Jump Start: How to Write From Everyday Life

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For years, Robert Wolf traveled around the Midwest and the South teaching small town folk, farmers, and homeless individuals to write about their lives through poems, essays and fiction. Through his own small publishing company, Free River Press, Wolf published these stories of the forgotten parts of America. In 1999, Oxford published an anthology of his students' works in a volume entitled American Mosaic: Poetry and Prose by Everyday Folk.
Now, we have Jump Start--a concise guide that offers Wolf's writing techniques from his Free River Press workshops across the country. Rooted in the oral tradition, Wolf's methods include storytelling, visualization, spontaneous prose composition, and sketching. Useful for both the individual and groups as well as for beginning or practiced writers, his concrete techniques are flexible enough to be applied towards any form (poetry, composition, non-fiction, plays, etc.). With the inclusion of writing samples from past workshop participants, Wolf's main emphasis is that people from all walks of life, even with no previous background in writing, may produce meaningful and memorable work.

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In many writing circles, talking about works-in-progress is taboo, as if doing so will somehow suck the life out of them. Hogwash, says Robert Wolf, whose book Jump Start was born out of 20 years of teaching writing as part of an oral tradition. Wolf encourages his students to talk through their pieces before writing them; he urges them to rewrite traditional texts afresh; he is keen on noncompetitive group writing. Anyone, says Wolf, "can produce good and meaningful work." He should know. His Free River Press was established to publish writings by the homeless. He then took it upon himself to teach workshops to and collect writings from people of varying regions and socio-economic backgrounds. The result was An American Mosaic, "America's collective autobiography, written primarily by people without literary ambition." Jump Start's many suggested exercises involve eavesdropping, "sketching" (with words), listening for patterns of speech, imitation, and learning to observe without judging. --Jane Steinberg

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Robert Wolf is Executive Director of the Free River Press. He is a writer and teacher who has lived and worked in many regions of the country and now runs private seminars and workshops. He is the author of An American Mosaic: Poetry and Prose by Everyday Folk (OUP, 1999). He lives near Lansing, Iowa.

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