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Sands Hall’s love of the written word has inspired hundreds of her students, including many grateful published authors. 3 people found this helpful.

Sands Hall’s love of the written word has inspired hundreds of her students, including many grateful published authors. - Steve Susoyev, author of People Farm. Superbly practical, filled with terrific exercises, anecdotes and examples. Sands Hall is a beautiful writer and a brilliant teacher. - Max Byrd, author of Grant.

Sands Hall's experience as a writer, teacher, and actor are the perfect skills for this great writers' resource

Sands Hall's experience as a writer, teacher, and actor are the perfect skills for this great writers' resource. Sep 19, 2010 Jan rated it it was amazing. I'm finding this to be a really helpful book, especially in its exercises and insights to the process of writing.

Sands Hall (April 17, 1952) is an American writer, theatre director, actor, and musician. The daughter of novelist Oakley Hall, she was born in La Jolla, California, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of California, Irvine. She earned two Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Iowa, one in Theatre Arts and the second in Fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She also studied at the American Conservatory Theater Advanced Training Program.

An insightful and entertaining exploration of the tools every writer needs.

Select Format: Paperback. An insightful and entertaining exploration of the tools every writer needs. ISBN13: 9780972722575. Release Date: August 2005.

Whether it's books, songs, stories, Writing is what Sands does. Grateful to Amy Hassinger, author of the deeply satisfying novel, AFTER THE DAM, for inviting me to the University of Illinois as part of the Robert J. Carr Visiting Author Series.

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Sands Hall is a beautiful writer and a brilliant teacher. Reading this book is like learning how a juggler juggles. It will be invaluable for writers new and old, and for anyone giving or taking a writing workshop. Max ByrdAuthor of Grant. Sands Hall’s love of the written word has inspired hundreds of her students, including many grateful published author. . Steve SusoyeyAuthor of People Farm. Lynn FreedAuthor of The Curse of the Appropriate.

An insightful and entertaining exploration of the tools every writer needs.

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Reviewed by C. J. Singh (Berkeley, CA)
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In the opening pages, "Making Workshops Work," Sands Hall offers tips on giving optimal feedback as well as responding to mixed feedback on your own manuscript. "A valuable resonance to keep in mind when your head is reeling at the end of a workshop" is that "the Sanskrit root of the verb to judge means to separate the wheat from the chaff" (p 11). This section also appears in Writer's Workshop in a Book: The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction, edited by Alan Cheuse and Lisa Alvarez. Sands Hall is a longtime teacher at Squaw Valley Conference as well as the University of Iowa's Writers' Summer Festival.

On page 15: "Some authors maintain that they are not interested in theme, or that if there is one, it is not `purposeful': this is disingenuous. I admire Hall's bold assertion on theme -- it contrasts with Janet Burroway's equivocation in her widely used textbook in college courses Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (8th Edition). (See my review on amazon.)

In the section on "Some Essentials," Hall explains the familiar telling-showing, simile-metaphor, and summary-scene distinctions. This section introduces some of the 25 exercises included at the end of the book, exercises that greatly enhance its self-teaching features.

The most detailed and sophisticated discussion is in the section "Point of View," constituting nearly a third of the 266-page text. Toward the end of this section, Hall briefly includes her own Colonial Theory of Point of View: "It has occurred to me that British writers, both canonical and contemporary, seem to have an especial ability with the omniscient perspective." She suggests that this arose from British world-wide hegemony that began in the sixteenth century. In contrast, American authors often chose a first-person or a close third-person point of view from their urge to "disconnect" from Europe. After World War I, as America began to achieve global hegemony, American authors are increasingly preferring omniscient point of view. Hall graciously adds: "There are no doubt myriad explanations besides this limited and mostly amusing notion" (p 173).

Throughout the book, Hall incorporates brief quotes from the works of writers like Margaret Atwood, Raymond Carver, Jennifer Egan, John Fowles, David Guterson, Oakley Hall, Joyce Carl Oates, Alice Seybold, Anne Tyler and sixty other contemporary as well as classic. The detailed index, 15-pages long, makes it easy to locate these quotations.

Despite its occasional lapses in copyediting, this excellent book on the writer's craft merits five shining stars.
Urllet
Written with wisdom gained from years of experience as a writer and teacher. This book is full of practical advice and exercises that work.
Enalonasa
If you're serious about improving your writing, this is the book for you. Sands has included exercises at the end that enhance the examples she has at the beginning of the book. She gives solid solutions using the techniques she describes - very helpful! If you aren't a writer she gives you ways to get more meaning out of your reading. Actually, you could easily get more meaning out of theater that you enjoy or movies or...! This book should be on every literate person's bookshelf.
Peras
I've taken a class here and there, read a little bit on the subject, but nothing has come close to the craft of writing like this book. The author gets right into the heart of what makes the written word fly off the page and into the readers imagination. The book is broken up into easily digestible chapters and she sites numerous examples to back up her opinions.

The book is definitely about craft and not the fundamentals of writing which, is good if your looking to get past the basics. The narrative is quite laid back and doesn't try to get overly high-brow with the topic.

After reading it, I have a greater appreciation for all that goes into crafting a story. And too, I can look at novels or short stories with a greater understanding and more critical eye, which helps to appreciate the reading even more.

Overall, I was very happy and feel I've been let in on some great secrets for contemporary writing.
Darkshaper
havent had time to digest it completely-hoping it will give me hints in writing my book
GYBYXOH
Excellent book and I had prompt delivery of this book.
Fani
This book is an excellent tool to help writer's improve their skills.
As both a writer and a teacher, I turn to Sands Hall's "Tools of the Writer's Craft" over and over again. It is crisp, funny, precise, easy to navigate, and a joy to pass on to my students.
Tools of the Writers Craft download epub
Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Sands Hall
ISBN: 0972722572
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Language: English
Publisher: Moving Finger Press; 2nd edition (August 7, 2005)
Pages: 298 pages