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Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57131-323-2
Pages: 336
Publish Date: July 2010
Genre: Nonfiction

Views from the Loft

A Portable Writer's Workshop

BY Daniel Slager

Founded nearly four decades ago by a group of young writers, the Loft has become our nation’s largest independent literary center. The dream animating its inception—to build a community of writers and readers—has borne remarkable fruit, and today the Loft’s community extends from its home in Minneapolis to writers and readers around the world.

Gathering the collected wisdom of that community—from practical tips and suggestions to ruminations on the mystery of the writing process—this invaluable book provides writers everywhere with the tools and inspiration they need to thrive. Invigorating, insightful, and illuminating throughout, this portable workshop is essential for writers of all levels.

Views from the Loft collects more than sixty essays, including:

• Grace Paley on the writer’s responsibility in the world
• Rick Bass
on keeping your schedule open for the muse
• Marilyn Chin
on grandfathers, cowlicks, and shoe glue in first drafts of poems
• Lewis Hyde
on embracing the mythology of wholeness in nonfiction
• Ted Kooser
on fostering a poetic life
• Susan Straight
on writing through clogged toilets, broken windows, and the other charms of single-motherhood



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Editorial ReviewGoodreads Review

"Views from the Loft: A Portable Writer's Workshop is packed with inspirational, useful, and thought-provoking essays on the craft of writing by some of the best writers around."

Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Views from the Loft: A Portable Writer's Workshop is a local collection of essays that gets inside the minds and hearts of authors and poets alike.  The all-star cast of writers, including Kate DiCamillo and Mark Doty, shares the trials and tribulations that paved the way to successful careers.  Some passages are clinical, while others are inspirational, but each will motivate you to pick up a pen and write."

MSP Magazine

"35 years of literary wisdom."

Marianne Combs of Minnesota Public Radio

"The volume's organization—separated into the categories of teaching, writing, critique, publication and writing for life— is meant to emulate the Loft's workshop model, to provide burgeoning writers with the 'tools and inspiration they need to thrive.' Thrive? That's a tall order. But delight in rummaging around in the advice, the grumbling, the erudition offered in these pages? For sure. Few genres go uncovered."

The Oregonian


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Daniel Slager selected and edited fiction in New York until 2005, when he moved to Minneapolis. He is the Publisher of Milkweed Editions.

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