Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Art. Here is the classic book, updated and re-issued for its tenth anniversary with a new Foreword by novelist Chuck Palahniuk, who writes: "This book has been in print forever because what it offers works for people...you're about to read magic."
Based on lectures given by acclaimed poet and critic David Biespiel at the Rainier Writers' Workshop, this book cracks open the creative process and invites readers to take a fresh look at the mysterious pathways of the imagination, with engaging insights from worlds as diverse as dance, art, competitive sports...and of course writing. Biespiel candidly tracks his own development as a writer and challenges traditional assumptions that can stifle creativity. The liberating message: Working past the brink of failure—being free to try and discard and try again—is what allows the creative process to playfully flourish, keeping the spirit open to unexpected discoveries. Both beginning and experienced writers—as well as anyone else on that "creative path"—will benefit from this elegant and surprising perspective based on methods developed exclusively at the Attic, the unique literary studio Biespiel founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1999. EVERY WRITER HAS A THOUSAND FACES will revolutionize the way readers look at their own creative process. It is a rich and rewarding book, a captivating glimpse into the inner life of writers and painters—and above all, a guide to a lifetime of discovery.
"Buoyant...unorthodox...A provocative and anti-intuitive manual for making fresh art."—Kirkus Reviews
"Does for the creative process what Strunk and White did for our approach to grammar and style. Indispensible."—Marjorie Sandor
"Finally, an anti-bullshit book on creativity!"—James Marcus
David Biespiel (pronounced buy-speel) is a contributing writer at American Poetry Review, New Republic, New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry, Politico, The Rumpus, and Slate. He is the author of six collections of poetry, three books of nonfiction, and is the editor of two anthologies. His most recent books include: Republic Café, published in 2019, The Education of a Young Poet, which was selected a Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers, A Long High Whistle, which received the Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction, and The Book of Men and Women, which was chosen for Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation and received the Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Recipient of Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, he was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Award. He is Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University, a core faculty member in the Rainier Writers Workshop MFA Program, and founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters.Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA