The Story I Want to Tell: Explorations in the Art of Writing

The Telling Room (Editor) Jonathan Lethem (Contribution by)
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The book's supplemental materials make it a perfect tool for writers' groups and writing teachers.

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Tilbury House Publishers
Publish Date
October 10, 2014
5.9 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.
Bill Roorbach is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend; Temple Stream; the bestselling Life Among Giants and Kirkus Prize finalist The Remedy for Love. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories, is used in writing programs around the world. His work has been published in The New York Times, Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals. He lives in western Maine with his wife, Juliet.
Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike's The Best American Short Stories of the Century, and in Jennifer Egan's The Best American Short Stories 2014. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She was the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.
MONICA WOOD is the author of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine and of the novel Any Bitter Thing, a national bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie's Ark and My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, and many other publications. Wood lives in Portland, Maine.
Dave Eggers, a former professional stundman, is the editor of McSweeney's and the author of the New York Times bestseller A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
Richard Blanco was selected by President Obama to be the fifth inaugural poet in history. He followed in the footsteps of poets like Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry and Great American Prose Poems. A builder of cities as well as poems, he is a professional civil engineer. He currently resides in Bethel, Maine, as well as Miami, Florida.


I had a blast working on this book. Where do I sign up for the next one?--Richard Russo
Connecting with a young fellow writer made me obey the single most important rule of creativity: always begin again.--Jaed Coffin
I've had such joy working with The Telling Room--they are such a wonderful resource for talented young readers and writers from all over the world. It was a delight to be part of this project.--Elizabeth Gilbert
The Story I Want to Tell is a powerful and riveting anthology. The student stories and poems--some by young immigrants from places as diverse and far away as Iraq and Sudan, and others by kids from around the block--are intensely moving, original, and beautiful, and they all share a raw urgency whose power is augmented by the apt, personal, sensitive responses of the older, more acclaimed writers they're paired with. These twinnings of younger and older writers, a call and response, accrue a mesmerizing storytelling rhythm that made me wish the book were twice as long.--Kate Christensen, author, The Epicure's Lament and The Great Man (PEN/Faulkner Award)