A Braided Heart: Essays on Writing and Form (Writers On Writing) (Hardcover)

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A Braided Heart provides a friendly, personal, and smart guide to the writing life. It also offers clear and original instruction on craft elements at the forefront of today’s emerging forms in creative nonfiction: from the short-short, to the braided form, to the hermit crab essay. An acknowledged expert in these forms, Brenda Miller gives writers practical advice on how to sustain and invigorate their writing practice, while also encouraging readers to explore their own writing lives.

“Brenda Miller writes so beautifully in these lyrical and ‘braided’ essays—personal meditations that take us deep into the miracle of writing itself. Her eye is always alert, her ear wonderfully tuned to the nuances of perception. The art of the essay is alive and well in her hands.”
 —Jay Parini, author of Borges and Me

About the Author

Brenda Miller is Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

Praise For…

"Miller soars when she captures such personal, vivid details…solid and practical…aspiring writers will find some sound advice.”
Publishers Weekly
— Publishers Weekly

"In A Braided Heart, Brenda Miller delivers a master class on the composition and appreciation of autobiographical essays. ...It exemplifies as much as it teaches, citing everyone from Mark Doty to Virginia Woolf as it encourages readers to embrace a reflective mindset, drawing connections between life experiences and pinpointing moments of meaning." 
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— Shelf Awareness

"A Braided Heart is a pot of perfectly steeped tea with two cups. The book is a testament to the tensile strength of essay. No matter how the form is bent, so long as the writer remains in conversation, the connection maintains, this friendship through words." 
—Kelly K. Ferguson, Brevity 
— Kelly K. Ferguson
Product Details
ISBN: 9780472074921
ISBN-10: 047207492X
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: July 12th, 2021
Pages: 148
Language: English
Series: Writers On Writing