Out of Silence, Sound. Out of Nothing, Something.: A Writers Guide (Paperback)

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In an elegant but contemporary voice, award-winning author Susan Griffin breaks down the creative process step-by-step, guiding the reader through a practical course in how to begin and end a work of literature, whether fiction or nonfiction, poetry, or prose

The distinguished author of more than twenty-two books, many award-winning, Susan Griffin distills daily wisdom garnered from more than five decades teaching creative writing and editing manuscripts, as well as from her own writing. This collection of brief but ultimately pithy chapters designed to help beginning writers get started also guides experienced writers through blocks and difficulties of all kinds.
Organized according to a practical timeline, Out of Silence, Sound. Out of Nothing, Something. elucidates the process of writing from beginning to end, presenting an approach that is similar to the practice of meditation as it encourages and enlarges the mind’s intrinsic capacity for creativity. An autobiographical account, a sometimes humorous, at times moving essay called “How I Learned to Write” is threaded throughout the book.

About the Author

SUSAN GRIFFIN has written over twenty-two books, including nonfiction, poetry, and plays. A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a New York Times Notable book. Woman and Nature, considered a classic of environmental writing, is credited for inspiring the ecofeminist movement. She and her work have been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emmy, and the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement & Service, among other honors. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Praise For…

"With her signature gifts of insight, skill, and subtlety, Susan Griffin simultaneously de-mystifies and elevates the art of creative writing. Relevant across all genres and levels of experience, this book is so practical and elegant, so intelligent and essential—I can’t wait to share it with every writer I know." ––Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory

"Out of Silence, Sound. Out of Nothing, Something. is a gorgeous, uncanny book that goes to the heart of why and how we write. It is, yes, a guide, but like all of Susan Griffin’s work, it turns on the wisdom and sensibility of a philosopher poet. I’ll recommend it to every writer I know, every student I teach, anyone who leans across a table and whispers, 'What I really want to do is write.'" ––Honor Moore, author of Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury

Product Details
ISBN: 9781640094109
ISBN-10: 1640094105
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English