A collection of inspiring letters from some of our most renowned and respected fiction writers on the craft of writing and the writing life. Contributors include Lee K. Abbott, Charles Baxter, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Carver, Shelby Foote, John Gardner, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Tobias... read more
“...indeed artists of all types-often get started: when some beloved authority figure-parent, teacher, favorite aunt, whomever-tells them they have a "gift," a "talent", something that stes them apart from all the other little kids, something that makes them special.”David Bradley
“Because we've been reading since five, however, we blithely assume we can read; because we scrawled our signature when six, we glibly aspire to write.”Delbanco
“Jobs can do more than just bread on the table, Joel. They can extend and deepen your education by furnishing you an unending supply of rich characters, moments that excite or move you, observations of cruel injustices that you are powerless to rectify, stretches of incredible boredom, temptations of many varieties, frustrations, close friendships, inexplicably malignant behavior, motives and plots more complex than any you have previously imagined.”Stanley W. Lindberg
Fredeirck Busch, Introduction
Lee K. Abbott, "Speaking for Myself"
Richarch Bausch, "Dear Write"
Charles Baxter, " Full of It"
Ann Beattie, "Letter to a Writer"
Rosellen Brown, "You Are Not Here Long"
Janet Burroway, "Re: Envy"
Raymond Carver, "Dear Mr. Hallstrom
Malcolm Cowley, "Letter to John Cheever"
Nicholas Delbanco, " Dear Franz K"
Andre Dubus, "Letter to a Young Writer"
Pam Durban, "That Way He Could Work It"
Shelby Foote, "Letter to Walker Percy"
John Gardner, "Letter to Joanna Higgins"
George Garett, "You are Adam and You Are Eve"
Shelby Hearon, "Letter to Gail Greiner
Jannette Turner Hospital, "Letter to a Young Writer Met at a Conference"
Lewis Lapham, "Ars longa, vita brevis"
Stanley W. Lindberg, "But before You Start...
Joyce Carol Oates, "To a Young Writer"
Reynolds Price, "Letter to a Young Writer"
Megan Staffel, "Dear Laurie"
Melanie Rae Thon, "Letter to a Young Fiction Writer"
John Updike, "Two Communications to Nicholas Delbanco, Summer 1962"
James Welch, "Letter to a Young Writer"
Tobias Wolff, "To Jerry"
Hilma Wolitzer, "Supporting Your Habit"
Caroline Gordon, "Letter to Flannery O' Conner"
Flannery O' Conner, "To John Hawkes"
John Hawkes, "Letter to Joanna Scott"
Joanna Scott, "Dear Meg"
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