Compositions: Notes on the written word

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By: Naomi Beth Wakan

March 2008
228 pages | ISBN 978-1-894987-25-7

In this witty and energetic collection, Naomi Beth Wakan explores all aspects of writing – from the movement of inspiration to the art of the back cover endorsement. In between, she considers censorship, why she can't write a murder mystery, and how to introduce children to poetry so they will love it. This is a collection that sparkles with personality and with a love of all things written.


Who's Who British Columbia (BC Bookworld Spring 2010, 3/1/2010)
"Gabriola Islander Naomi  Beth Wakan’s advice to emerging writers past the age of fifty, Late Bloomer: On Writing Later in Life, has been followed by personal essays about her literary life, Compositions: Notes on the Written Word."

Library Bookwatch, Volume 3, Number 7 (MidWest Book Review, 7/8/2008)
“Offering advice as well as reflections, her stories all have something within that any writers can relate to.”

Compositions by Naomi Beth Wakan (Mary Ann Moore, Story Circle Book Reviews, 6/20/2008)
“She has created a fascinating collection of personal essays, memoir, poetry, and writing guide, inviting the reader on an entertaining journey.”

'Respect your doggerel,' says author, 77 (Mary Ann Moore, Vancouver Sun, 5/24/2008)
"In the last three years, Wakan has published Segue, a book of poetry, as well as two books of essays, Late Bloomer: On Writing Later in Life and Compositions: Notes on the Written Word, all from Wolsak & Wynn. ... Her 'bread-and-butter' poetry, as well as her essays, are delightful and inspiring, full of practicality, candour and wit."

Other Titles by Naomi Beth Wakan

A Roller-coaster Ride: Thoughts on aging (2012)

Book Ends: A year between the covers (2010)

Late Bloomer: On Writing Later in Life (2006)

Segues (2005)

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