An innovative new approach to teaching and writing creative nonfiction from veteran teacher and critically acclaimed author Carol Bly.
Teachers and writers everywhere are facing the limits imposed by the prevailing models of teaching: community or MFA “workshops” or, at the high-school level, “peer review.” In Beyond the Writers' WorkshopCarol Bly presents an alternative. She believes that workshopping’s tendency to engage in wry scorn and pay exaggerated attention to technical details, causes apprentice writers, consciously or unconsciously, to modify their most passionate work.
Inspired by a philosophy of individuality and moral rigor, Bly combines ideas and techniques from social work, psychotherapy, and neuroscience with the traditional teaching of fresh metaphor, salient dialogue, lively pace, and analysis of other literary work in her pioneering new approach. She also includes exercises and examples in an extensive practical appendix.
“Bly provides excellent discussions…of the writer’s craft, but she also delves deeper…. She excels at coaxing writers…toward a larger vision of life and literature.”–The Plain Dealer on The Passionate, Accurate Story