PRAISE FOR BARBARA’S TEACHING AND HOW TO BE A WRITER
"This is a wise, humane and practical book for anyone who wants to write; it guides the novice and re-awakens the veteran to processes and practices which can bring out the best writing in all of us."
—Emma Darwin, author of A Secret Alchemy, www.emmadarwin.com
"How To Be Writer is the writing coach you always wanted but never knew how to find. Distilling thirty years of writing and teaching, author Barbara Baig serves up substance and support in her own sparkling prose. Any writer in search of encouragement and inspiration needs only one notebook, one pen, and a copy of this book."
—Kate Whouley, author of Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved
“Barbara Baig is not afraid to go back to the basics, and in doing so, illuminates the writing process for both beginners and seasoned professionals. Her approach to writing as ‘practice and play’ makes good sense—and yet we've never heard it before. In strong, clear, humorous prose, Barbara teaches writers skills they can use right away to start making the writing process their own. I have used her ideas with my graduate and undergraduate students with great success, and her approach helped me reconnect with the writing process in a way I'd never learned before. Barbara's approach builds confidence because it's about doing. If you buy only one writing book, buy this one—it'll give you all the tools you need for your journey!"
—Janet Pocorobba, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Lesley University MFA Program in Creative Writing
“Barbara Baig’s passion for teaching writing infuses every lesson she offers. She demystifies the most complex writing techniques and makes them accessible to all writers. Her courses have been the most valuable learning experience of my MFA in Creative Writing. I cannot wait to buy a book which distills her knowledge and provides her writing exercises.”
—Lisa Robinson, M.D., Child Psychiatrist in private practice, Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
“Barbara is a wonderful and inspiring writing teacher, offering clear and helpful suggestions and enthusiastic support! Her techniques made me a better writer and a more confident minister, and will serve me well in this next phase of my life."
—Liz Walker, M.Div., host of Better Living on WCVB Television and former news anchor for CBS4 (WBZ-TV, Boston)
“I have been writing stories for children for many years and wrote many memoranda and briefs during my career as an attorney, but I didn't grasp the craft involved in creating powerful sentences until I took Barbara Baig's The Art of the Sentence course through the Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program. Barbara approached language not as a grammarian might, but as a writer must: as the stuff that we must master if we are to succeed in conveying our ideas and images to our readers. The class has been invaluable to my growth as a writer. I know that any guide to writing that Barbara authors will be a welcome and well thumbed addition to my bookshelf.”
—Laurie A. Jacobs, author, A Box of Candles (Boyds Mills Press 2005), Winner of the 2005 National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature
“Barbara Baig is that rare writing teacher who has a great deal to offer experienced writers as well as those new to the craft. She inspires students and gives them the tools to hone their craft-no matter what level they begin on. Barbara's given me a new way to think about writing as well as smart techniques for improving my craft and my voice. I use what I learned from Barbara just about every day, and I'm a happier and smarter writer for it."
—Karen Rafinski, award-winning medical and science journalist
“Barbara is a master of the art and science of teaching students how to communicate through writing. During her twenty years at HDS she has guided hundreds of students through the process of learning to write, showing them how to take existing research and their own thoughts and integrate the two on paper.”
—Susan Beth Dunton, former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Harvard Divinity School
"Barbara reaches past all of the 'you can't do that' rules and introduces you to a smorgasbord of what you can."
—Jan Nerenberg, graduate of Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing;
author, "Misako and the Dragons"
"Any writer, beginner or experienced author, will benefit from reading Barbara's book. An experienced teacher and writer herself, she sets out in clear, convincing words how the practice of writing can free up the writer within all of us. She shows how to develop the skills we need as writers, how to come up with content ideas, and how to effectively communicate those ideas to readers. Best of all, she takes the pressure off of writers to 'produce' a finished piece before we are ready. Instead, she invites us to enjoy the freedom of practicing writing in our own time and at our own pace, to learn how to collect the rich material we will need for whatever subject we choose, and to become comfortable in our relationship with our readers.
—Dorothy Stephens, author Kwa Heri Means Good-bye: a memoir of Kenya
“I LOVED this class! Barbara turned on my writer’s brain. Now I see things around me like snapshots of a story waiting to be told.”
—Bonnie S., flight attendant
“Barbara’s workshop, The Practice of Writing, was one of the best taught and most helpful courses I have ever taken anywhere, on any subject.”
—Larry A., lawyer
“I have had MANY writing teachers. Barbara is by far the best. She allowed me to rediscover that I have both the passion and the discipline to write. I have been particularly grateful for the nonjudgmental, accepting environment in her classes. Even at its best—when writing is the most fun— it can sometimes be scary. The environment Barbara created in class banished the fear and left me free to explore more in my writing.”
—Kathleen C., social worker
“Barbara’s class made my imagination come alive after years of dormancy.”
"Barbara instills understanding on an unconscious level—building writing muscles through repetitions of focused practice, the way a dancer masters complicated movements through targeted exercises.The combination of clear and thought-provoking content, and her technique of repeated practice insures a productive working knowledge for the writer."
—Marjorie Moon, graduate of Lesley University's MFA Program in Creative Writing
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