The Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop

Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing

Publisher: Bantam
In this brilliantly imagined book, author Danell Jones mines the diaries, essays, correspondence, and fiction of a literary legend to create an unforgettable master class in the art of writing. Using Virginia Woolf’s own words, this inspiring, instructive, and entertaining guide will delight fans, students, and teachers alike—and at last give Woolf a classroom of her own.

Imagine what it might be like if Virginia Woolf were teaching a writers’ workshop. What would she say? What elements of her own experience would writers today find valuable? Now one need only to look within these pages to find out. For here, perched at the podium of a classroom, Woolf shares her wisdom on a range of matters, including:

The value of experimentation
How to use a journal for inspiration
The importance of reading, walking, and practicing
Methods for learning from great writers

Also included are “writing sparks”—exercises for writers of all levels—inspired by Woolf’s best-known works, plus the original sources of all of Woolf’s quotes for deeper exploration. Let Woolf’s utterly unique vision guide you to your own distinct voice at the same time that you deepen your appreciation and knowledge of her as a revolutionary writer and thinker. This practical reference motivates and inspires readers to embrace their personal vision through the spirit of one of the foremost literary talents of the twentieth century.



What, she writes on the board, are the conditions necessary to produce a work of art?

Up shoots the hand of a young woman in an Ani DiFranco T-shirt. “A room of her own and five hundred a year?”

True, she says, amazed how the words she wrote all those years ago seem...
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“Jones has taken Virginia Woolf’s writings and broken them into seven classroom scenes. . . . Each is worth any writer’s attention.” —Deseret Morning News

“An inspired moment gave way to an intriguing concept and now a delightful book.” —Billings Gazette

“A gift to aspiring writers from an author who has absorbed the lessons of Woolf and made them her own.” —Edward Mendelson, author of The Things That Matter

“Jones creates a vision of Woolf as the teacher she might have been: funny, ambitious, wise, and encouraging.” —Anne E. Fernald, author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader