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A Writer's Tool Kit
By Carroll Dale Short
New South Books, 2001
Trade Paper, $15.95 (174pp)
ISBN: 1-58838-045-9

Carroll Dale Short has condensed twenty-five years' worth of writing and teaching experience into twelve lessons for novice writers in A Writer's Tool Kit. The author encourages the "user" to peruse, read chapters randomly, and be aware of the need for "self-education." 

Using writing samples from authors as diverse as Rick Bragg, Anne Lamott, E.B. White, and Shakespeare, Short offers tips on writing tighter and cleaner paragraphs, pages, chapters, and novels. Some of the lessons he's incorporated he's learned by "trial and error" and others he's learned from his own teachers. He generously dedicated this work to two of his most influential teachers -- Mrs. Pearl Huffman and Jesse Hill Ford. 

He wisely includes a list of his own favorite writing manuals and a discussion of the writing life. 

Praised by writing teachers, A Writer's Tool Kit has a companion website at:

Carol Dale Short, a novelist, journalist, humorist, and playwright, has won more than 150 awards for both fiction and nonfiction writing. He has taught writing seminars across the Southeast and throughout the United States. The winner of the grand prize in Redbook's first short-story competition, Short is also the author of the novel, The Shining Shining Path.


Pam Kingsbury
Southern Scribe Reviews


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