The Craft and Art of Writing
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For more than forty years, distinguished author Roger
Rosenblatt has also been a teacher of writing, guiding
students with the same intelligence and generosity he brings
to the page, answering the difficult questions about what
makes a story good, an essay shapely, a novel successful,
and the most profound and essential question of them allâ€”why
Unless It Moves the Human Heart details one semester in
Rosenblatt's "Writing Everything" class. In a series of
funny, intimate conversations, a diverse group of
studentsâ€”from Inur, a young woman whose family is from
Pakistan, to Sven, an exâ€“fighter pilotâ€”grapples with the
questions and subjects most important to narrative craft.
Delving into their varied lives, Rosenblatt brings readers
closer to them, emotionally investing us in their failures
More than a how-to for writers and aspiring writers, more
than a memoir of teaching, Unless It Moves the Human Heart
is a deeply felt and impassioned plea for the necessity of
writing in our lives. As Rosenblatt wisely reminds us,
"Writing is the cure for the disease of living. Doing it may
sometimes feel like an escape from the world, but at its
best moments it is an act of rescue."
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