Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

By Colum McCann
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2.65 Hours 04/04/2017 unabridged
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From the bestselling author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin comes a lesson in how to be a writer—and so much more than that. Intriguing and inspirational, this book is a call to look outward rather than inward. McCann asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear. A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. It charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them. These fifty-two essays are ultimately a profound challenge to a new generation to bring truth and light to a dark world through their art.

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Summary

Summary

From the bestselling author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin comes a lesson in how to be a writer—and so much more than that.

Intriguing and inspirational, this book is a call to look outward rather than inward. McCann asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear.

A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. It charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them.

These fifty-two essays are ultimately a profound challenge to a new generation to bring truth and light to a dark world through their art.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The author is generous with useful, hard-won knowledge, but isn’t averse to mussing the hair of precious literary myths, warning against..dishonor[ing] literature’s living portrait of humanity and the power of language not only to thrill and enchant but to bear witness and inspire others into honest exploration and—occasionally—transcendence.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A demonstration of how precision, care, and hard work are the writer’s crucial tools. McCann…draws upon twenty years of teaching to offer more than fifty brief chapters focused on all stages of the writing process…Pithy, wise, and gently encouraging advice from an acclaimed fiction writer. Kirkus Reviews
“Colum McCann lends a personable voice to his warm words of advice for budding writers. Although McCann is fast becoming one of the most respected novelists of our time, he reads and writes with humility, charm, and earnest good intention. He brings the affability of a reader who does not focus on acting as a profession, and the end result is something akin to a fireside conversation with a favorite uncle…McCann’s reading is intimate, casual, and wise. Writer or not, young or not, the listener will find gems in McCann’s writings that will leave them optimistic and entertained.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Colum McCann

Colum McCann is the author of two short-story collections and a number of acclaimed novels. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Hennessy Award, and been an IMPAC finalist. In 2002 he was named the first winner of the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. A contributor to the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, he lives in New York City with his wife and children.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Self-Help
Runtime: 2.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English