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Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk

Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different

Chuck Palahniuk

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Imprint: Corsair
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 9 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781472155511

Renowned, bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk takes us behind the scenes of the writing life, with postcards from decades on the road and incredible examination of the power of fiction and the art of storytelling.

2 stars out of 5
24 Jan 2020

"reads more like a cash-grab than a well-intentioned teaching guide"

One inspiration for this new handbook, we’re told, is the author’s “memory of The Worst Writing Workshop Ever”, which cost participants “several thousand dollars, payable weeks in advance”, and yielded little in practical advice or material benefits. Our guide presents himself as an affable foil to the racketeering, workshop-leading “Editor to the Stars”. He is, it’s implied, a man of the people, out to democratise the practise of creative writing. Maybe it’s cynical, but I had a tough time believing in the altruism of his motives. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a book which places so much emphasis on the marketability of literature, Consider This reads more like a cash-grab than a well-intentioned teaching guide.

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