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In this brilliantly imagined book, author Danell Jones mines the diaries, essays, correspondence, and fiction of a literary legend to create an unforgettable master class in the art of writing. Using Virginia Woolf’s own words, this inspiring, instructive, and entertaining guide will delight fans, students, and teachers alike—and at last give Woolf a classroom of her own. ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Bantam
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şamil
Feb 27, 2016 şamil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitap Virginia Woolf eğer günümüzde bir öğretmen olsaydı nasıl ders anlatırdı ?sorusuna cevap vermeye çalışıyor. Woolf'un çeşitli türlerde verdiği eserlerindeki yazmayla alakalı kısımlar farklı bi bağlamda öğretici ama sıkmayan bir metin oluşturacak şekilde toplanmış.Her bölümün sonunda bölümle alakalı ve kitabın sonunda türlere göre çeşitli yazı alıştırma örnekleri var.Benim çıkardığım mesaj ise:"Yaşadıklarımızı ve hislerimizi kelimelere dökebilsek de dökemesek de etrafımıza bir yazar gözüyle b ...more
Dominic
Jan 30, 2011 Dominic rated it it was amazing
As a writer and a English teacher, I have read many instructional texts on the art of writing. Some of these are outstanding, but most I end up at least enjoying. But The Virginia Woolf Writers' Workshop could possibly be one of the very best.

The book begins as a delightful premise: What if the daring innovator Virginia Woolf could speak to us today? What sage advice would s/he give aspiring writers? (As I read, I couldn't help but imagine what Whitman would teach, what Eliot, what Joyce, what W
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Yasemin
Oct 06, 2015 Yasemin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Virginia Woolf hakkında çok şey bilmeme rağmen, henüz tanımamışken bir başlangıç olması amacıyla aldım bu kitabı. Fakat çok da beklediğim türde Woolf’u tanıtan bir kitap değildi. Onun yazma sanatını irdeleyen ve insanlara yazma disiplini edinmeleri konusunda öneriler sunan, bunun nasıl olacağını Woolf üzerinden, onun bazı derslerindeki cümleleri ve örnekleriyle anlatan bir kitaptı. Yazmak yetisini ve gerçekleştirme yöntemlerinin oldukça “özgün”lük barındırdığına inandığımdan, bu kişinin asla olm ...more
Judy
Oct 20, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any writer wanting a tune up
A different take on the typical writing-improvement book. Danell Jones provides advice and tune-up exercises using quotes from about writing from the works of Virginia Woolf. I loved the tone of this book, encouraging without guilting the reader. The conciseness prevents the reader from being overwhelmed. This is like a workshop in a bottle that can be poured out as needed.

4.0 stars
Yara
Sep 12, 2013 Yara rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I bought this little thing ages and ages ago at a book fair, back when I still thought that maybe I could be a writer. I hadn't actually read any of Virginia Woolf's books, but since it was cheap and I thought it might be useful, I took it home with me. And then it just stood there in my bookcase, unread, for years. Until today.

This is a short volume; it counts 129 pages, footnotes not included, and only 80 of those pages are the actual workshop. The other fifty pages consist of more writing exe
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Fatma
Jan 05, 2013 Fatma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yazma Alışkanlığı Kazanmak, Çalışmak, Üretmek, Yürümek, Okumak, Yayınlatma, Şüphe duyma, Önerilen Okumalar, Notlar, Kurmaca Notları, Hatırat Notları, Şiir Notları gibi bölümlerle Viriginia Woolf’tan yazarlık dersleri aldım. Bölümler feyiz vericiydi fakat bölümlerin bazıları çok yüzeyseldi. Yazarlık yolunda adam gibi yürüyebilmek için tavsiyeler var.

*Büyük bir yazarla karşılıklı oturup konuşmanın hayalini kim kurmamıştır ki? Shakespear’le bir şeyler içerek, Bronte kardeşlerle çayırlar üzerinde y
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Matt
Apr 20, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it
This is a delightful, original book. I did not read it for the actual writing lessons, but found myself enchanted by them. And for anyone who loves Virginia Woolf and her writings, this book is worth reading just for the plethora of quotations that are such an integral part it. I picked this up on a whim and ended up with a gem!
Adrianne Montoya
Jun 01, 2013 Adrianne Montoya rated it it was ok
I feel like I ought to justify why I gave this book a low rating. To be blunt, it was contrived. I just couldn't reconcile the author's images of Virginia Woolf giving a writing class. It's an imaginative concept, but it just doesn't fly (at least for me). I find myself wondering why Jones didn't simply compile a series of excerpts on writing from Woolf's works. This is essentially what Jones has done, but she's couched it in a strained premise that, frankly, pushes the boundaries (and unsuccess ...more
Jessica
Feb 24, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
Good concept but poorly executed. Almost a third of the book is the bibliography. Good writing prompts but the rest is awkwardly written.
Beatriz Andrea Ortiz Fernandez
Deriving writing exercises from the opinions and techniques of a famous writer was an inspired idea and made for a singular how-to-write book. While a few of the exercises are well-known among would-be writers, many, if not most, are unique and helpful, if not just plain fun. The language can be a bit heavy-handed and unnecessarily flowery, which can be a chore to read, but I suppose that can be a good thing in that is keeps the book from feeling too much like a prosaic school textbook. If you h ...more
Laura
We used this book for one of my writing classes. I liked the writing exercises because they offered interesting perspectives and approaches, but the general feel of the book didn't appeal to me. Maybe it's because I don't think Virginia Woolf is the absolutely BEST writer in the world. So that's why the author's voice seemed presumptuous and slightly annoying. I felt that Virginia Woolf was elevated too much. But for fans of Woolf I can see how this might be a good writing companion.

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Kim
Oct 08, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Loved this book and the fabulous ideas for writing prompts and exercises. I'm also feeling inspired to go read some Virginia Woolf.
Theresa
Mar 23, 2008 Theresa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: writers in need of inspiration
This book was a really fun and inspiring book about writing. After studying Virginia Woolf's essays, diaries, biographies, etc., she wrote this book as if VW was giving a series of lectures on writing to a group of students, using actual quotes and ideas about writing that VW had expressed. There's lots of documentation in the back of the book, so you can go look up the sources yourself. I loved it, and thought she did a good job of capturing what I perceive to be VW's voice and style. My only c ...more
Abby
Feb 02, 2009 Abby rated it really liked it
This is written as if Woolf is teaching a writing workshop to modern-day students. Jones did a great job of weaving together things that Woolf actually said/wrote and creating a plausible and helpful advice for writers. A great read, quick and fun. A great insight into the more cheerful side of Woolf and wonderful advice for writers. Also tons of writing prompts at the end of each chapter.
Arda Keskinkılıç
Feb 23, 2013 Arda Keskinkılıç rated it it was amazing
Virginia Woolf’un bizzat kendi sözlerini alıntılayarak hazırlanmış bu ilham verici, heyecan aşılayan, kimi zaman eğlendiren rehber, umuyoruz ki kelimelere gönül vermiş, yazıyla kişisel bağ kurmuş öğrencileri, öğretmenleri ve hatta tüm Virginia Woolf hayranlarını mutlu edecek ve nihayetinde Woolf’u hak ettiği sınıfa düşlerde de olsa kavuşturacaktır.
Ariestess
Jan 25, 2010 Ariestess rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! Riddled with quotes from Woolf and several writing sparks that will prove quite useful to just about any writer, regardless of their level of expertise. I probably finished this in bits and pieces over the course of 3 days. I'll be using this book often for reference materials...
Deb
Oct 04, 2013 Deb rated it really liked it
What a fun and interesting book for writers! The author takes you through seven lessons of an imagined writing workshop using Virginia Woolf's words taken from her books, diaries, journals, and essays. Many writing "Sparks" or exercises are offered to get your imagination soaring.
Patricia
Oct 09, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it
this was a really neat concept: how would virginia woolf conduct a modern-day writer's workshop. it is a fictionalized scenario using much of woolf's wisdom and many witticisms on writing and the profession of writing.
Jenna Petty
Apr 07, 2016 Jenna Petty rated it it was amazing
I'm already quoting this book, writing in purple ink, and taking writing walks...
Thanks Virginia!
(yes, we are on a first name basis now)
<3 this book, as a writer and as a huge Woolf fan!
Neva
Absolutely wonderful mix of quotes in a way that creates a writer's workshop. Useful exercises. A Multiple Read book.
Anke
Oct 11, 2012 Anke rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
A quick and entertaining read for aspiring writers and anyone who is remotely into the books by Virginia Woolf.
Julia
Oct 19, 2010 Julia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-books-in-2010
Great information and things to think about and practice. Use some of the information for my writers group.

Trisha
Sep 01, 2008 Trisha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all writers
Shelves: non-fiction
Absolutely delightful! Solid,useful advice, and I may quite possibly love Virginia even more now.
Erika Dreifus
My review of this clever book appeared in the July 2008 issue of The Writer magazine.
Sidra
May 13, 2009 Sidra rated it really liked it
The reading portion of the book was just okay, but the writing prompts are great.
Natasha Fondren
Dec 27, 2009 Natasha Fondren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 365-challenge
Short. Good. Worth it.
Jill
Aug 03, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
A must have for any writer!
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