A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and by Barbara Abercrombie

By Barbara Abercrombie

During this number of anecdotes, classes, costs, and activates, writer and writing instructor Barbara Abercrombie presents a delightfully various cornucopia of concept — nuts-and-bolts recommendations, hand-holding commiseration, and epiphany-fueling insights from fellow writers, together with Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners and Abercrombie’s scholars who've long gone from paralyzed to released.

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