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Writing Alone and with Others

Writing Alone and with Others

by Pat Schneider, Peter Elbow
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For more than a quarter of a century, Pat Schneider has helped writers find and liberate their true voices. She has taught all kinds—the award winning, the struggling, and those who have been silenced by poverty and hardship. Her innovative methods have worked in classrooms from elementary to graduate level, in jail cells and public housing projects, in convents and seminaries, in youth at-risk programs, and with groups of the terminally ill.
Now, in Writing Alone and with Others, Schneider's acclaimed methods are available in a single, well-organized, and highly readable volume. The first part of the book guides the reader through the perils of the solitary writing life: fear, writer's block, and the bad habits of the internal critic. In the second section, Schneider describes the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, widely used across the U.S. and abroad. Chapters on fiction and poetry address matters of technique and point to further resources, while more than a hundred writing exercises offer specific ways to jumpstart the blocked and stretch the rut-stuck. Schneider's innovative teaching method will refresh the experienced writer and encourage the beginner. Her book is the essential owner's manual for the writer's voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195165739
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/28/2003
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 504,520
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 10.84(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Pat Schneider is Founder and Director of Amherst Writers & Artists and Editor at Amherst Writers & Artists Press. An adjunct professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, she has taught independent writing workshops nationally and internationally. Her pioneering work using creative writing as a means of empowering low-income populations is the subject of an award-winning documentary, Tell Me Something I Can't Forget, by Florentine Films. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Peter Elbow is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and author of Writing with Power and Everyone Can Write.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter Elbow
How to Use This Book
Introduction: A Writer Is Someone Who Writes
Part I: The Writer Alone
1. "Feeling and Facing Fear"
2. "Getting Started (Again)"
3. "Toward a Disciplined Writing Life"
4. "Writing Practice: The Journal"
5. "Writing Practice: Developing Craft"
6. "Voice"
7. "Growing as a Writer"
8. "The Form Your Writing Takes"
9. "The Ethical Questions: Spirituality, Privacy, and Politics"
Part II: Writing With Others
Introduction: Writing With Others
10. "Basic Principles of a Healthy Workshop"
11. "Writing in a Classroom"
12. "Creating Your Own Workshop or Writing Group"
13. "Using Writing to Empower the Silenced"
Part III: Additional Exercises
List of Exercises
Recommended Resources and Reading List

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Writing Alone and with Others 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Experienced writers so often wind up feeling frustrated, wondering why they can't find much inspiration from the plethora of new writing books out each year. Writing Alone and With Others, however, will leave readers with the opposite reaction. This is no 'dumbed-down' beginner's manual, though it definitely has much to offer to new writers. Schneider's book is smart, sometimes funny, and thoroughly illustrated with excerpts from well-known writers as well as from participants in her Amherst Writers & Artists workshops. Writing Alone and With Others is filled with wise advice from a writer who has literally 'been there.' Schneider is honest with her readers, describing her childhood and early beginnings, using them to illustrate how writing can transform a life. Her techniques are gentle, yet incredibly inspiring, leaving the reader longing to write, but almost unwilling to put the book to pick up a pen and paper! Schneider also includes a chapter about writing workshops for underserved populations, which details the amazing impact this technique can have on those who are often 'voiceless' in our society. The book is organized so that writers working alone and those writing as part of a group can find exactly what they are looking for. It also offers sage advice for those who want to start writing workshops based on Schneider's Amherst Writers and Artists method. And, in the back, is a treasure-trove of exercises to help jump start the creative process for individuals and groups. Writing Alone and With Others is not a simple book, nor is it easy in the sense that you can read through it in an evening. It is full of information that takes some time to process--that is a welcome change for writers who have been 'at it' awhile, and are tired of entry-level how-to books. This book is a must for writers who are serious about their craft and about sharing their passion for writing with those around them. I would--and often do--recommend it to absolutely anyone I know with an interest in the written word. It is a beautiful, charismatic, and emotionally magnetic work.
PaulSchneider on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My mom wrote it, so of course I'm a fan of it. One of the best books on writing out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago