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Writing Brave and Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing

Writing Brave & Free<br> by Ted Kooser and Steve Cox Writing Brave and Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Ted Kooser & Steve Cox
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 178
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 0803278322
ISBN-13: 9780803278325

About the Book:

Sometimes setting pen to paper requires bravery, and writing well means breaking free of the rules learned in school. Liberating and emboldening the beginning writer are the goals of Ted Kooser and Steve Cox in this spirited book of practical wisdom that brings to bear decades of invaluable experience in writing, teaching, editing, and publishing.

Unlike how to write books that dwell on the angst and the agony of the trade, Writing Brave and Free is upbeat and accessible. The focus here is the work itself: how to get started and how to keep going, and never is heard a discouraging word such as no, not, or never. Because of the wealth of their experience, the authors can offer the sort of practical publishing advice that novices need and yet rarely find.

Organized in brief, user-friendly chapters — on everything from sensory details to a work environment, from creating suspense to revising and taking criticism — the book allows aspiring (and practicing) writers to dip in anywhere and find something of value.

What they say:

If you’ve yearned for the courage to put pen to paper, or hands to keyboard, after reading Writing Brave and Free, you probably will.” — Tucson Weekly

These two are a pair of crafty old uncles who anticipate your writing dilemmas and offer you examples of how they and others have resolved them. While they’d never be so bold as to tell you what to do, they’ll politely steer you along the proper path.” — Arizona Daily Star

It’s hard to imagine any aspiring writer whose fear, self-doubt and bewilderment won’t be blown to bits by reading this book. Ted Kooser and Steve Cox offer excellent practical advice, liberating encouragement, and an infectious attitude that revels in the sheer joy of creative writing.” Lawrence W. Cheek, author, architecture critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and instructor in the University of Washington Writers Program

The gentle, conversational voice of team Kooser and Cox offers courage and wisdom to new writers. You can do it, they say, we know you can, and we’re here to show you how. Practical and inspirational, they lead writers to the pleasures of shaping, to the surprising stories that no one else can write, to expeditions into the deep-woods territory of memory, and to demystification of the publishing process. ‘The writer’s goal,’ our coaches say, ‘is to light up the sky.’ They have practiced what they preach. Writing Brave and Free is a liberating, illuminating guide.” — Meg Files, author, and Chair of the English Department at Pima Community College

About the Authors:

Ted Kooser, 13th Poet Laureate of the United States and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Steve Cox, a lifelong editor and publisher, is now a freelance writer and the director emeritus of the University of Arizona Press.