Oates stresses that writing when done well, like any other artistic endeavor, is a craft.
This would also be very helpful in a "Continuing Education" program, possibly associated with a local community center, library or community college.
Many times, I looked up from what she was describing and thought 'Yes...that's exactly what I feel.'
JCO offers unique insights into the creative process and her own personal love affair (with all the attendant feelings) with writing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Avid reader
As a widely-published, but largely self-taught writer, I collect and study books on the craft. My library is fairly extensive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John L. Moore
It's like taking a course with JCO! So many insights, ideas, commentaries on the great writers of our time. I love it and hope it will help me refine my own work.Published 4 months ago by Margaret
The books came on time. I had reserved the book from the library but wanted to own it. One for me and one as a gift.Published 7 months ago by trish
JCO does her thing ... in this case offering her experiences about how to become an engaged writer; what it means to put your visions into language. No one does it better. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Trineman
As someone who is trying his hand at writing fiction for the first time I was relieved to learn from Ms. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sugafoot
"Art," writes Joyce Carol Oates, "is the highest expression of the human spirit." And while humankind has often struggled to express why it is that art is so very necessary to our... Read morePublished on September 13, 2008 by Zinta Aistars
Joyce Carol Oates created a wonderful insight to her literary world. I'm a big fan of Ms. Oates and it was a special treat for me to read about her writing process and her love for... Read morePublished on August 16, 2007 by Kim Marcus
I thought this memoir of Joyce Carol Oates life and career was just a wonderful piece of literature. The twelve essays were given in such a way that I could easy understand. Read morePublished on August 9, 2007 by Kathy Dawson