further illuminate the ambiance and romance of the City by the Bay.
Whether you're a resident San Franciscan, a visitor, an armchair traveler, or an artistic soul seeking inspiration, in these pages you'll find practical lessons to inspire you. This is an intimate journey through the legendary city and through the mysterious terrain where art blooms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577317067
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 10/21/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,221,204
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

ERIC MAISEL, PHD, is the author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction titles include Coaching the Artist Within, Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, The Creativity Book, Performance Anxiety, and A Writer’s Paris. A columnist for Art Calendar magazine and a regular contributor to Artist’s Sketchbook magazine, Writer’s Digest magazine, and The Writer magazine, Maisel is a creativity coach and creativity coach trainer who presents keynote addresses and workshops nationally and internationally. Maisel holds undergraduate degrees in philosophy and psychology, Master’s degrees in counseling and creative writing, and a doctorate in counseling psychology. He is also a California-licensed marriage and family therapist. He lives with his family in San Francisco. Visit ericmaisel.com to learn more about Dr. Maisel, or drop him a line at ericmaisel@hotmail.com.

PAUL MADONNA’s strip, All Over Coffee, appears weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle and on the Chronicle’s website, SFGate.com. In 2005, he collaborated with the writers’ center 826 Valencia to create San Francisco’s first Literary Map. His drawings and prints are widely exhibited and can be found in various publications and on his website, paulmadonna.com. He lives with his wife in San Francisco.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Midwest Book Review: December 2006

    From Bernal Hill to Washington Square Park, Alcatraz Island to the West Portal Tunnel, Eric Maisel has traveled physically and metaphorically, and in this beautiful new book, he gives the reader a guided tour of heart, soul, and place. The physical book is stunningly beautiful. Paul Madonna's colorful drawings of buildings, streets, interiors, and still-life scenes add amazing depth to the narrative. A center foldout shows a typically hilly San Francisco street full of narrow houses and flats with a view to the Golden Gate Bridge. Quotations by Imogen Cunningham, Dylan Thomas, Mark, Twain, and Oscar Wilde on the reverse side attest to the strength and attractions of the city. Those who have followed Maisel's career, read his books on writing, received his frequent newsletters, and participated in his creativity workshops will be further entranced by this book of reflections, memories, and wise observations, but any author or artist who has fallen in love with a city ¿ or, indeed, any place ¿ will find this 'Guided Journey of the Creative Soul' irresistible. Highly recommended.

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