What Writers Do

What Writers DoWhat Writers Do, with its behind the scenes look at the craft of writing, celebrates the series that continues to connect great writers with delighted readers. For more than 20 years the Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University has championed great writers --  both established and emerging. Rand Brandes, series founder and editor, and Anthony Abbott, this volume's editor, have brought together some of the series' most beloved and memorable writers to form a collection that includes: new prose by Bret Lott, Mark Powell and Dori Sanders; new poems by Sharon Olds, Fred Chappell and Billy Collins; and classic memoir excerpts by the likes of John Updike, Reynolds Price and Frank McCourt. More than words, this volume also features photographs of the writers and where they work.

244 pages. Retail price $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-9826171-7-5


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What Writers Do - Contributors


Advance praise for What Writers Do:


"What Writers Do" is a fascinating account of what goes on in the minds of an astonishing array of storytellers across the literary spectrum. No library is complete without it. Its unique format brings writers into your home like few other publications can. (Lenoir-Rhyne University's Visiting Writers Series gets an A plus from this writer. They make writers feel like rock stars!)

-David Baldacci, Bestselling novelist, author of "Absolute Power" and "One Summer"


Anyone who loves to read will want to own this collection documenting Lenoir-Rhyne University's remarkable Visiting Writers Series. From Julia Alvarez's explanation about why her haiku-a-month project failed to Abigail DeWitt's confession that all her characters are versions of herself, this book is a treasure trove.

-Shannon Ravenel, Co-founder, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill


"Who are you, really?" is the question I always want to ask my favorite writers. So "What Writers Do" has quickly become one of my favorites. Tony Abbott and Rand Brandes have persuaded an amazing group of authors to share writings about their life-changing times. Each does it a different way, each opening a different door for us, each giving a personal look into a different world, each look a special experience for the reader.

-DG Martin, Host of UNC-TV's "North Carolina Bookwatch"


About the Editors:

Dr. Rand BrandesRand Brandes, Lenoir-Rhyne University's Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English, is the founder and Director of the Visiting Writers Series. A recipient of two Senior Fulbright Fellowships to work with Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney in Dublin, Brandes has published widely in Modern and Contemporary British and Irish Poetry.



Anthony AbbotOriginally from San Francisco, Anthony S. Abbott received his A.B. from Princeton, and Ph.D. from Harvard. Former chair of the English Depar tment at Davidson College, he is now the Charles A. Dana Professor of English Emeritus. He has authored four critical studies, two novels and five books of poetry, including the Pulitzer-nominated The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat.



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Visiting Writers Series

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William Stribling
Marlon James
Sarah Vowell
Marie Howe
Leslie Rindoks
Denise Kiernan
Dwayne Betts
Erik Larson
Dan Santat


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