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Writing Brave & Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing


reviewed by Dave Iasevoli - April 14, 2006

coverTitle: Writing Brave & Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing
Author(s): Ted Kooser & Steve Cox
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln
ISBN: 0803278322, Pages: 177, Year: 2006
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Ted Kooser, our nation’s Poet Laureate since 2004—and the first from the Great Plains—has put together a manual for aspiring writers with Steve Cox, an editor and publisher. They have collaborated to produce a gentle guidebook for “older” writers—those who may have already lived full lives and who have been intimidated by various aspects of the writing world but who also think they are ready to write. As the book’s subtitle suggests, the authors adopt a supportive tone throughout. They serve as cheerleaders for prospective writers. Unfortunately, this book adds little to the discourse of popular writing manuals. Kooser and Cox structured their book into exceedingly brief chapters, usually two-to-three pages long, which are grouped into such sections as “Getting Started,” “You and Your Readers,” and “Revision and Getting Help.” They cite from a variety of other authors who have penned “how-to-write” books, such as Natalie Goldberg (1986), Anne Lamott (1994),... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 14, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12487, Date Accessed: 11/20/2019 7:17:56 PM

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  • Dave Iasevoli
    Teachers College
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    DAVE IASEVOLI is a member of the faculty of the English Education Program at Teachers College, where he earned his doctorate in 2003. His daughter is finishing public high school in New York City. Last year, he edited a collection of oral histories, Killing the Sky, from Rikers Island inmates whom he taught. His research interests include teaching poetry, alternative literacies, and higher education for the incarcerated.
 
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