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Writing Alone and with Others Paperback – Jul 30 2003
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"Schneider's book is inspiring, full of common sense about fears every writer will recognize and exercises for jump-starting a manuscript. She is well acquainted with naysayers, external and internal. A storyteller, poet, librettist who once struggled to believe in herself, she sees teaching as a mission, writing as empowerment. She's led four workshops a week (one in a low-income project) for 12 years; she explains here how to lead your own. Writing Alone is as much an antidote to writer's block as you're likely to find between two covers: Writing teachers will use it as their bible."--C. Carr, O: The Oprah Magazine
"Drawing on her many years of working with writers and would-be writers in workshops, Schneider has authored a useful and comprehensive text for the creative writer seeking to find his or her own voice and authority. Starting with the need to overcome fear, anxiety, and nagging of the relentless self-critic within us, Schneider provides some practical exercises to get the writing process started (again) and to avoid the pitfalls of internal and external criticism. Citing the experience of the hundreds of writers to privilege their own writing despite the distractions they face, to keep a writing journal, and to participate in a writing community with other writers. More than movitivational or purely experiential, this very sensible yet practical text provides scores of proven exercises to help encourage the writer in all of us."--Library Journal
"The wisest teacher of writing I know."--Peter Elbow, from the Foreword
"I am grateful to Pat Schneider for recognizing that our species is a writing species. If we don't write, it means something in the culture has blocked our natural instinct. [This] helpful, totally personable book shows us how to undo that cultural abuse."--Carol Bly, author of Beyond the Writer's Workshop and My Lord Bag of Rice: New and Selected Stories
"Honesty is creative oxygen. Generosity is creative fire. Pat Schneider is a fuse lighter. Her work is gentle, playful, brilliant, and revolutionary. She is the real animal."--Julia Cameron, author of The Right to Write and The Artist's Way
"For anyone who wants to write, Writing Alone and with Others is heartening and practical. It unfolds as the story of one writer's journey, and invites the aspiring writer along with a rich variety of anecdote, exercise and advice, celebrating both difference and difficulty as the gifts they are."--Janet Burroway, author of Raw Silk and Writing Fiction
"Schneider can help you find your genius. She encourages without ever condescending. She is guide, cheerleader, and advocate. 'What you see, write it,' she counsels. 'Surprise yourself.' You'll find exercises here that will help you do it. The second part of the book, focusing on 'writing with others,' can help the workshop leader or teacher create the kind of atmosphere in which 'images pass in silence from mind to mind,' as writers are affirmed and energized by experiencing creativity, their own and others'."--Marshall J. Cook, author and editor of Creativity Connection
"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 Quarterly Review
About the Author
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 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.
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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 her book down in order to pick up a pen and paper!
There is also a chapter about writing workshops for underserved populations that 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, are a variety of exercises to help jump start individuals and groups in the writing process.
This 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.
Writing Alone and With Others is a must for those 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.
This book is chock full of advice on the craft of writing for those who are struggling with discipline and is an excellent resource for those who are in writing/critique groups or those who want to start a writing group. Some of the areas covered are fear, discipline, the development and growth of the craft, voice, and the approach and methodology of group writing. In a heading entitled Why Keep a Journal? it is stressed that one's life has significance and is part of history of the world. In Finding Your Own Voice, writers are encouraged to reclaim their "original voice", the one used as a child, in finding the writing voice. There is a brilliant piece from Pat's own life where caught up in life's woes, she allows herself a reprieve from writing, only to find that in that suspended state her creativity erupts forth naturally of its own volition. The exercises throughout the book are provocative and stimulating and work well individually or in group settings.
I had the pleasure of attending Pat's book launch and workshop for the book earlier this month in Berkeley where, at Pacific School of Religion, she holds an annual writing workshop. Upon my arrival home, I immediately began to devour this great resource and have been picking it up every day. This is the one writing book that should be purchased this year.
Pat Schneider is the writing buddy to beat all writing buddies. She's warm, funny and incredibly helpful. With years of experience both as a writer and mentor for other writers, she knows exactly how to help you untie the knots of doubt and fear and take your writing to the next level.
In addition, this book provides loads of writing exercises and wise encouragment for helping you to start your own writing group. And if you do follow her advice for starting your own writers' support group, you may just find yourself that special writing buddy(s) in the flesh, I did, though you still won't ever want to turn loose of this book.
Schneider's exercises for and advice about working with a group have re-inspired my friends and me. We've been writing together now for a couple of years, but with the help of Schneider's book we've already brought ourselves to new levels in our own writing and in our abilities to encourage each other. Schneider knows exactly what it's like to be a writer -- the joys and the hard parts. This is THE book.
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