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Writer, December 2008
“A great introduction for those still wondering about how to start writing and get things down on the page so that they make sense.”

Blogcritics.org, 3/18/09
“If you enjoy writing but desire to go deeper, and be a better, more thoughtful writer, this guide will truly help you reach your core.”

About the Author

Susan M. Tiberghien is an American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. The author of three memoirs, she has also published widely in journals and anthologies. Tiberghien teaches and lectures at graduate programs, at C.G. Jung Centers, and at writers’ conferences in the U.S. and in Europe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (September 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940583
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, is the author of three memoirs--Looking for Gold, A Year in Jungian Analysis; Circling to the Center, A Woman's Encounter with Silent Prayer; Footsteps, A European Album---and the best-selling One Year to a Writing Life. Her narrative essays are widely published in journals and anthologies.

Her new book, Side by Side, Writing Your Love Stories, along with a new expanded edition of Footsteps, with new subtitle, In Love with a Frenchman, were published in early April by Red Lotus Studio Press.

Susan teaches creative writing at writers centers (Grub Street, Hudson Valley, Bethesda), writers conferences for the International Women's Writing Guild, and at CG Jung Institutes and Societies. She founded and directs the Geneva Writers Group and Conferences, teaching monthly workshops.

She recently celebrated 50 years of marriage to her French husband. Their six children, plus spouses,and fifteen grandkids were present! www.susantiberghien.com; www.genevawritersgroup.org

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150 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Keppel on September 17, 2007
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If you're mindful of how today's extreme pull on your time leaves little room for nurturing a creative life, this book offers a very grounded and realistic way in which to cultivate one. And it shows you how to do it in a way that's methodical, possible, and simple. As you reflect on the author's suggestions, you'll find yourself observing inwardly and outwardly and asking yourself more centered, elegant questions about your life's images and symbols. Susan Tiberghien's book allows those of us with only slivers, not swathes, of time to become full travelers on the inner safari. This is a book that offers a writing process of effective 10-minute sound bytes rather than a list of commands requiring an afternoon. What's more, it's just plain FUN without the feel of heavy lifting. I found myself wanting to go deeper and find the center when I tried focusing on only one image in the journal entry exercises. This is a book about mindfulness as much as it is about writing. Much praise and thanks for this book that makes writing so doable!
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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Jelena Bankovic on April 7, 2008
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This is a wonderful book. I have been using One Year to a Writing Life as a textbook this semester in my Creative Writing course. The book is very well conceived so my syllabus follows the twelve lessons, week by week, with extra weeks for longer in-class writing. The book provides clear guidance, great examples and it inspires! It inspires me to both teach and write and it inspires my students. Before I chose One Year to a Writing Life as a textbook for my class, I surveyed many texts that are on the market and not a single one comes close to this great book. Thank you, Ms. Tiberghien, for helping all of us who write and who teach writing. Jelena S. Bankovic, Ph.D.
Professor of English, Oakton College, Illinois
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful By L. Benton on February 8, 2009
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I had been working on a personal essay for a couple of weeks. As I rewrote it, I used the chapter on personal essays in One Year to a Writing Life as a check list, and saw my essay becoming richer as a result.

I submitted the essay to a publication whose submission information said they would take 4 - 6 weeks to get back to me. They accepted it within 12 minutes of receiving it!

I will be recommending this to my writers' group members.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Sapphire on July 3, 2008
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For the last seven months, since I suggested our writers' group work, learn & write our way through Susan Tiberghien's One Year To A Writing Life, our group's commitment has solidified with each chapter of her book. Each bi-weekly meeting finds the six of us (writers, poets, academics)gathered to read & review our exercises from each chapter, copies for all and with reference to Tiberghien's "text". Recently, as a response to the growth in our writing and our awareness of that growth, we have re-committed to returning to particular chapters so that we may explore them once more in even greater depth, based on both the pleasure of the process and our personal learnings as writers. As the convener of our group, I would suggest a group approach to One Year To A Writing Life is an ideal
process to apply to Susan Tiberghien's wise & illuminating guidance.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2008
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Susan M. Tiberghien draws upon her years of experience and expertise as a veteran writing instructor, writers' conference speaker, and graduate school lecturer in "One Year To A Writing Life: Twelve Lessons To Deepen Every Writer's Art And Craft". A gifted writer in her own right, Susan Tiberghien covers journal writing, personal essays; opinion and travel essays; short stories (included the 'Short-Short'); dreams and writing; dialogue; folklore, fairy tales, and contemporary tales; poetic prose and the 'Prose Poem'; memoirs and biography; rewriting; and more. Of special note are her chapters on 'The alchemy of Imagination' and 'Writing the Way Home'. Enhanced with a specialized bibliographies and a comprehensive index, " One Year To A Writing Life" is as informed and informative, as it is inspired and inspiring -- making it strongly recommended reading for all novice writers and aspiring authors.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Basira on December 17, 2011
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I learned more from this book than from years of writing classes. The author distills the essential elements of writing, from journal-inspired pieces to nonfiction to fiction to folktales to poetry. She writes in a very clear and helpful way. But - do not buy this on Kindle. You will regret it. It's the kind of book you need to flip between pages. Biggest problem: the Kindle version has an comprehensive index, but there are NO PAGE NUMBERS! I think the technology of the device has gotten ahead of designing texts for e-books. I could have paid less than a dollar more to get the paper version, which I will now wish I had.
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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful By J. Moore on July 4, 2011
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For example: location 903, she wants you to draw circles, but she calls it something else, and suggests putting an image in there and let it fill your mandala etc. and do other stuff with visualizations. In another location 913, she want you to have a conversation with another image, or have a dialog with your images and let them coach you or speak to you. There is other stuff in there about unconscious guiding you to patterns, and stuff about dreams, and labyrinths, and alchemy. This is really where it starts to enter the twilight zone for me.

I found the technical stuff on essays, and dialogue, etc., very helpful. However if I knew the whole book had this new-agey type overtone, I would not have bought it. Nevertheless I found it useful for the technical aspects of writing.
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