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Sands Hall to read from ‘Tools of the Writer’s Craft’

Sands Hall is a woman of many talents (she just directed the successful “Madwoman of Chaillot” in Grass Valley). Tuesday she puts on her author hat as she reads from her new book, “Tools of the Writer’s Craft,” at The Book Seller.

This practical book is filled with exercises, anecdotes and examples – all tools that act as guides to inform the reader about ways to implement essay ideas. They are intended as a combination of theory and practical application. Hall states in the introduction: “As with everything in this volume, there is no absolute; the perspective is simply ‘according to me.'” Somewhere between the essays and the exercises, Hall intends that writers discover what drives “… the story you have been intending to write.”

This collection was compiled over the course of Hall’s teaching career. As she learned from her classroom experience, she would write an essay. Soon she had many, which she began attaching to corrected student manuscripts. Students responded so favorably to the custom that ultimately packets of essays were soon included with course handouts.



A member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers faculty and teacher each summer at The Iowa Summer Writing Festival, her previous published works include the novel “Catching Heaven” and the play “Fair Use.”

Call The Book Seller, located at 107 Mill St. in Grass Valley, at 272-2131 for information. The evening, which includes refreshments and a book signing, begins at 6:30 p.m.


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