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Views from the loft : a portable writer's workshop

Author: Daniel Slager
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Teachers, exercises, mentors, critiques, humor, and inspiration: these form the fuel all writers need when they get down to work every day. For decades the Loft Literary Center has provided this fuel to an enormous community of writers. Views from the Loft brings together the collected wisdom of that community - its authors, students, and editors - giving anyone the tools and inspiration necessary to thrive in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Slager
ISBN: 9781571313232 1571313230
OCLC Number: 500801443
Notes: "A Who's who of writers on writing."--Title page verso.
Description: 343 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Comes a pony / Kate DiCamillo --
Interview / Deborah Keenan --
Interview / Michael Collier --
Turning "real life" into fiction : how to do justice to Grandma / Jullie Schumacher --
Why we should write about things that disappear / Nora Murphy --
Interview / Tess Gallagher --
Balancing subtlety and sledgehammers : coming out as a gay poet / William Reichard --
Cuddling up with the self-censor / Kathleen Norris --
Negotiating the boundaries between catharsis and literature / Cheri Register --
Fiction, nonfiction, and the woods / Rick Bass --
Tesoros / Sandra Benítez --
Guarding voice / Susan Power --
In favor of uncertainty / Mark Doty --
Working from experience / Larry Sutin --
Twenty-five in an infinite series of numbers / Jim Moore --
A mentor's words and word on her words / Marilyn Chin --
The poem behind the poem / Michael Dennis Browne --
Claiming breath / Diane Glancy --
Letting the poem or the picture book out / Sharon Chmielarz --
Got them poetry blues? / Adrian C. Louis --
A few cranky paragraphs on form and content / Marilyn Hacker --
Toward a metaphor of translation / Jay Miskowiec --
Some notes on negative capability / Katrina Vandenberg --
Naming names / David Haynes --
A recipe for illusion : memory, imagination, research / George Rabasa --
Interview / Nicole Helget --
The sad epiphany poem : a tirade for two voices / Brigitte Frase and Roseann Lloyd --
A tall white pine : thinking about prophecy / Lewis Hyde --
On peotry / Yehuda Amichai --
Interview / Ted Kooser --
The memoir as literature / Vivian Gornick --
Power and powerlessness / C.J. Hribal --
Children's literature / Pamela Holt --
Writing for the world / David Mura --
Is there life after elegy? / Jim Moore --
Confessions of a first novelist / Lewis Buzbee --
Interview / Lorna Landvik --
What's fiction got to do with it? / Karen Tei Yamashita --
Interview / Leslie Adrienne Miller --
The writing of "Deadfall in Berlin" / R.D. Zimmerman --
Interview / Michael Cunningham --
Memoir : don't bite off the whole elephant at once / Laura Flynn --
Editing the "View" / Ellen Hawley --
Ten questions I've asked about picture books / John Coy --
Why YA? / Pete Hautman --
A view from a slam / Bao Phi --
On tour / Shannon Olson --
The book group phenomenon / Faith Sullivan --
Why I write fiction / Susan Straight --
Interview / Grace Paley --
Interview / Dorianne Laux --
Writing about the mysteries of life / Mary Logue --
Another poet gone to prose : the personal essay as quest / Barrie Jean Borich --
The making of sense / J. Otis Powell! --
Theories : how life becomes poetry / Linda Gregg --
Travel writing and the specter of transience / Linda Watanabe McFerrin --
Open discovery and the art of creative nonfiction / Kim R. Stafford --
Voyeur in the house of performance art / Diane Wilson --
Journal writing : from the inside out / Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew --
Up-north literary life / Will Weaver --
Reading the open book / Nancy Gaschott --
The loft : then and now / Jim Moore.
Responsibility: edited by Daniel Slager.

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