A Writer's Workbook Daily Exercises for the Writing Life

Caroline Sharp; Foreword by Elizabeth Gilbert

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

176 Pages



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Wry, smart, and generous, A Writer's Workbook helps writers get and stay "in shape" by showing them precisely how to focus, practice, and make progress. From "Roget's Résumé" and "Emulating Ernest" and "Picture This" to "Objects of Desire" and "Plot, Plot, Fizz, Fizz" and "End Well," Caroline Sharp's popular guide offers a broad array of exercises designed to inspire, encourage, warm up, or jump-start anyone who struggles with writing. Her accessible yet erudite suggestions and insights will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.


Praise for A Writer's Workbook

"A Writer's Workbook is the most generous favor to those among us who would write and could write, if only we could get down to work . . . This is a book for students, for professionals, for poets, for playwrights, for journalists, and for those of you who don't even dare call yourself writers yet, except the most secret moments of the night."—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Stern Men, from the Foreword

"What a delightful book! I may just try some of the how-tos. A singing author has a certain nice ring to it. This is a wonderful read."—Beverly Sills

"Opened-hearted, ardent, and encouraging. A must-have book for students and teachers alike."—Elise Paschen, Executive Director, Poetry Society of America, and author of Infidelities

"With this charming, insightful, and indispensable guide, Caroline Sharp may very well have ended writer's block in our time."—Albert J. Zuckerman, author of Writing the Blockbuster Novel

"A supportive and encouraging book every aspiring writer will find particularly useful."—Publishers Weekly

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  • Caroline Sharp; Foreword by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Caroline Sharp has a degree in psychology from Princeton University, an MFA from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the Writer's Boot Camp. The mother of two, she lives and writes in New York City.