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The Writing Moment

A Practical Guide to Creating Poems

by (author) Daniel Scott Tysdal

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2013
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    Dec 2013
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This practical guide to composing original, evocative poetry explores all aspects of the writing process-including finding inspiration, organizing ideas on paper, revising first drafts, and sharing poems with others. Accessible and encouraging throughout, this invaluable resource helps beginner poets find their voice and master the tools of the trade.

About the author

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of two previous books of poetry, The Mourner's Book of Albums and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method, winner of the ReLit Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award, and the John V. Hicks Award. Tysdal's poems have also appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. His book The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems was recently published by Oxford University Press. He teaches English at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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Editorial Reviews

"The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems is a must-own book for both emerging and established poets. I would also recommend this book as a textbook choice for post-secondary creative writing courses." --Esther Griffin, PRISM International

"A key strength of this book is its promotion of an experiential foundation for recognizing and exploiting a range of poetic possibilities in an accessible and encouraging manner appropriate for the beginning poet." --Struan Sinclair, University of Manitoba

"The 'Writing Moment' exercises are unique and interesting-it's easy to see why the author's students produce such rich and original poems." --Triny Finlay, University of New Brunswick

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