Readings for Writers: Pick of the Week 1/2/15

Every few weeks, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Amy Yelin recommends one of her favorite craft books. 

The Art of the Personal Essay by Philip Lopate.  My copy is worn and torn and marked with black pen throughout from referencing this book so much over the years! There is an excellent overview of the qualities of strong personal essays in the introduction. The rest of the book includes examples of personal essays starting with the pioneers of the form, such as Seneca and Montaigne, through modern personal essayists, including Joan Didion and Richard Selzer. This book is not to be missed if you want to improve your personal essay writing skills.

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About the Author

Amy Yelin’s essays and interviews have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Literary Mama, Brainchild Mag, Salon.com and other publications, including two anthologies. She’s the recipient of a Pushcart nomination, a notable essay mention in The Best American Essays (2007), a fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a scholarship from the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony. Amy is currently assistant nonfiction editor for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.

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