Dorothy Wall, Writer, Writing Coach
Dorothy Wall, M.A., has been active in the Bay Area writing community for over 30 years as a writer, writing teacher and writing consultant. A poet and essayist, she is the author of three books, and has taught poetry and fiction writing at San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley Extension and Napa Valley College.
In this collection, culled from 30 years, are desire, illness, loss, grandchildren, whimsy, grief, and always "the necessity of seeing." Clear-eyed, precise, evocative, these poems confront the radiant promise of the world and the limits of each small life, where "to continue is what matters, the daily, graceful stumbling."
"Dorothy Wall's pen leaves nothing unturned, unexamined–joy and grief receive the same scrutiny."
~ Stewart Florsheim, A Split Second of Light
"This body of work...deserves to be read over and over."
~ Andrena Zawinski, Something About, Oakland PEN Award recipient
"A master poet."
~ Charles Entrekin, Listening: New & Selected Work
"Not only a wonderfully readable, beautifully detailed account of Dorothy Wall's experience of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but also an intelligent review of the history, science, and politics of the illness."
~ Kathryn Montgomery, Director, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine
"An important investigation of a little-understood illness with much to teach doctors and patients alike. General readers will find Dorothy Wall's personal story compelling as well as beautifully told."
~ Lynne Sharon Schwartz, novelist and author of The Fatigue Artist
"A remarkable book that could help huge numbers of people."
~ David Bell, MD
Winner of the "2007 Sand Castles Author & Book of the Year Award" from P.A.N.D.O.R.A.
"This illuminating guide mixes creative inspiration with practical advice about the craft to help writers discover their most powerful writing tool: the voices that are uniquely their own."
"This book will help writers find their own voice–helping them move from raw outpourings to polished prose....The authors have focused on a writing skill that is very hard to teach, and they have done so successfully."
~ Library Journal
"A meaty little book....I came away from it aglow, in love (again!) with my quest as a writer."
~ The Writing Self
Dorothy Wall offers manuscript critique, developmental editing and publishing advice to fiction and nonfiction writers and poets. She helps nonfiction writers prepare a stand-out book proposal, and fiction writers hone and develop their work to be competitive in today's marketplace. She also assists with query letters and finding an agent. Many of her clients have published their books with major houses and literary and academic presses.
"Dorothy understands exactly what agents and editors are looking for. The proposals written under her guidance are superb—and they sell books!"
~ Susan Page, author of If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single? (Viking Penguin)
"I was lucky to be led to Dorothy. She was the finest kind of coach: quiet, razor-sharp and confident in me. Her guidance was structured, lucid and perfectly placed. I could only listen—and write."
~ Sofia Shafquat, author of the novel The Shadow Man (The Permanent Press)
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