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Dear Writer Revisited – ebook


Carmel Bird

‘This is a classic account of how to write. I know of nothing that equals it.’ –Peter Craven

This book about writing and the imagination is essential reading for any writer, emerging or experienced. Re-released with new material and updated advice for the 21st century writer.

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‘I first read Dear Writer as a nervy, secretive scribbler-in-journals 20 years ago. Reading this revised version I’m struck again by its practical generosity on technical matters – but am also inspired by the deeper, more complex conversations I think I missed in those early readings: about courage, about the urgency and mystery and self-discovery of the writing process. Dear Writer Revisited may masquerade – convincingly – as a book for beginners, but its lessons are mature and wise.’
—Charlotte Wood, The Writer’s Room Interviews

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Dennis Jones & Associates

About the author:

Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird is the 2016 winner of the Patrick White Literary Award. Carmel’s work spans forty years, and she has published thirty books. The most recent of her ten novels is Family Skeleton, and the most recent of her seven collections of stories is My Hearts Are Your Hearts. Carmel’s key work on memoir is Writing the Story of Your Life. Two of her anthologies, The Penguin Century of Australian Stories and The Stolen Children – Their Stories are also very popular. Carmel’s work is known for its lightness of touch, coupled with a seriousness of purpose, some of her concerns being the history of Australia’s First Peoples, reproductive technology, loss of species, lost children. Language, the construction of fiction, and book design are some of her key preoccupations.





Additional information




print, ebook, pdf


180 pp


133mm x 203 mm



Pub date:

Oct 2013