Breathing the Page by Betsy Warland
Reading the Act of Writing

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Breathing the Page offers practical advice and, at times, breathless insight. Yes, writing well is worth the effort, Warland is telling us. Now get to work.
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Twelve years in the makingBreathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing is a must-read for students of creative writing. This collection is comprised of two sets of twelve essays each. "Materials" reflects on the history and animate nature of the objects we use in the act of writing, from computers, to pens and pencils, right down to paper. Warland subverts our assumptions about these tools by making the case that our materials are also our collaborators. Concepts investigates, names, and addresses the powerful forces at work beneath the language of craft. Warland shows that what ultimately determines whether a piece of writing succeeds or flounders is a writers ability to be humbled, overcome, or guided by these forces.
 

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Betsy Warland wrote her first two lyric prose essays in open is broken (1984). Proper Deafinitions, her first collection of essays, was published in 1990. During her time as the Saskatchewan Public Library's Writer-in-Residence (1993-94) she began writing critical essays on art. Co-founder of the Creative Nonfiction Collective, she is the director of The Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University and of the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive.
 
Published June 26, 2011 by Cormorant Books. 160 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by M.A.C. FARRANT on Oct 17 2010

Breathing the Page offers practical advice and, at times, breathless insight. Yes, writing well is worth the effort, Warland is telling us. Now get to work.

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