Writing to Change the World

Writing to Change the World

by Mary Pipher PhD


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, Another Country, and The Shelter of Each Other comes an inspirational book that shows how words can change the world.

Words are the most powerful tools at our disposal. With them, writers have saved lives and taken them, brought justice and confounded it, started wars and ended them. Writers can change the way we think and transform our definitions of right and wrong.

Writing to Change the World is a beautiful paean to the transformative power of words. Encapsulating Mary Pipher's years as a writer and therapist, it features rousing commentary, personal anecdotes, memorable quotations, and stories of writers who have helped reshape society. It is a book that will shake up readers' beliefs, expand their minds, and possibly even inspire them to make their own mark on the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594482533
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 268,209
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, as well as Seeking Peace and Writing to Change the World. She lives in Nebraska.

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“[Pipher] offers useful advice…[This] will encourage idealistic aspiring writers, who will surely find inspiration in her assertion that writing can change the world.”
Publishers Weekly 

“[Pipher] brings astute analogies from her career as a therapist to the problem of how to begin writing.”
Library Journal  

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Writing to Change the World 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Kassilem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book for my college English class and enjoyed it so much I finished it early. It is not a book about how to write, but on how to use writing to "change the world". As a writer myself, Pipher struck some deep chords within me. I also believe that the world is in a bad way so the idea of being able to do something about it is very appealing. I didn't think much about it before because I prefer to write fiction, but as a writer I CAN do something to make a contribution to society. Pipher has a very powerful voice, something she emphasizes as helping a piece to be more powerful, more engaging. She certainly kept me engaged. I also liked that she scattered a lot of influential quotes throughout her writing. There is a lot in here, and for me it all clicked. It is a very powerful book in my opinion and a must read for any writer.
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D-Dawning More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. I originally purchased it for hints regarding writing technique. That advice was covered to an extent in the book. However, it also covered the idea of why we want to write what we write, and the impact of that writing on the world. It really made me rethink how and what I may want to put on paper. Mary Pipher is a wonderful author. I also read her book "Reviving Ophelia" and she has an easy way of getting her point across.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The underlying premise to this self-help book is that the pen (computer?) is mightier than the sword (weapons of mass destruction?). Mary Pipher assumes most people want to write what is on their mind but want to do so with clarity and passion. WRITING TO CHANGE THE WORLD explains what to do and not do with the latter perhaps being most critical as simple avoidable pitfalls can devastate a product. Ms. Pipher also explains when to use which format from letters to essays to blogs with the key being some homage to Mcluhan in that the medium is key to the message. Finally the book provides a step by step primer into the writing process supplemented by exercises and instruction. Well written and easy to follow, this reviewer picked up some tips on presenting reviews (similar to Ms. Pipher¿s Op-ed comments) especially her affirmation of the writer as ¿a moral agent¿ while staying focused on your objective. As Robert Brent Toplin points out in his book MICHAEL MOORE'S 'FAHRENHEIT 9/11': HOW ONE FILM DIVIDED A NATION: 'the most important message of Fahrenheit 9/11 is that the war with Iraq was unnecessary.¿ was somewhat distracted by controversial anecdotal sidebars that took viewers away from the director¿s main theme. Ms. Pipher provides advice on how to avoid that easy to fall into trap with this fine self help primer. --- Harriet Klausner