Several Short Sentences About Writing (Hardcover)
|Author: Verlyn Klinkenborg|
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|A widely admired writer and teacher of writing for more than 25 years, Klinkenborg gives a distillation of that experience in an indispensable and distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means to be writing.|
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A widely admired writer and teacher of writing for more than twenty-five years, Verlyn Klinkenborg now gives us a distillation of that experience in an indispensable and distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means for them to be writing.
Klinkenborg believes that most of our received wisdom about how writing works is not only wrong but an obstacle to our ability to write. In Several Short Sentences About Writing he sets out to help us unlearn that "wisdom"--about genius, about creativity, about writer's block, topic sentences, and outline--and understand that writing is just as much about thinking, noticing, and learning what it means to be involved in the act of writing. There is no gospel, no orthodoxy, no dogma in this book. Instead, it is a gathering of starting points ("You may have no idea what way you write," for example) in a journey toward lively, lucid, satisfying self-expression.
Verlyn Klinkenborg was born in Colorado in 1952 but grew up in Iowa and California. He has a Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton University and has been a teacher at various colleges, including Fordham, Bennington, and Harvard. He joined the editorial board of the New York Times in 1997 and is the author of several books (including THE RURAL LIFE, 2003) as well as innumerable magazine articles. He lives and farms in the rural Cherry Valley region of New York State.