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Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories onto the Page (Teaching Writing)

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Book Detail

Author/Editor(s): Sandra L. Faulkner, Sheila Squillante
Publication Date: November 27, 2015
ISBN-10: 9463003827
ISBN-13: 978-9463003827
Language: English
Edition: 1
Publisher: Sense Publishers
Size: Book Size
Format: pdf

Book Description

The Teaching Writing series publishes user-friendly writing guides penned by authors with publishing records in their subject matter. Through detailed exercises, exemplars, and a breakdown of the key elements and considerations of personal writing, Faulkner and Squillante provide a lively introduction and guide for writers to the art and craft of personal writing. Their conversational tone about audience, point of view, form, structure, ethics, research, and finding and making time for writing practice is a not-to-miss primer and reference. This book is appropriate for classes focused on poetry, creative nonfiction, ethnography, qualitative research, memoir, narrative inquiry, and other types of life writing, as well as individual writers honing their craft. Writing the Personal invites us all to find our stories and instructs us how to shape them for an audience and for ourselves.

About the Author

Sandra L. Faulkner is an Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her interests include qualitative methodology, poetic inquiry, and the relationships between culture, identities, and sexuality in close relationships. She has published over 20 articles in journals such as Qualitative Health Research, and Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, and her books Poetry as Method: Reporting Research through Verse and Inside Relationships: A Creative Casebook on Relational Communication with Left Coast Press. Her poetry memoir, Knit Four, Frog One, was published in 2014 (Sense Publishers). Her poetry appears in places such as Gravel, Literary Mama, TAB, and damselfly. She authored three poetry chapbooks, Hello Kitty Goes to College (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Knit Four, Make One (Kattywompus, 2015), and Postkarten aus Deutschland (Liminalities). She lives in NW Ohio with her partner, their warrior girl, and a rescue mutt.

Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection, Beautiful Nerve (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2015), as well three chapbooks of poetry: In This Dream of My Father (Seven Kitchens Press, 2014), Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and A Woman Traces the Shoreline (Dancing Girl Press, 2011). Her poems and personal essays have appeared widely in print and online journals like Brevity, The Rumpus, Eleven Eleven, Prairie Schooner, Phoebe, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, Literary Mama, South Dakota Review and Glamour Magazine. She works as associate director of the MFA programs in creative writing and assistant professor of English at Chatham University. There, she serves as editor-in-chief of The Fourth River, Chatham’s journal of nature and place-based writing. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband, their two children, three cats and a bearded dragon named Phil.

Reviews

Writing the Personal is the ideal book for anyone interested in exploring his or her life through writing. It is a must-read for any writer serious about deepening her understanding of craft.

--Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air and Use Your Words and co-author of Silent Running

A focus on techniques makes this a useful book to read straight through or equally to dip in and out of according to your personal tastes. However you come to the recipes offered in this clever cookbook, you're sure to enjoy the feast inside.

--Stacy Holman Jones and Anne Harris, co-authors of Writing for Performance

Faulkner and Squillante seamlessly collaborate to each bring their unique and varied writing backgrounds and academic credentials to this text to create a unique and invaluable book.

--Bernadette Marie Calafell, University of Denver, author of Monstrosity, Performance and Race in Contemporary Culture

Faulkner and Squillante are skillful, honest, and generous teachers of the craft.

--Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life

In this innovative and inspiring book, Faulkner and Squillante offer practical advice about writing personal stories.

--Tony E. Adams, Northeastern Illinois University
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