In an elegant but contemporary voice, award-winning author Susan Griffin breaks down the creative process step-by-step, guiding the reader through a practical course in how to begin and end a work of literature, whether fiction or nonfiction, poetry, or prose
The distinguished author of more than twenty-two books, many award-winning, Susan Griffin distills daily wisdom garnered from more than five decades teaching creative writing and editing manuscripts, as well as from her own writing. This collection of brief but ultimately pithy chapters designed to help beginning writers get started also guides experienced writers through blocks and difficulties of all kinds.
Organized according to a practical timeline, Out of Silence, Sound. Out of Nothing, Something. elucidates the process of writing from beginning to end, presenting an approach that is similar to the practice of meditation as it encourages and enlarges the mind’s intrinsic capacity for creativity. An autobiographical account, a sometimes humorous, at times moving essay called “How I Learned to Write” is threaded throughout the book.
Susan Griffin has written over twenty-two books, including nonfiction, poetry, and plays. A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a New York Times Notable book. Woman and Nature, considered a classic of environmental writing, is credited for inspiring the ecofeminist movement. She and her work have been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emmy, and the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement & Service, among other honors. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nina Wise, performance artist, writer and educator has devoted her career to developing art that addresses the complex relationship between body, intellect, and spirit. She is the founder of Motion Theater®, a form of autobiographical improvisation. Her original works, performed in prestigious venues in the US, South America, Europe and Asia have won awards for playwriting, innovative design, and new theater including three NEA fellowships. She is the writer/director of The Kepler Story (www.thekeplerstory.org), an immersive live theater work about 17th Century astronomer and mystic Johannes Kepler designed for planetarium domes, which premiered at the California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium . Nina is also the author of A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life (Broadway Books), and many of her shorter written pieces have appeared in magazines. literary journals and anthologies. A longtime practitioner of Buddhist meditation, she also teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and other centers.
Susan Griffin photo courtesy of Irene Young; Nina Wise photo courtesy of the author