Pat’s New Book

from Oxford University Press

how the light

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About the new book:

Pat Schneider is one of America’s premier writing instructors. Her genius lies as much in her tenacity as in her talent, and in a wild incredible belief that there is a force in the universe, a ‘light’ if you will, that we—‘cracked’ though we may be—can emit if we work hard enough. How the Light Gets In effortlessly shows us how to do that often difficult work. If there is one book on writing or writers you can read this year, I emphatically recommend this one. — Sapphire, author of Push

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Pat's poem, Barry Moser's illustration. Proceeds to AWA outreach. For the text of the poem, click here. Or go straight to the bookstore.


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“Pat Schneider is a fuse lighter. Her work is gentle, playful, brilliant, and revolutionary. She is the real animal.”
~ Julia Cameron, author of The Right to Write and The Artist’s Way

“The wisest teacher of writing I know.”
~ Peter Elbow, from the Foreword to Writing Alone and With Others