First We Read Then We Write

“There is then creative reading as well as creative writing,” Emerson says in “The American Scholar.” “First we eat, then we beget; first we read, then we write.” Reading is creative for Emerson; it is also active.

Author: Robert D. Richardson

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587298424

Category: Reference

Page: 111

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Writing was the central passion of Emerson’s life. While his thoughts on the craft are well developed in “The Poet,” “The American Scholar,” Nature, “Goethe,” and “Persian Poetry,” less well known are the many pages in his private journals devoted to the relationship between writing and reading. Here, for the first time, is the Concord Sage’s energetic, exuberant, and unconventional advice on the idea of writing, focused and distilled by the preeminent Emerson biographer at work today. Emerson advised that “the way to write is to throw your body at the mark when your arrows are spent.” First We Read, Then We Write contains numerous such surprises—from “every word we speak is million-faced” to “talent alone cannot make a writer”—but it is no mere collection of aphorisms and exhortations. Instead, in Robert Richardson’s hands, the biographical and historical context in which Emerson worked becomes clear. Emerson’s advice grew from his personal experience; in practically every moment of his adult life he was either preparing to write, trying to write, or writing. Richardson shows us an Emerson who is no granite bust but instead is a fully fleshed, creative person disarmingly willing to confront his own failures. Emerson urges his readers to try anything—strategies, tricks, makeshifts—speaking not only of the nuts and bolts of writing but also of the grain and sinew of his determination. Whether a writer by trade or a novice, every reader will find something to treasure in this volume. Fearlessly wrestling with “the birthing stage of art,” Emerson’s counsel on being a reader and writer will be read and reread for years to come.

Annual Report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

I write : 1 + 1 = . Read what I have written . One and one is . How much is one and one ? Two . What figure must I write at the end ? A two . 1 + 1 = 2 . You may now write the same on your slates . II . SUBTRACTION.— I write the figure ...

Author: California. State Department of Education


ISBN: OSU:32435063380620

Category: Education

Page: 376

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The Write to Read

At this point in the year, I alternate reading workshop with writing workshop; therefore, one of the elements I want readers to notice in their texts is author's craft. We read when we write, and my goal is to have readers notice ...

Author: Lesley Roessing

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781452273730

Category: Education

Page: 200

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Use reader response strategies to help students build understanding of complex literary and informational text, and provide supporting evidence in their writing—all goals of the Common Core.

Your Story

This book shows how to write from your life, but for the benefit of others. Each human life is unique, and the meaning we each make from our joys and suffering can, if written with a reader in mind, be an act of generosity and sharing.

Author: Joanne Fedler

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401954314

Category: Self-Help

Page: 265

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We either think our lives are so special that everyone should be interested in what’s happened to us, or so ordinary that we can’t imagine anyone would care. The truth lies somewhere in between: yes, we are all special, and no, people will notcare—unless we write with them in mind. Joanne Fedler, a beloved writing teacher and mentor, has written Your Story to help all people, even those who don’t necessarily identify as "writers," value their life stories and write them in such a way that they transcend the personal and speak into a universal story. This book shows how to write from your life, but for the benefit of others. Each human life is unique, and the meaning we each make from our joys and suffering can, if written with a reader in mind, be an act of generosity and sharing. Filled with practical wisdom and tools, the book tackles: •mindset issues that prevent us from writing •ways to develop trust (in yourself, the process, the mystery) •triggers or prompts to elicit our own stories •Joanne’s original techniques for "lifewriting" developed over a decade of teaching and mentoring •and much more "Joanne understands the writer’s loneliness," says one such writer whose life she’s touched, the award-winning Israeli author Nava Semel. "In this book she has created a menu of encouraging possibilities on how to overcome our fears and dig deep into our souls, so that our true voice can emerge."


WRITE;. TO. LEARN. DEBBIE. EMBREY. Speaking for myself, I used to read a 270 to 360-page novel within 3 days. I lived to read just ... No matter how many stories or poems we write, we should take time out for a good book. The book(s) we ...



ISBN: 9780359898251


Page: 69

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Ollendorff s New Method of Learning to Read Write and Speak the French Language and Numerous Corrections Additions and Improvements Suitable for this Country

149 more than they , but the Russians read ( of them ) more than we , and the Prussians read the most . - Why do they read the most ? Because they wish to be the most learned . - Do the merchants sell moro sugar than coffee ?

Author: Heinrich Gottfried Ollendorff


ISBN: NYPL:33433070239862

Category: French language

Page: 618

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