Minding the Muse is a practical handbook for the artist or writer--highly experienced, aspiring, or somewhere in between. Long draws from her extensive background as a poet, writer, and master teacher
Minding the Muse is a practical handbook for the artist or writer--highly experienced, aspiring, or somewhere in between. Long draws from her extensive background as a poet, writer, and master teacher, but also gathers the insights and practices of a wide range of high-achieving artists, including mystery writer Raymond Chandler, choreographer Twyla Tharp, poet and performance artist Patti Smith, and the painter Joan Miró. Beginning with the first sparks of artistic creation--"Gathering, Hoarding, Conceptualizing"--Long moves through the various stages to "Completing Works" and "Poet as Peddler, Painter as Pusher: Marketing." Every creative worker will find something here to take to heart and into the studio or workroom.
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Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author and teacher of writing. Her work includes poetry, creative nonfictions, fictions, history, and science. Her most recent books are Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? and Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators. Her book of poems is Crossing Over: Poems(University of New Mexico Press, 2015). She is also author of The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Lifeand the scholarly history book Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry. Her work appears widely in literary journals and her awards include a National Magazine Award. She has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Jack Straw Productions Writer Fellows Program. She serves as Founding and Consulting Editor for historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. For more information please visit PriscillaLong.com and PriscillaLong.org.