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Workbook: Memos & Dispatches on Writing

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Since selections first appeared in the New Quarterly and the National Post as part of “The Afterword,” Steven Heighton’s memos and dispatches to himself — a writer’s pointed, cutting take on his own work and the work of writing — have been tweeted and retweeted, discussed and tacked to bulletin boards everywhere. Coalesced, completed, and collected here for the first time, ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by ECW Press
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Angie Abdou
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Workbook is an aphrodisiac. Better than raw oysters.

In the pages of this beautiful new meditation on the art of letters, I fell in-love with writing all over again. Nothing in its title hints at the passion between its covers. Neither "Workbook" nor "Memos" nor "Dispatches" leads potential book buyers to think: hot read coming up! Lovers of literature might expect a novel to have steamy scenes or a book of poetry to arouse a sensual response, but a philosophical reflection on the discipline of
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Ginger
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Workbook was published, I consumed it quickly, loved every word, gave it 5 stars and quickly moved to the next book in the Stack that Never Shrinks. But this fish hook goes in easy then hangs on. Like kid pictures and favourite quotes and earrings and coffee stains, Workbook has become an essential part of the landscape of my writing desk. I still can't put it on a shelf.

Writer Angie Abdou said “Workbook is an aphrodisiac.” Amen. If this is a Bible for writers, count it as having a few ext
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When I first heard about this, I thought that it was a workbook for writers, with exercises, so I ordered a copy for myself, thinking it would be useful. It's actually a series of essays and lists about writing. Some interesting tidbits, but it's more of a "letters to a young poet", "let's look at things" type book, rather than a Natalie Goldberg book or a technique book.
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Steven Heighton (born August 14, 1961) is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet. He is the author of ten books, including two short story collections, three novels, and five poetry collections.[1] His most recent novel, Every Lost Country, was published in 2010.

Heighton was born in Toronto, Ontario, and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree, at Queens University.[2]

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