Posts Tagged ‘Danell Jones’

“Reflections West,” a weekly show on Montana Public Radio, pairs writer Danell Jones’ observations about living in the West with adanell-jones-book literary passage from Orlando. Listen to her musings at Year 3: Episode 68 via the Reflections West website.

Jones is a teacher, writer, scholar and editor who teaches creative writing and literature courses in Billings, Montana. She conducts writing workshops based on her book: The Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing.

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The blogger at sub rosa plans “to spend 2012 in companion with Virginia Woolf” in an effort to become a better writer. She chose Woolf because of her brilliant writing as well as her ability to speak with wisdom about practical things.


The Woolf works included in sub rosa’s 2012 bibliography list are A Room of One’s Own, Three Guineas, To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway and Moments of Being.

This week, sub rosa posted a piece about Alexandra Harris’s biography of Woolf. The post, “Woolf & the Ramsays,” includes musings about Woolf’s relationship to her parents and to her different selves.

Of course, sub rosa is not the first to recognize Woolf’s expertise as a writing mentor and life advisor. Danell Jones wrote the book on that topic — The Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing. Read more about that here: Take a writing workshop from Virginia.

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Here are some Virginia Woolf sightings recently shared by members of the VWoolf Listserv:

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danell-jones-bookLast night I spent several hours in a writing workshop. It was wonderful. How could it be anything else? The instructor was Virginia Woolf.

I found Woolf’s lessons on writing inside the covers of the charming book by Danell Jones called The Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing.

Jones combed Woolf’s diaries, letters, essays and novels to pull together the author’s best advice about writing. Woolf then delivers this advice in a setting Jones imagines — at an imaginary podium in front of a room full of eager students in a writing workshop. Actual quotes from Woolf are connected by Jones’s own words, but all stay true to what we know and love about Woolf.

This is a little gem of a book that delivers big on its promise to “inspire great writing.” It includes chapters on practicing, working, creating, walking (Yes, walking! After all this is Woolf we are talking about.), reading, publishing and doubting.

And each chapter ends with what Jones calls “Writing Sparks” to inspire hands-on practice. There are more of these at the end of the book as well.

Whether you are a writer, a reader, a teacher or just a Woolf fan, this is a sweet little book to own.

Read a more extensive review here and an excerpt here. You can also read an interview with the author.

The Fall/Winter 2008 issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany also has a review of the book, as does the January 2009 issue of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin.

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