Acetylene Torch Songs: Writing True Stories to Ignite the Soul

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University of Nebraska Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.6 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Sue William Silverman is an award-winning memoirist, essayist, and poet of eight books, including Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction (made into a Lifetime TV movie) and How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences (Nebraska, 2020). She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
"This wonderful book is unique in my experience: writing advice not from Olympus but from a kind, wise, human guide who has learned how to translate her experience into art and who shows us how we can, too. Beginners and veteran writers alike have much to learn from Silverman."--Clifford Thompson, author of What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues
"Silverman reclaims and honors the disparaged term 'confessional, ' encouraging writers to use their passions, hauntings, and experiences as fuel for quality nonfiction. Snapping with bright fire, this new craft guide is also a guide for the soul: audacious, pulsing with life, and sure to inspire."--Sonya Huber, author of Voice First: A Writer's Manifesto
"Acetylene Torch Songs is precisely what you'd expect from the wondrous Sue William Silverman. This is no mere manual but an essential lodestar for artists of nonfiction, a book with a vision that will be a game-changer for writers who wish to do as Silverman herself does so well: to daringly reveal the ecstasies and darknesses that dwell at the hub of us."--William Giraldi, author of The Hero's Body and American Audacity
"Sue William Silverman's Acetylene Torch Songs is a gift for creative nonfiction writers, and a guiding light: offering a holistic and hands-on approach to writing our memories, our obsessions, and ourselves. This is a gorgeous book of body and mind, of heart and soul. In the truest sense it's also a torch: one we might carry with us as we write, as we dig into the dark corners of our lives, making our stories burn bright."--Melissa Faliveno, author of Tomboyland