9781609521035

The Soul of Place A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci

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    9781609521035

  • ISBN10:

    160952103X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-07-14
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales

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Summary

In this engaging creative writing workbook, novelist and poet Linda Lappin presents a series of insightful exercises to help writers of all genres—literary travel writing, memoir, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction—discover imagery and inspiration in the places they love.

Lappin departs from the classical concept of the Genius Loci, the indwelling spirit residing in every landscape, house, city, or forest—to argue that by entering into contact with the unique energy and identity of a place, writers can access an inexhaustible source of creative power. The Soul of Place provides instruction on how to evoke that power.

The writing exercises are drawn from many fields—architecture, painting, cuisine, literature and literary criticism, geography and deep maps, Jungian psychology, fairy tales, mythology, theater and performance art, metaphysics—all of which offer surprising perspectives on our writing and may help us uncover raw materials for fiction, essays, and poetry hidden in our environment.

An essential resource book for the writer’s library, this book is ideal for creative writing courses, with stimulating exercises adaptable to all genres. For writers or travelers about to set out on a trip abroad, The Soul of Place is the perfect road trip companion, attuning our senses to a deeper awareness of place.

Author Biography

Tennessee-born Linda Lappin — novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer — is the author of three award-winning novels. Her first, The Etruscan (Wynkin de Worde, 2004), a tantalizing suspense tale set in Italy in the 1920s, placed second at the New York Book Festival and was short-listed for the 2011 Next Generation Indie Award. Her second, Katherine's Wish (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2008), based on the life of New Zealand writer, Katherine Mansfield, received the gold medal in historical fiction from the IPPY awards and was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award in fiction. Her third, Signatures in Stone, a Bomarzo Mystery, won the overall Daphne Du Maurier Award for excellence in mystery and suspense writing and placed first in the historical mystery category.

Her travel-related essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Rain Taxi, the Southwest Review, Writers Chronicle, the Writer Magazine, the St. Petersburg Times, the Australian journal TEXT, and elsewhere.
Upcoming projects include a memoir, Postcards from a Tuscan Interior, sections of which won a Solas Award from Travelers' Tales and were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently at work on a new Daphne Dublanc mystery, Melusine, set in the Italian village of Bolsena, another site of Etruscan legends.

She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and is a member of the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) and of the European Association for Creative Writing Programs (EACWP).

Table of Contents

FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION
GENIUS LOCI, OR THE SOUL OF PLACE
PART ONE: READING THE LANDSCAPE
PART TWO: THE SOUL OF PLACES SACRED AND PROFANE: PILGRIMS & FLANEURS
PART THREE: SOUL OF PLACE AND THE HOUSE OF THE SELF
PART FOUR: EATING THE SOUL OF PLACE: FOOD WRITING, SYNESTHESIA
PART FIVE: SUBMERGED TERRITORIES: WRITING AND THE UNCONSCIOUS
AFTERWORD

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