A Ohio University Press Book

Lit from Within
Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing

Edited by Kevin Haworth and Dinty W. Moore

A Choice Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2010-11. • Ranked “Outstanding” in the 2012 University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries listing.

“This collection of 15 essays, written by literary luminaries such as poet Billy Collins, novelist Francine Prose and nonfiction author Rick Bass, offers wonderful insight into the working habits of some of America's most celebrated authors…. Smart, concise and thought-provoking, this collection is a treasure for writers looking to improve their craft.”

The Writer

“The essays are detailed and sophisticated enough to appeal to writers, particularly novice writers, yet general enough to appeal to readers who are not necessarily writers.”

NewPages

“Reading Lit From Within reminded me of the best of the genre, including Anne Lamott's Bird By Bird, Nancie Atwell's In the Middle and Stephen Koch's The Modern Library Writer's Workshop.

The Plain Dealer

“Representing widely diverse approaches, the result is a useful book containing a wealth of creative writing wisdom.”

Book News

Lit from Within offers creative writers a window into the minds of some of America’s most celebrated contemporary authors. Witty, direct, and thought–provoking, these essays offer something to creative writers of all backgrounds and experience. With contributions from fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers, this is a collection of unusual breadth and quality.

Contributors: Lee K. Abbott, Rick Bass, Claire Bateman, Charles Baxter, Ron Carlson, Billy Collins, Peter Ho Davies, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Robin Hemley, Tony Hoagland, David Kirby, Maggie Nelson, Francine Prose, Mary Ruefle


Kevin Haworth's novel The Discontinuity of Small Things was winner of the Samuel Goldberg Prize for best Jewish fiction and finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Price. He teaches writing at Ohio University and serves as executive editor of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press.

Dinty W. Moore's memoir Between Panic & Desire was the winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. His other books include The Accidental Buddhist, Toothpick Men, and The Emperor’s Virtual Clothes. He is a professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • RON CARLSON
    The Wrong Answer
  • ROBIN HEMLEY
    Confessions of a Navel Gazer
  • FRANCINE PROSE
    Gesture
  • BILLY COLLINS
    The Myth of Craft
    Thoughts on the Writing of Poetry
  • PETER HO DAVIES
    Only Collect
    Something about the Short Story Collection
  • CHARLES BAXTER
    Stillness
  • DAVID KIRBY
    Thirteen Things I Hate about Poetry
  • CLAIRE BATEMAN
    Some Questions about Questions
  • STEPHEN DUNN
    The Poem, Its Buried Subject, and the Revisionist Reader
    Behind “The Guardian Angel”
  • LEE K. ABBOTT
    Thirteen Things about the Contemporary Short Story That Really Hack Me Off
  • TONY HOAGLAND
    Litany, Gamesmanship, and Representation
    Charting the Old to the New Poetry
  • MAGGIE NELSON
    All That Is the Case
    Some Thoughts on Fact in Nonfiction and Documentary Poetry
  • CARL DENNIS
    A Poem of Character
  • RICK BASS
    Good Fortune Befell Me
    Notes on the Writer/Editor Relationship
  • MARY RUEFLE
    Someone Reading a Book Is a Sign of Order in the World
  • Credits

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Release date: Feb. 2011
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Additional Praise for Lit from Within

“The pieces in Lit from Within can be laugh-out-loud funny or seriously contemplative; either way, they all contain nuggets of wisdom that will speak to anyone who sits down to write.”

Ohio Today