Breathing the Page

By Betsy Warland

Breathing the Page
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Twelve years in the making, Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing is a must-read for students of creative writing. This collection is comprised of two sets of twelve essays each. "Materials" reflects on the history and animate nature of the objects we use in the act ... Read more


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Twelve years in the making, Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing is a must-read for students of creative writing. This collection is comprised of two sets of twelve essays each. "Materials" reflects on the history and animate nature of the objects we use in the act of writing, from computers, to pens and pencils, right down to paper. Warland subverts our assumptions about these 'tools' by making the case that our materials are also our collaborators. 'Concepts' investigates, names, and addresses the powerful forces at work beneath the language of craft. Warland shows that what ultimately determines whether a piece of writing succeeds or flounders is a writer's ability to be humbled, overcome, or guided by these forces.

Betsy Warland

Betsy Warland has published thirteen books of creative nonfiction, lyric prose and poetry. Warland's 2010 book of essays on writing, BREATHING THE PAGE: READING THE ACT OF WRITING, became a bestseller. OSCAR OF BETWEEN: A MEMOIR OF IDENTITY AND IDEAS (2016) became the basis for Lloyd Burritt's chamber opera, THE ART OF CAMOUFLAGE in 2018. Author, mentor, teacher, manuscript consultant, editor, and Director of Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, Warland received the City of Vancouver Mayor's Award for Literary Excellence in 2016.

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