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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738714577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738714578
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This is a must have for any Tarotist interested in writing--from journaling for his or herself to writing a book--or any writer interested in using Tarot as a tool to unlock his or her imagination."--Tarot Reflections --February 2009

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"Kenner does an excellent job in teaching tarot and exciting writers to experiment with a tarot deck. Get this book if you're a writer curious about the tarot and how it can help with your writing."--D.I.Y. Planner

More About the Author

Corrine Kenner specializes in bringing metaphysical subjects down to earth.

She has written more than a dozen books, including Tarot and Astrology, Tarot for Writers, Astrology for Writers, and Tarot Journaling. She's also the creator of The Wizards Tarot and The Epicurean Tarot, and she's the co-creator of The Tarot of Physics.

Much of her work has been translated for a worldwide audience: her books and decks are available in Chinese, French, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.

A former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, Kenner has also edited five anthologies and several astrological publications, including Llewellyn's Astrological Calendar, Daily Planetary Guide, and Sun Sign Book.

Corrine was raised on a family farm in North Dakota, close to the Canadian border in the central United States. She has lived in Brazil and Los Angeles, where she earned a degree in philosophy from California State University. She now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband Dan, a software developer. They have four daughters who range in age from 11 to 24.

You can find her website at www.corrinekenner.com.

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I anxiously waited for this book to be released and bought it the very day it came out.
LA Frost
Using the methods here in this book, I was able-- in 15 minutes-- come up with a chapter framework and the first few pages of that chapter based on one card.
Ruth Molenaar
Corrine's online Tarot for Writers meetup has helped me in my writing, and I'm so glad her book is finally in my hands.
Michelle Halpern

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2009
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"As a writer, you already know what it's like to hold the power of creation in your hands. With a few strokes of a pen, you can forge a universe or start a galaxy spinning in space. You can mold brave new worlds and planets, complete with mountains, plains, and seas. You can even establish nations and cities, and populate them with culture and history. Like a living god, you can determine the future of an alternate reality. When you hold a tarot deck in your hands, you have an additional tool at your disposal--on that can make your job as a creator infinitely more rewarding." - From Tarot for Writers

One of the go-to authors for making the cards incredibly accessible, lively Tarot author Corrine Kenner focuses her sparkling wit and breadth of knowledge on equipping writers with a handy tool for their creative endeavors in her newest book, Tarot for Writers.

From mapping out the Hero's Journey with Tarot to producing character profiles, busting through writer's block to constructing that all-important first line, Tarot for Writers serves as both an introductory lesson in fiction writing and a first-rate primer on the cards, especially since Kenner provides detailed information on all 78 cards in the second half of this 358-page book.

With literally hundreds of practice exercises, writing prompts, and helpful lists accompanied by black-and-white card images, Tarot for Writers is the only book on the market showing how the mysterious imagery and symbolism of the cards can be applied to conflict (inciting and resolution), characterization, dialogue, description, metaphor, pacing, scenery, introducing unpredictable elements and so much more.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Richard Szponder on January 22, 2011
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When I first saw that someone had written a book about Tarot specifically for writers, I was so excited. What an amazing concept! Of course Tarot cards would be an excellent way to help generate exciting plotlines, interesting characters, and fascinating life situations! After all, the Tarot is the story of the Fool's journey to spiritual enlightenment and the interesting "characters" he encounters along the way. Although Tarot For Writers does contain good information and some interesting interpretations of the cards, it does not live up to its promises to "kick-start your creativity."

Tarot For Writers opens with a very generic history of the Tarot, a few pages on the basics of reading Tarot cards, and some simple spreads to lay out and interpret the cards. For those new to Tarot, this is hardly comprehensive, as the entire section covers only about 30 pages of the book. However, for those looking to use the cards for nothing more than a bit of writing inspiration, this may be sufficient.

My biggest complaint overall is that although this book is titled Tarot For Writers, the actual section devoted to using cards in writing practice (what the author refers to as "the real heart of the book") covers less than 100 pages of this 350 page book. Corrine Kenner does go into basic use of Tarot cards to help create characters and storylines along with setting and description, but these chapters run about 10 pages each and barely skim the surface of all the possible methods through which the cards could be used to help writers. In the early chapters, the author makes some bold promises that are not kept. Directly, she states, "You'll even explore ways to boost your success at editing, revising, and promoting your work.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By LA Frost on February 20, 2009
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Most people think of tarot cards as a fortune-telling device--but they're also an excellent tool for writing and creative thinking. Writers from John Steinbeck to Stephen King have used tarot cards for inspiration, and novelist Italo Calvino went so far as to call the tarot "a machine for writing stories."

With Tarot for Writers, you'll discover how an ordinary deck of tarot cards can help you break through writer's block, generate story ideas, and develop multi-faceted characters and plots. You'll also learn how tarot cards can help you hone your dialogues and descriptions, whether you're generating new material or breathing new life into a project you've already begun.

Tarot for Writers will guide you through every stage of a writing project, from conception to execution, and later through the rewriting and editing process. You'll even learn how tarot cards can help you market, publicize, and promote your work.

I anxiously waited for this book to be released and bought it the very day it came out. That's not something I usually do. It was due in part to intrigue: I have a tarot deck at home that I am learning about and was curious about this new use for; but mostly to try something new to aid me in my quest for writing a book of my own.

I rushed home with it, got my hot cup of coffee, my blanket, a notebook, my tarot cards and my dog and dug in. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I can say that this book contained a lot more than I thought it would. What an invaluable resource for writers, and a great resource for those just wanting to learn more about the tarot cards themselves!

Corrine Kenner sets out, very simply and thoroughly, how to use one card at a time to develop a story.
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