Startle and Illuminate: Carol Shields on Writing

Startle and Illuminate: Carol Shields on Writing

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An essential work from one of Canada's finest writers, Startle and Illuminate stands as a reflection of Carol Shields' devotion to the writer's craft. Drawn together by her daughter and grandson from decades of correspondence with other writers, essays, notes, comments, criticism and lectures, Startle and Illuminate helps answer some of the most fundamental questions about the craft: Why do we write at all? Can writing be taught? What keeps a reader turning the pages? How is a writer to know when a work is done? In her own words, Shields reveals her thoughts on why we read, and more importantly, why we write: for the joy of the making, to reimagine our world, to discover patterns and uncover forms that echo our realities as well as interrogate them.

ISBN: 9780345815958

Published Date: August 15, 2017

Publisher: Vintage Books Canada

Language: English

Page Count: 198

Size: 7.97" l x 5.12" w x 0.72" h