Writing Begins with the Breath

Embodying Authentic Voice

Writing Begins with the Breath

In this distinctive guide to the craft of writing, author Laraine Herring shows us how to tune into our bodies and connect with our emotions so that our writing becomes an expression of our full beings, rather than just an intellectual exercise. With warmth and wisdom, Herring offers a path to discovering "deep writing"—prose that is unique, expressive, and profoundly authentic. Lessons and imaginative exercises show you how to: stay with your writing when your mind or body starts to pull you away; explore the five senses in your writing; and approach your writing without judgment. Writing Begins with the Breath will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before, while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers. To learn more about the author, Laraine Herring, visit her website at www.laraineherring.com.

Writing Alone and with Others

Writing Alone and with Others

For more than a quarter of a century, Pat Schneider has helped writers find and liberate their true voices. She has taught all kinds--the award winning, the struggling, and those who have been silenced by poverty and hardship. Her innovative methods have worked in classrooms from elementary to graduate level, in jail cells and public housing projects, in convents and seminaries, in youth at-risk programs, and with groups of the terminally ill. Now, in Writing Alone and with Others, Schneider's acclaimed methods are available in a single, well-organized, and highly readable volume. The first part of the book guides the reader through the perils of the solitary writing life: fear, writer's block, and the bad habits of the internal critic. In the second section, Schneider describes the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, widely used across the U.S. and abroad. Chapters on fiction and poetry address matters of technique and point to further resources, while more than a hundred writing exercises offer specific ways to jumpstart the blocked and stretch the rut-stuck. Schneider's innovative teaching method will refresh the experienced writer and encourage the beginner. Her book is the essential owner's manual for the writer's voice.

Healing Addiction with Yoga

A Yoga Program for People in 12-Step Recovery

Healing Addiction with Yoga

Especially oriented toward those in 12-step programs, this comprehensive wellness guide describes how yoga can stimulate recovery from addiction by bringing the mind and body closer together. The supportive and understanding text presents a 21-day yoga regimen using dynamic affirmations, relaxation techniques, nutrition and lifestyle suggestions, aerobic activities, and journal writing, all of which are geared to incorporate the 12-step philosophy into yoga practice. The featured poses are drawn from the popular hatha yoga tradition, while the complementary contemplations are applicable not only to addicts, but to anyone seeking physical and spiritual enrichment. Newly updated and revised, the guide includes beautiful, professional photographs throughout to demonstrate the wide variety of asanas.

Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Anxiety

Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Anxiety

This wise and practical book provides effective strategies for helping therapy clients with anxiety resolve ambivalence and increase their intrinsic motivation for change. The author shows how to infuse the spirit and methods of motivational interviewing (MI) into cognitive-behavioral therapy or any other anxiety-focused treatment. She describes specific ways to use MI as a pretreatment intervention or integrate it throughout the course of therapy whenever motivational impasses occur. Vivid clinical material -- including a chapter-length case example of a client presenting with anxiety and depression -- enhances the utility of this accessible guide. This title is part of the Applications of Motivational Interviewing Series, edited by Stephen Rollnick and William R. Miller.

It Starts with Trouble

William Goyen and the Life of Writing

It Starts with Trouble

William Goyen was a writer of startling originality and deep artistic commitment whose work attracted an international audience and the praise of such luminaries as Northrop Frye, Truman Capote, Gaston Bachelard, and Joyce Carol Oates. His subject was the land and language of his native East Texas; his desire, to preserve the narrative music through which he came to know his world. Goyen sought to transform the cherished details of his lost boyhood landscape into lasting, mythic forms. Cut off from his native soil and considering himself an "orphan," Goyen brought modernist alienation and experimentation to Texas materials. The result was a body of work both sophisticated and handmade—and a voice at once inimitable and unmistakable. It Starts with Trouble is the first complete account of Goyen's life and work. It uncovers the sources of his personal and artistic development, from his early years in Trinity, Texas, through his adolescence and college experience in Houston; his Navy service during World War II; and the subsequent growth of his writing career, which saw the publication of five novels, including The House of Breath, nonfiction works such as A Book of Jesus, several short story collections and plays, and a book of poetry. It explores Goyen's relationships with such legendary figures as Frieda Lawrence, Katherine Anne Porter, Stephen Spender, Anaïs Nin, and Carson McCullers. No other twentieth-century writer attempted so intimate a connection with his readers, and no other writer of his era worked so passionately to recover the spiritual in an age of disabling irony. Goyen's life and work are a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling and the absolute necessity of narrative art.

The Intimate Mystery

Creating Strength and Beauty in Your Marriage

The Intimate Mystery

The book of Genesis provides a matrix for understanding the intimate mystery of marriage in light of three commands-- leave (your family of origin), weave (a life together) and cleave (through sexual intimacy). In this book, Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III explore and unpack the rich implications of this pattern--From publisher description.

The Breath of Theatre

The Breath of Theatre

"This volume gathers ten years of interviews with leading theatre and performance practitioners and critical reflections on plays and theatre-works in performance ... The collections features, among others, conversations with distinguished artists ... and reviews of work by Alan Bennett, Nilo Cruz, Will Eno, Sarah Kane, Bryony Lavery, Eduardo Machado, Suzan-Lori Parks and more."--Page [4] of cover.

You Never Ate Lunch in This Town to Begin With...

An Outsider's Inside Look at the Outside of Hollywood

You Never Ate Lunch in This Town to Begin With...

Hollywood isn't all about the A-listinternationally famous actors and directors, highly paid writers, powerful producers. No, it's also about the failures, the inhabitants of the periphery, the bottom layers of the entertainment pyramid. That's the role Nicholas Kolya reluctantly played for the last decade. Follow his struggle at the margins of the entertainment industry, a nether region inhabited by washed-up game show hosts and once-perky child stars, professional monkey writers and drug-addicted talent agents. From the crummy sets of direct-to-video puppet movies to pitch meetings at major studios, laugh at his failures as he reaches, and reaches, and reaches, for that elusive golden ringHollywood success.

The Book of Literary Design

Constructing Hong Kong Through the Ages

The Book of Literary Design

The earliest book-length treatise in Chinese literary criticism, the Wenxin diaolong is of central importance in the Chinese tradition. The work was compiled in the sixth century, one of the most fertile and original periods in Chinese critical thinking. Its author, Liu Xie, was a Buddhist monk as well as a Confucian scholar, and so represented the main persuasions of China. The Wenxin diaolong first came to be noted in the seventeenth century, when it was studied by scholars and edited by Mei Qingsheng. When the study of literary criticism became an independent discipline early in the twentieth century, it developed into a cynosure that was widely discussed and provided with learned annotations. This volume presents a fresh translation of the Wenxin diaolong that is at once authoritative and elegant. It may well be regarded as a standard reference by students of sinology and comparative literature.

Don't Forget to Write for the Secondary Grades

50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons (Ages 11 and Up)

Don't Forget to Write for the Secondary Grades

Fantastic strategies for getting high school students excitedabout writing This book offers 50 creative writing lesson plans from theimaginative and highly acclaimed 826 National writing labs. Createdas a resource to reach all students (even those most resistant tocreative writing), the off-beat and attention-grabbing lessonsinclude such gems as "Literary Facebooks," where students create amock Facebook profile based on their favorite literary character,as well as highly practical lessons like the "College ApplicationEssay Boot Camp." These writing lessons are written byexperts—and favorite novelists, actors, and otherentertainers pitched in too. Road-tested lessons from a stellar national writing lab Inventive and unique lessons that will appeal to even the mostdifficult-to-reach students Includes a chart linking lessons to the Common Core StateStandards 826 National is an organization committed to supportingteachers, publishing student work, and offering services forEnglish language learners.