The Writer's Notebook (Paperback)
Craft Essays from Tin House
Tin House Books, 9780979419812, 264pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2009
About the Author
Kate Bernheimer is the author of two novels, "The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold" (FC2) and "The Complete Tales of Merry Gold" (FC2), and a children's book, "The Girl in The Castle inside The Museum" (Random House). She is also editor of two essay collections, "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales" (Anchor/Vintage) and "Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales" (Wayne State University Press). She is an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Pete Rock was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. The author of four novels and, most recently, a collection of stories, "The Unsettling," he has taught at San Francisco State, Yale, Penn, Deep Springs and Reed College. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, and is at work on numerous projects -- one of which, the novel "My Abandonment," will be published by Harcourt in early 2009.
Tom Grimes is the author of the novels "WILL@epicqwest.com," "A STONE OF THE HEART," "SEASON S END," "REDEMPTION SONG," and "CITY OF GOD." He edited the fiction anthology, "THE WORKSHOP: SEVEN DECADES OF FICTION FROM THE IOWA WRITERS WORKSHOP." His essay, Bring Out Your Dead appeared in "Tin House" and was a Notable Essay of 2007. His interview with Roddy Doyle appeared in the Tin House Book of Interviews. He directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Texas State University.
Matthea Harvey s most recent book of poetry, "Modern Life," won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2008 as well as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of "Sad Little Breathing Machine" and "Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form" and a forthcoming children s book, "The Little General and the Giant Snowflake." A contributing editor to "jubilat," "BOMB" and "Meatpaper," she teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.
Praise For The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House…
"Much more entertaining is The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays From Tin House, which is a pretty fair summary of where actual writing instruction is at these days. Most of the essays originated in writing workshops run by the literary magazine Tin House, and they include advice on sex writing by Steve Almond, on what you can learn from Shakespeare by Margot Livesey, and on revision by Chris Offutt, who compares the process to 'draining the kitchen sink and seeing what’s in there, which is usually a mess.'"Charles McGrath, The New York Times
"We get all manner of books on writing around here and they tend to blend together but the offerings from Tin House always stand out. They've just published The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House, which includes terrifically useful essays from the likes of Dorothy Allison, Rick Bass, Aimee Bender, Jim Krusoe, Antonya Nelson and Jim Shepard." The Elegant Variation
"Tin House is an outstanding literary journal that publishes some of today's finest contemporary writing...delightful...beautifully written...thoughtful...outstanding..."Chuck Leddy, The Writer Magazine
"The essays within The Writer's Notebook each offer a fresh perspective on various aspects of the writing craft...features an eclectic list of top shelf contributions each bound together by a pragmatic approach to teaching the craft of writing... If you can't actually attend the workshops, this is probably your next best bet." Mark Flanagan, About.com
"Brilliant stuff, and not at all the hackneyed tired advice you find in so many writing books." Bookfox.com
"What’s fabulous is we know of these writers, and here we get to know them better through their lectures and essays. With them, we explore the love/hate relationship a writer has with the mind, the words, the pen, and the reader."Helen Gallagher, Opensalon.com
"These essays can be read for the illumination into the craft of writing, whether you are a reader or a writer." Mary Jo Anderson, The Chronicle Herald
"As importantly, almost any subject is good reading in the hands of a talented writer. And believe me...these are fine writers." Robert Birnbaum, The Morning News
"There is enough variety that you are sure to find several kindred souls. The Tin House editors do a great job of gathering an eccentric mix of talented writers and essay subjects."
Lincoln Michel, The Faster Times
"The essays are a fascinating look at the writing process by an eclectic group of writers...covering enough ground to offer something of interest to anyone fascinates by the process of writing...I found the discussions both illuminating and inspiring and I recommend the book to anyone interested in writing."Blogcritics.org