Over 300 offbeat, original writing exercises that develop creative thinking, valuable insights into the writing process and a close encounter with Nardo, the "snake within", out to discourage everyone's productivity. Write Outside the Lines is the perfect hands-on, holistic workbook to let writers of all ages catapult their creativity and discover their best ideas!
Most writing books present classic guidelines without providing ample exercises, or give scores of "prompts" with little technical guidance. None fully addresses lack of confidence and writer's block. Write Outside the Lines leads readers through every phase of the writing experience, with humor and understanding. It's an essential, creative guide students will refer to for years.
Educators and Parents on WOTL:
"What happens when you put Robin Hood in the sewer with a band of merry microbes? Or start a story on the inside of an eyeball? You discover the wonderful, outlaw joy of writing a story that no one else has dared try before. In "Writing Outside the Lines," Cathy Altman Nocquet shows aspiring writers of any age how to have more fun -- and be more productive -- than they ever thought possible.
For anyone who has laughed at a Neil Gaiman story, shivered at the plot twists of J.K. Rowling or gasped at one of Michael Chabon's concoctions -- and then wondered: 'Why can't we teach anything like that in school?' -- the answer is: 'Now we can.'
WOTL is the most ingenious, subversive, life-affirming textbook that I've ever encountered. It's a book that will inspire a new generation of great writers, and help even the most apprehensive students discover that, yes, writing can be wonderful."
-- George Anders, New York Times best-selling author and co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, 1997
"With this inspiring and instructive book that captures the essence of her creativity workshops, Cathy Altman Nocquet frees readers of all ages to write with confidence and courage."
-- Sheila Kohler, O'Henry Prize winning author and Lecturer, Princeton University, NJ
"As modern learning and brain science show, it takes a village to raise a creative child and Cathy shows how to create this village one story at a time."
Charles Vanover, PhD, Professor of Education, USF
"A witty book composed of outrageous, succinct thought experiments…. Making a central character of that inner voice that prevents us from following our dreams is a brilliant about face."
Margaret Olin, PhD,
Senior Research Scholar Yale University
"I have rarely seen a teacher as inspiring as Cathy Altman Nocquet in her creative writing workshops. With humor, wit and depth of understanding, she opens her students' minds to the endless possibilities of their own imaginations, giving them the skills and direction to put this into words. Her book joyfully guides each student to find his or her own voice."
Amy Gamlen, Teacher, Musician and Composer, Paris Jazz Underground
"A warm, engaging and original book that leaves children more confident about not only their ability to write, but to think. With WOTL, we've witnessed the launch of a counter-culture Creativity Camp, with the mission of challenging and developing each child's unique talent. I loved the infectiously funny, subversive voice and the rollicking rhythm of the whole thing!"
-- Denise Young, Journalist, Paris
"Most books that teach writing lead the neophyte to shut down instead of open up. WOTL shows us the only way to find your "voice" as a writer: by taking ownership of that thing you've been hiding inside all these years, stripping it naked and letting it howl at the moon"
Ernie the Writing Guru
“'The 'go to' handbook for creative writing classes at all levels, WOTL contains a mind-boggling array of exercises, that are, in themselves, an extraordinary display of creativity."
Mendelson Research Chicago
"Open this book and creativity will seep into your daily life. You'll feel mentally limber, and always leave your notepad with a sense of serenity. Cathy's exercises are like yoga for the right brain; the book should come with creative writing attire."
Andi Ipaktchi, Visual Artist
"Cathy has a magic that seems effortless: she is able to inspire confidence, imagination, and devoted writing in her students. When we co-teach workshops with the goal of staging original stories, written collaboratively by the participants, the staging AND the writing complement each other perfectly. All of this springs from Cathy's charismatic style. She is in creative complicity with each of her students, and the results are joyful to behold."
Susan Harloe, Artistic Director, Word for Word Performing Arts Company, San Francisco