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Author: Kristjana Gunnars
Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, ©2004.
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At the beginning of a new writing project -- whether it's the first page of a new novel or less ambitious project, writers often experience exhilaration, fear, dread, or a mixture of other emotions. For Kristjana Gunnars, the call of a new project is "like someone you don't know knocking on your door -- you either choose to let the person in or not. It's both exciting and dangerous to start a new manuscript." This  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gunnars, Kristjana, 1948-
Stranger at the door.
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)56653458
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kristjana Gunnars
ISBN: 1417563184 9781417563180 0889204551 9780889204553 1280280743 9781280280740
OCLC Number: 57226921
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: The art of solitude --
The diasporic imagination : writers' perspectives --
The home and the artist --
Transcultural appropriation : problems and perspectives --
Theory and fiction : the mixed bag of postmodern writing --
Writing and silence : the unteachable mystery of words --
On writing short books --
Poetry and the idea of home.
Responsibility: Kristjana Gunnars.
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At the beginning of a new writing project -- whether it's the first page of a new novel or less ambitious project, writers often experience exhilaration, fear, dread, or a mixture of other emotions. For Kristjana Gunnars, the call of a new project is "like someone you don't know knocking on your door -- you either choose to let the person in or not. It's both exciting and dangerous to start a new manuscript." This book is an engagement with that 'stranger' called writing.; Creative or imaginative writing is a complex process that involves more than intellect alone. Writers make use of everything: their sensibilities, history, culture, knowledge, experience, education, and even their biology. These essays seek out, and gather into a discussion, what writers have said about their own experiences in writing. Although the writers are from around the world and of very different backgrounds, the commonality of their remarks brings home the realisation that writers everywhere are grappling with similar problems -- with the seemingly simple problems of when, where, why, and what to write, but also larger questions such as the relationship between writer and society, or issues of privacy, appropriation, or homelessness. While none of these questions can be definitively answered, they can be fruitfully discussed. Although these essays originated as questions posed in creative writing seminars, they've grown into companion texts for both writers and readers who want to participate in a conversation about what writers do.

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