Writing from Life is a guided writing program that will empower any woman to pick up a pen and chart the geography of her unique and fascinating life. With a profound respect for each woman's personal narrative, author Susan Wittig Albert leads the reader inward, inspiring her to tell her own soul's story, chapter by chapter. With exercises, meditations, and examples from women's writings, Writing from Life invites you to put into word the parts of life that often leave us speechless: the loss of love; the birth ...
Writing from Life is a guided writing program that will empower any woman to pick up a pen and chart the geography of her unique and fascinating life. With a profound respect for each woman's personal narrative, author Susan Wittig Albert leads the reader inward, inspiring her to tell her own soul's story, chapter by chapter. With exercises, meditations, and examples from women's writings, Writing from Life invites you to put into word the parts of life that often leave us speechless: the loss of love; the birth of a child; the devastation of illness; the exhilaration of work; the unfinished business that haunts us when a parent dies. Whether you're an experienced writer or someone whose jottings have been limited to vacation postcards or business memos, this book will give you the practical tools you needs to get it all on paper.
Believing that all women have stories to tell and that they can grow spiritually as they learn to put those stories into words, Susan Witting Albert provides a guided writing program that is practical and inspiring. Her step-by-step instructions and exercises derive from her 30 years experience as a teacher of writing. She encourages women to discover their own voices through exploration of eight thematic clusters: beginnings and birthings; achievements, gifts and glories; female bodies; loves, lovers, lovings; journeys and journeying; homes and homings; visits to the Valley of Shadows; and, experiences of community. In an appendix, Albert shows writers how to create what she calls a "Story Circle," a community of women who can gain, through sharing their writing, a sense of belonging and an appreciation of "transformative magic of writing." Albert's book brings charm and elegance to the view of writing as a process of self-discovery. (Jan.)
Albert, a teacher, writer, and author of the "China Bayles" mystery series, offers women this guide to putting their life stories on paper. Hers is a writing program that, if followed chapter by chapter, promises to give the writer an eight-chapter book of her life. Albert includes writing exercises, meditations, celebrations, and examples of other women's writings. She maintains an upbeat and positive tone that will appeal to anyone who wants to begin a journal or start a writing habit. Her work is reminiscent of Natalie Goldberg's works on writing (e.g., Wild Mind, LJ 10/1/90) and will attract the same readers. One nice inclusion is a list of suggestions for women interested in starting a "story circle" to share their stories and work through writing problems in a group setting. Recommended for writing and women's studies collections.-Lisa J. Cihlar, Winfield P.L., Ill.
One of the book world's most respected authorities on herbs and their uses, Susan Wittig Albert is beloved by fans the world over for her mystery series starring herb-growing sleuth China Bayles -- as well as the Victorian Mysteries series she coauthors with husband Bill, under the pen name Robin Paige.
Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she now lives with her husband, Bill, in the country outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the China Bayles mysteries, she writes the Victorian Mysteries series, along with her husband, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.
Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books, LTD.
Good To Know
In our exclusive interview with Albert, she revealed some fun facts about herself:
"My first job was selling ladies' undies at Woolworth's for 35 cents an hour in Danville, Illinois."
I learned to garden from my mother, who thought that the most important thing you did every spring was to plant the potatoes. I learned to read from my father, who never planted a potato in his life. Somehow, I managed to create a life and make a living between these two extremes. Happily, I haven't had to go back to selling undies. Not yet, anyway."
"I love living in the country with Bill, two black Labs, and a black cat. I'd rather read a book or write one than do just about anything else in the world, except maybe for gardening and sitting in a bathtub full of hot, hot water and bubbles. Or knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing -- I'm a fiber-arts fanatic."
"You can find out what I'm doing today (or what I did yesterday) by checking out my web log, at susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes (but there's no web cam, so don't look for me in the bathtub)."