Writing Alone and with Others

Paperback | July 30, 2003

byPat SchneiderForeword byPeter 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 tograduate 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 jumpstartthe 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.

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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 tograduate level, in jail cells and public ho...

Pat Schneider is Founder and Director of Amherst Writers and Artists and Editor at Amherst Writers and 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 empo...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 30, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ContentsForeword by Peter ElbowAcknowledgmentsHow to Use This BookIntroduction: A Writer Is Someone Who WritesPart I: The Writer Alone1. "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 OthersIntroduction: Writing With Others10. "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 ExercisesAfterwordList of ExercisesRecommended Resources and Reading ListCreditsIndex

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"An entertaining and enlightening book...should prove invaluable to poets, writers, teachers, and workshop devotees of all backgrounds and creative denominations."-- Mindy Kronenberg, poet and teacher, author of Dismantling the Playground and editor of Book/Mark Small Press QuarterlyReview