Crash Course by Robin Black
Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide

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As a fan of Black's fiction, I was thrilled to read "Crash Course" and found myself nodding in agreement with every page. She didn't, couldn't write, and then — lucky for us — she could. There was no magic, just the winding path of life.
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Robin Black's path through loss and survival delivered her to the writer's life. Agoraphobia, the challenges of parenting a child with special needs, and the legacy of a formidable father all shaped that journey. In these deeply personal and instructive essays, the author of the internationally acclaimed If I loved you, I would tell you this and Life Drawing explores the making of art through the experiences of building a life. Engaging, challenging, and moving, Crash Course is full of insight into how to write—and why.

From "Autumn, 1972, A Moment at Which I Became a Writer":

I sense, even now, the reverberations of a kind of shattering of my foundation and a quick rebuild, a change at a molecular level of who I understood myself to be. No longer someone who could look at another person without wondering what their life was like, but someone with a new curiosity about what people's stories might actually be.

Robin Black is the author of the story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this and the novel Life Drawing, both critically acclaimed, and both published in multiple languages. She has developed a loyal, enthusiastic following for her essays on life and writing, online and in such publications as the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and O Magazine. She lives with her husband in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the house is always open for their three grown children.

 

About Robin Black

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ROBIN BLACK is the author of the short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including One Story, Colorado Review, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Southern Review, and the anthology The Best Creative Nonfiction. A recipient of fellowships from the Leeway Foundation and the MacDowell Colony, Black is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Author Residence: Philadelphia, PA

Author Hometown: New York, NY
 
Published March 28, 2016 by Engine Books. 200 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by MEGANNE FABREGA on May 20 2016

As a fan of Black's fiction, I was thrilled to read "Crash Course" and found myself nodding in agreement with every page. She didn't, couldn't write, and then — lucky for us — she could. There was no magic, just the winding path of life.

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