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The Soul of Place: A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci Paperback – Illustrated, 1 September 2015
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About the Author
Tennessee-born Linda Lappin, novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer, is the author of three novels, The Etruscan (Wynkin de Worde, 2004), Katherine’s Wish (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2008) and Signatures in Stone: A Bomarzo Mystery (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013), winner of the 2014 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense Writing. Upcoming projects include a memoir, Postcards from a Tuscan Interior, sections of which won a Solas Award from Travelers’ Tales, and Missing Madonna in Montparnasse, a novel about the life of Jeanne Hébuterne. 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). She lives in Rome.
- Publisher : Travelers Tales; Illustrated edition (1 September 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 160952103X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1609521035
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.03 x 18.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 418,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is one of the books that is partially devoured, put down, to be often revisited. It is one of those five-star books written for writers, but useful to non-writers; it treats an aspect of literature that has become increasingly appreciated by a diverse audience around the world, composed of readers, writers, dreamers, travellers, diarists, film-makers (very much so). It is a workbook, organizing projects and exercises that we can select at random, and re-create when we like.
On the back cover, we read “Electrify Your Writing Through the Mysterious Power of Place”, which she names Genius Loci, that essence that makes a there there, a place (imaginary or real, for the writer and readers) that’s encapsulated or coded to a place both inside and outside of linear time.
Linda Lappin studied at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and I had the opportunity to study poetry with her. She was a natural, an excellent teacher and this book is a logical step in her career. It’s a credit to years of hard work and publishing career that Lappin has opened even more doors to the “imaginaire” in this paperback jewel for me than she did in that poetry class of long ago. Her exercises ask us to dive deep into our own sense of nuance, the might of a noun, drawing our attention to the fact mythological, legendary, historical, literary precursors strength our sense of place now. Bring it to a tired manuscript in need of that breath of fresh air.
And if you are not writing now, invest in this and enjoy the enriching of your own daily experiences, in your own life narrative. Instructions will introduce you to exercises that include, say (I don’t want to give much away here) a history of a room in a specified house; walking and writing; symbolism within view or ear shot, places that don’t exist or have disappeared, what your dream-stuff is filled with –aspirational or REM-sleeping dreams. The Soul of a Place has a safe place on my bookshelves: a resource I open up where I discover new methods, hone skills and recharge the dynamics of the creative process.
If you are a place-conscious writer, rejoice because this book will have you jumping up and down. If you aren’t a place-conscious writer, maybe you should be. By understanding the value place in fiction (and nonfiction), many writing problems can be resolved. Years ago I figured out that my work begins in place, that my characters grow from place. Place, as defined by Lappin, is much more than setting or background. It is genius loci, or “spirit of place.” Her book is also a workbook on personal geography. Many of us are hungry for place and don’t even realize it.
The Soul of Place is divided into five meaty chapters: “Reading the Landscape,” “Places Sacred and Profane—Pilgrims and Flaneurs,” “The House of the Self,” “Eating the Soul of Place—Food Writing,” “Submerged Territories—Writing and the Unconscious.” Each section within a chapter has thought-provoking exercises and a bibliography and every chapter ends with “Final Projects,” even more exercises and projects. The reading lists alone sent me flying to my library.
Whether you are a world-traveler or have never left your county, The Soul of Place will take you on a journey. Although the book is aimed at writers, artists of every stripe can benefit. I’m also a photographer and have marked projects where I’ll use my camera as well as my pen.
As a writer, writing teacher, and someone who wonders where she is in this world, I can’t wait to work through the book, chapter by chapter, exercise by exercise. Because of Lappin’s accessible style, I’ll take the book with me everywhere as inspiration, as a mentor, as a companion.