Courage & Craft

Courage & Craft

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By: Barbara Abercrombie

Have you always wanted to write about your life but wondered how to get started, how to keep going, and whether it's even worth it in the first place? Under the guidance of veteran author and writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie, you'll learn how to turn the messy, crazy, sad, and wonderful stuff of your life into prose or poetry that has order, clarity, and meaning.

Abercrombie presents the nuts and bolts of several genres, showing you how to keep a journal, craft a personal essay, or write a memoir, autobiography, poem, or work of fiction. She offers lessons to embolden you as a writer and practical guidelines for working writing into your everyday life, giving and receiving feedback, and getting your work published. In Courage & Craft, you'll find exercises to keep the inner critic at bay, inspiration from writers who've been there, and proven advice for getting your words on the page and out into the world.

Barbara Abercrombie has published fifteen books, including Courage & Craft: Writing Your Life into Story and A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement. She teaches in the Writer’s Program at UCLA Extension and lives in Los Angeles and Lake Arrowhead, California.

“This is a clear, insightful book about reading and writing by one of the most gifted teachers of writing today. She wrestles the art of good writing from the clutches of the muse and brings it down to earth where we can have a go at it. With humor and generosity, she shares her good ideas and love of craft. It is a nourishing read, second only to taking one of Barbara's classes.”
— Linda Hunt, actress

“There are too many technical, academic writing texts out there. Barbara gives the writer something far more valuable in this splendid guide — how to write from the gut, from the heart, from the soul of your experience.”
— Billy Mernit, author of Writing the Romantic Comedy

Courage & Craft is the perfect guide for anyone who has ever been passionate about telling a story but feels too frustrated, nervous, unsure, unworthy, clueless, or terrified to proceed. Barbara Abercrombie grabs hold of your hand, gently pulls you along, and doesn't dream of letting you go until you're steady on your own two feet.”
— Jennie Nash, author of The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming