The Loft Bookshelf - Books on the Craft Recommended for Students
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Paperback ISBN: 0385480016
A step-by-step guide to writing and managing the writer's life covers each portion of a written project, addresses such concerns as writer's block and getting published, and offers awareness and survival tips
The Art of Subtext
Paperback ISBN: 1555974732
The Art Of series is a new series of brief books by contemporary writers on important craft issues. Each book investigates an element of the craft of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry by discussing works by authors past and present. The books in the Art Of series are not strictly manuals, but serve readers and writers by illuminating aspects of the craft of writing that people think they already know but don’t really know. Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter’s The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot discusses and illustrates the hidden subtextual overtones and undertones in fictional works haunted by the unspoken, the suppressed, and the secreted. Using an array of examples from Melville and Dostoyevsky to contemporary writers Paula Fox, Edward P. Jones, and Lorrie Moore, Baxter explains how fiction writers create those visible and invisible details, how what is displayed evokes what is not displayed.
Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors
Paperback ISBN: 0767922700
From one of America's most beloved and bestselling authors, a wonderfully useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers. What is the difference between “immanent” and “imminent”? What is the singular form of graffiti? What is the difference between “acute” and “chronic”? What is the former name of “Moldova”? What is the difference between a cardinal number and an ordinal number? One of the English language's most skilled writers answers these and many other questions and guides us all toward precise, mistake-free usage. Covering spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, and foreign names and phrases, Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors will be an indispensable companion for all who care enough about our language not to maul, misuse, or contort it. This dictionary is an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is the English language. As Bill Bryson notes, it will provide you with “the answers to all those points of written usage that you kind of know or ought to know but can’t quite remember.”
Growing Up White
A Veteran Teacher Reflects on Racism
Hardcover ISBN: 1578868378
Growing Up White is for everyone who wants to know more about our schools, our community, our country, and ourselves. Julie Landsman takes the reader on an inventory of her life, pulling from events and scenes, a set of lessons learned. She discloses honestly and unflinchingly the privileges she has experienced as a white person and connects those to her presence in city classrooms where she taught for over 25 years. As a teacher Julie made mistakes, learned from them, made more and concludes that understanding race in America is an ongoing process. Her book is rich with suggestions for working in our schools today, where we find a primarily white teaching force and an expanding population of students of color. She believes that these students make our schools rich and exciting places in which to work. Landsman also believes that white teachers can reach their students in deep and positive ways. Because she invites you to go along with her in revealing the basis of her upbringing and her choices, the story itself is engaging. Readers arrive at the final chapters with an appreciation not only for the complexity of our history as individuals around race, gender and class but with real hope in education as a way to create a place where all children get a fair chance at success.
The Spooky Art
Thoughts on Writing
Paperback ISBN: 0812971280
In honor of his eightieth birthday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author reflects on writing and the writing life, sharing his thoughts on such topics as the limits and attractions of nonfiction, the need for work habits, the pitfalls of early success, coping with bad reviews, and his fellow writers, including Melville, Faulkner, Hemingway, Updike, Oates, Baldwin, Salinger, and many others. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
The Right to Write
An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life
Paperback ISBN: 1585420093
A revolutionary approach to teaching writing by the author of The Artist's Way instructs readers to make writing a very personal, playful part of life. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
The Writers Notebook
Craft Essays from Tin House
Paperback ISBN: 0979419816
An anthology of essays collects top-selected works from Tin House's Summer Writers Workshops and offers insight into writing strategies for a wide range of disciplines, in an anecdotal volume that includes pieces by such names as Jim Shepard, Aimee Bender, and D. A. Powell. Original.
The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction
50 North American Short Stories Since 1970
Paperback ISBN: 1416532277
An updated edition of top-selected short fictional works features a spectrum of stylistically and culturally diverse authors, including Lorrie Moore, Amy Tan, and Annie Proulx, as well as a variety of newer writers. Original. 50,000 first printing.
The Best American Short Stories 2004
Paperback ISBN: 0618197354
The acclaimed annual short fiction series--this year featuring guest editor Lorrie Moore, author of Birds of America--showcases the work of such notable authors as Annie Proulx, Sherman Alexie, Paula Fox, Thomas McGuane, Alice Munro, and Deborah Eisenberg, from a variety of acclaimed sources. Simultaneous.