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The Virginia Woolf Writers' Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing

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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 o ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Bantam
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Dominic
Sep 29, 2010 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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Onur Başak
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yazar Woolf'u çağımızda yaşayan tatlı dilli ve güler yüzlü bir eğitimci olarak canlandırıyor. Woolf yazmak üzerine fikirlerini ve tavsiyelerini, modern zamanlarda yaşayan öğrencilerin sorularına yanıt olarak vücuda getiriyor. Son bölümlerde de yazarın Woolf hakkında yaptığı geniş araştırmalar göze çarpıyor.Şiirden denemeye, biyografiden roman yazımına geniş bir yelpazede, yazmaya dair çok güzel ipuçlarına yer verilmiş. Yazmaya meraklı kişilerin okumalarını önemle tavsiye ediyorum.
şamil
Feb 20, 2016 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
Judy
Oct 19, 2012 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
Jan Rog
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book once through about six months ago. Yes, I enjoyed it then, but I did not feel like I had sufficiently learned from this book. In January I began to read it again with intentional reading sessions (different works by Virginia Woolf are listed in the Workshop pages) and writing sessions based on Jones' prompts. That interaction and process made my second reading all the more meaningful.
Fatma Çelik
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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Fatma
Jan 05, 2013 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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Yara (The Narratologist)
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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Yasemin Şahin
Oct 06, 2015 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
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.

*Taken from
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Adrianne Montoya
Jun 01, 2013 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
Beatriz Andrea 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
Theresa
Mar 14, 2008 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
Matt
Apr 20, 2016 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!
Abby
Dec 28, 2008 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.
Patricia
Oct 09, 2009 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.
Ariestess
Jan 25, 2010 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
Sep 29, 2013 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.
Kim
Sep 30, 2014 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.
Trisha
Aug 29, 2008 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.
Jill
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A must have for any writer!
Anke
Oct 03, 2012 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.
Jenna Petty
Sep 13, 2015 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!
Sidra
Nov 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
The reading portion of the book was just okay, but the writing prompts are great.
Julia
Oct 19, 2010 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.

Jessica
Feb 24, 2014 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.
Neva
Absolutely wonderful mix of quotes in a way that creates a writer's workshop. Useful exercises. A Multiple Read book.
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Danell Jones’s poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in various publications. Jones has a Ph.D. from Columbia University where she won a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities for her work on Virginia Woolf. She was awarded the Jovanovich Award for Poetry from the University of Colorado and was chosen as a finalist for both the Bakeless Poetry Prize and the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for F ...more
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