Workbook by Steven Heighton
Memos & Dispatches On Writing

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Heighton as character, hero of the workbook on writing, exhibits his own contradictions even in this finely pared down work of many years. And it’s a stronger work for it. Of the genre, certainly, one of the better.
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A fresh and provocative picture of what it means to create literature, this collection of Steven Heighton’s notes to himself as he writes peeks into the mind of an acclaimed author. The short pieces reveal Heighton’s pointed, cutting take on his own work and materialize the musings and meditations that come to him as he scribbles. Offering new perspectives and insights into the creative process, this wholly original book shows what lies outside the pages of the bestsellers written by this Canadian author.

 

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Steven Heighton has been described by Al Purdy as "one of the best writers of his generation, maybe the best." His poetry books include Patient Frame, The Address Book, The Ecstasy of Skeptics, and Foreign Ghosts. His work has been internationally anthologized, translated into nine languages, and nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Trillium Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Journey Prize, and Britain's W.H. Smith Award. He has received the Air Canada Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, Gold Medals for fiction and for poetry in the National Magazine Awards, and the Petra Kenney Prize. Heighton has taught fiction and poetry at the May Studios in Banff and the Booming Ground workshop at UBC, and has been writer in residence at Concordia University and Massey College at the University of Toronto.
 
Published October 1, 2011 by ECW Press. 76 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jeff Parker on Nov 11 2011

Heighton as character, hero of the workbook on writing, exhibits his own contradictions even in this finely pared down work of many years. And it’s a stronger work for it. Of the genre, certainly, one of the better.

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