In the past, it was not uncommon for an apprentice to learn from a master.
Writing is no different. New writers often look to the greats of the past and present for inspiration, advice and confidence as they learn to write.
In 2008, Danell Jones published Virginia Woolf Writer’s Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing. Drawing from the work and life of the late and great Virginia Woolf, Ms. Jones imagines what a modern writers workshop might be like with Virginia Woolf as the teacher.
What I enjoyed about the book was not only the realistic element of a writers workshop (I’ve attended several in the past), but the method that the author imagines that Virginia Woolf might use to teach beginning writers.
I also appreciated the prompts in the back of the book. Writing, especially when one is starting out can feel very intimidating. The though of attempting to write the next great novel, play or film is often enough to keep some people from writing all together. Sometimes all we need to begin is that spark of an idea. Like all writers, Virginia Woolf did not start out as a legendary best seller. She had to learn her craft and, as we all do from time to time, make a few mistakes along the way.
I recommend it.