The Virginia Woolf Writers' Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing (Paperback)
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In this brilliantly imagined book, author Danell Jones mines the diaries, essays, correspondence, and fiction of a literary legend to create an unforgettable master class in the art of writing. Using Virginia Woolf’s own words, this inspiring, instructive, and entertaining guide will delight fans, students, and teachers alike—and at last give Woolf a classroom of her own.
Imagine what it might be like if Virginia Woolf were teaching a writers’ workshop. What would she say? What elements of her own experience would writers today find valuable? Now one need only to look within these pages to find out. For here, perched at the podium of a classroom, Woolf shares her wisdom on a range of matters, including:
The value of experimentation
How to use a journal for inspiration
The importance of reading, walking, and practicing
Methods for learning from great writers
Also included are “writing sparks”—exercises for writers of all levels—inspired by Woolf’s best-known works, plus the original sources of all of Woolf’s quotes for deeper exploration. Let Woolf’s utterly unique vision guide you to your own distinct voice at the same time that you deepen your appreciation and knowledge of her as a revolutionary writer and thinker. This practical reference motivates and inspires readers to embrace their personal vision through the spirit of one of the foremost literary talents of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Danell Jones has been teaching writing for more than twenty years. She earned her Ph.D. in English literature from Columbia University, where she was awarded both a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities and a Bennett Cerf Award for her work on Virginia Woolf.
Jones’s poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in various publications, including the Denver Quarterly, British Writers, Beyond Baroque, and Virginia Woolf: Themes and Variations. She has been a finalist for the Bakeless Poetry Prize and the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for fiction and has won the Jovanovich Award for poetry. She has recently written the introduction to a new edition of Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room.
Danell Jones teaches and lives in Billings, Montana.
“Jones has taken Virginia Woolf’s writings and broken them into seven classroom scenes. . . . Each is worth any writer’s attention.” —Deseret Morning News
“An inspired moment gave way to an intriguing concept and now a delightful book.” —Billings Gazette
“A gift to aspiring writers from an author who has absorbed the lessons of Woolf and made them her own.” —Edward Mendelson, author of The Things That Matter
“Jones creates a vision of Woolf as the teacher she might have been: funny, ambitious, wise, and encouraging.” —Anne E. Fernald, author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader