Master Class by Paul West
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Paul West, prolific novelist and writer of renown, is also a beloved and famous writing teacher. In Master Class, West re-creates his last writing seminar, filled with wonderful conversation, deep insight into the creative spirit, and terrific tips for good writing.

Fifteen students-eager, talented, some new, and some old friends- come together twice a week to talk about great works, to discuss each others' writing, and to open their minds and hearts to the joy, peril, and discipline of striving to write good literature.

West, who is dedicated to both great writing and to his students, has class members sleep with a page of Proust under their pillows. Then they begin-writing, talking, analyzing, and critiquing. Each class and each chapter of Master Class offers a heady mix of detailed advice and creative philosophy.

Only a few fortunate students were accepted into this seminar. Now readers and writers all over the world can sit with master teacher Paul West, learning not only what makes a great opening sentence, but also how to expand their minds and imaginations.


About Paul West

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Paul West, called "a national treasure," is the author of eighteen novels, most recently Life with Swan, and ten works of nonfiction. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, he has taught at Brown University, Cornell University, and the University of Arizona.
Published July 10, 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Time Out New York

"Nobody cares the troubles you've seen," cautions Maria Callas (Daly) in Master Class.

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Montreal Gazette

A tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, featuring The Way We Were and Through the Eyes of Love, was prefaced with personal reminiscences and illustrated with photos of him and Streisand (A tribute to Donna Summer, featuring No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) is also performed in some shows, but was dropped h...

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The Village Voice

There's a shopping list of fine pop bands from throughout the African continent listed on one page of drumming major John Miller Chernoff's esteemed 1979 ethnographic study African Rhythm and African Sensibility.

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The Berkshire Review

She writes primarily on the arts for the Berkshire Review, the Advocate Weekly and other publications.

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They're fascinated by everything around them, and— (A crowd member near the back takes a photograph.) SHEPARD: Don't take any pictures, okay?

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