The Everyday Writer is one of the best texts on writing that any aspiring writer could hope to have on his or her desk. Today’s wise words come from its author, the distinguished essayist, editor and teacher, Andrea A. Lunsford.
“Writing surrounds us: it's not something we do just in school or on the job but something that is as familiar and everyday as a pair of worn sneakers or the air we breathe.”
Lunsford is a faculty member in two great writing venues, Stanford University, where she heads up the writing program, and at the annual Bread Loaf School of English near Middlebury, Vermont.
Robert Frost also liked to spend his summers teaching at the Bread Loaf School, which gets its name by virtue of its location – on Middlebury College’s mountain campus below Bread Loaf Mountain.
Great writing and great teaching about it – in literature, creative writing, and theater – has taken place there since 1920 using great tools developed by teachers like Lunsford, who has given us all the gift of writing through her marvelous text. Everyday Writer, by the way, is just one of 14 books this writing coach has written. Thanks to her, writing can, and does, surround us all.
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