Library Journal - Library JournalIt 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.
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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