Writing to Change the World [NOOK Book]

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, Another Country, and The Shelter of Each Other comes an inspirational book that shows how words can change the world.



Words are the most powerful tools at our ...
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Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, Another Country, and The Shelter of Each Other comes an inspirational book that shows how words can change the world.



Words are the most powerful tools at our disposal. With them, writers have saved lives and taken them, brought justice and confounded it, started wars and ended them. Writers can change the way we think and transform our definitions of right and wrong.



Writing to Change the World is a beautiful paean to the transformative power of words. Encapsulating Mary Pipher's years as a writer and therapist, it features rousing commentary, personal anecdotes, memorable quotations, and stories of writers who have helped reshape society. It is a book that will shake up readers' beliefs, expand their minds, and possibly even inspire them to make their own mark on the world.


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Editorial Reviews

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Admit it: You always wanted to be a writer. As Barbara Kingsolver once noted, "The difference between happy people and unhappy ones is that happy people have a found a use for themselves, like a good tool." For many of us, writing is the optimal tool. Inspired by a course she taught, Mary Pipher's Writing to Change the World combines practical instruction and inspirational guidance. The author of the bestselling Reviving Ophelia doesn't treat writing as a neutral process; she offers specific advice about specific forms of advocacy writing, including op-ed pieces, letters, essays, speeches, and blogs.
Publishers Weekly
In this very personal writing guide, Pipher talks about the importance of point of view in writing, and she has a definite point of view here, tilting to the left: the world is in a bad way, and writers can serve as a "rescue team for our tired, overcrowded planet" by "tell[ing] stories that connect readers to all the people on earth." Pipher offers some good examples of how to accomplish this, particularly in a thoughtful and clever essay that presents the U.S. as a patient in a therapeutic case study ("Diagnosis: Post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple addictions"). And she offers useful advice in her sections on defining success (measured not in terms of sales but in terms of "giv[ing] our time and talents to help others") and revising, which she compares to pruning and weeding. There are dozens of pithy and inspiring quotes from a variety of writers, among them Woody Allen, Joan Didion and Eudora Welty. Those, along with Pipher's chipper you-can-do-it tone, will encourage idealistic aspiring writers, who will surely find inspiration in her assertion that writing can heal the world. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Psychologist Pipher (Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls) offers a guide to literary activism, or, as she terms it, change-writing. How one feels about this phrase will determine one's reaction to her book as a whole. Pipher's tone is sentimental, bordering on the melodramatic, and she has never met a cliche or a Buddhist teaching she doesn't like. It is also not clear how the techniques of writing to change the world differ from those of plain old writing; very little of the advice here is specific to persuasive or political essays. However, Pipher does include useful sections on the composition of letters of protest and the dos and don'ts of public speaking, and she brings astute analogies from her career as a therapist to the problem of how to begin writing. For a small collection, Anne Lamott's classic Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life and Betsy Lerner's insightful and entertaining The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers are better choices, but Pipher's idealism-and the following she brings from her other best-selling work-may make this guide suitable for larger school and college libraries.-Leora Bersohn, doctoral student, Columbia Univ., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A cornucopia of platitudes about Writing and Life from a bestselling psychologist. Pipher (Letters to a Young Therapist, 2003, etc.) is an earnest and amiable companion in this text, which belongs on the self-help shelf. It's chockablock with the conventions of the genre, including shaded-and-boxed inspirational quotations throughout (the writers range from Mother Teresa to Mark Twain), just-plain-folks diction ("There is a place for you at the table") and a sort of personal-trainer perkiness that makes learning how to write seem somehow like losing weight or firming up your abdominals. The author's language veers at times into the precious and predictable ("Voice is like a snowflake-complicated, beautiful, and individual"), and the advice rarely advances beyond the patent (carry a little notebook with you, back up your computer files, revise a lot). Nearly every page features allusions to other writers (she advocates and practices this annoying technique) and cliches pervade all. Just about every bromide about writing ever concocted finds an honored place in Pipher's medicine chest. She urges writing from the heart, offers advice on how to organize and prepare to write (use file cabinets!), comments on such topics as employing metaphors (be sure they're fresh!) and conducting interviews (let your subject talk!), explains how to write more effective letters of persuasion (don't show off!), how to make better speeches (think about your audience!) and compose more powerful personal essays (share your epiphanies!). The author concludes with some thoughts on blogging and on composing poetry and music. "Songs," she notes, "are often inspired by intense feelings." And poetry? Well, think of afresh metaphor to describe it. How about snowflakes! "Poetry has the gossamer quality of a snowflake and the power of a sword."An unremarkable stroll along the road frequently traveled.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440679469
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 536,303
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mary Pipher

Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, as well as Seeking Peace and Writing to Change the World. She lives in Nebraska.
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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    This was an excellent book. I originally purchased it for hints regarding writing technique. That advice was covered to an extent in the book. However, it also covered the idea of why we want to write what we write, and the impact of that writing on the world. It really made me rethink how and what I may want to put on paper. Mary Pipher is a wonderful author. I also read her book "Reviving Ophelia" and she has an easy way of getting her point across.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The underlying premise to this self-help book is that the pen (computer?) is mightier than the sword (weapons of mass destruction?). Mary Pipher assumes most people want to write what is on their mind but want to do so with clarity and passion. WRITING TO CHANGE THE WORLD explains what to do and not do with the latter perhaps being most critical as simple avoidable pitfalls can devastate a product. Ms. Pipher also explains when to use which format from letters to essays to blogs with the key being some homage to Mcluhan in that the medium is key to the message. Finally the book provides a step by step primer into the writing process supplemented by exercises and instruction. Well written and easy to follow, this reviewer picked up some tips on presenting reviews (similar to Ms. Pipher¿s Op-ed comments) especially her affirmation of the writer as ¿a moral agent¿ while staying focused on your objective. As Robert Brent Toplin points out in his book MICHAEL MOORE'S 'FAHRENHEIT 9/11': HOW ONE FILM DIVIDED A NATION: 'the most important message of Fahrenheit 9/11 is that the war with Iraq was unnecessary.¿ was somewhat distracted by controversial anecdotal sidebars that took viewers away from the director¿s main theme. Ms. Pipher provides advice on how to avoid that easy to fall into trap with this fine self help primer. --- Harriet Klausner

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