By turns poignant, funny, and practical, Writers on Writing brings together more than forty of contemporary literature's finest voices. Drawn from the distinguished New York Times column of the same name, it features essays by an extraordinary group of prize-winning and bestselling contributors.
The pieces range from reflections on the daily craft of writing to the intersection of art and life's consequential moments. Authors discuss what impels them to write: creating a sense of control in a turbulent universe; bearing witness to events that would otherwise be lost in history or within the writer's soul; recapturing a fragment of time. Others praise mentors and lessons, whether from the classroom, daily circumstance, or the pages of a favorite writer. For anyone interested in the art or rewards of authorship, Writers on Writing offers an uncommon and revealing view of the writer's world.
Contributors include Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E. L. Doctorow, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, Carl Hiaasen, Jamaica Kincaid, Susan Sontag, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker, Sue Miller, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Marge Piercy, Annie Proulx, Carol Shields, Jane Smiley, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Elie Wiesel, James Salter, and others.