Barbara Baig is the creator of The Mastery Path for Writers, a new approach to learning to write that focuses on achieving excellence through deliberate practice.
This approach is grounded in the findings of research scientists in the field of expertise studies, especially the work of Professor K. Anders Ericsson, author of the best-selling Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. These scientists have shown that people who become great in a particular field are not naturally gifted. Instead, they have developed their skills through years of focused, intentional practice. Although not every aspiring writer can become great, we can all take our skills to higher levels using the same approach as experts in other fields, such as professional athletes and musicians. All we need to do is learn what--and how--to practice.
Barbara is an expert writing teacher and coach, having honed her skills over thirty years of teaching undergraduate and graduate students, working adults, and aspiring creative writers. She spent two decades as the Writing Instructor at Harvard Divinity School and now teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
Barbara’s passion for teaching shows itself in her two books: How To Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play (2010) and Spellbinding Sentences: How to Achieve Excellence and Captivate Your Readers (2015), both from Writer’s Digest Books, as well as in her many articles on writing. She offers free writing lessons at www.WhereWritersLearn.com.
Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers
"Spellbinding Sentences" takes a new approach to writing instruction, one based on the findings of researchers in the scientific field of expertise studies. These researchers have shown that expertise, in any field, is not the result of innate talent, but of good coaching, dedication to practice, and imitation of models of excellence. "Sentences" is the first writing how-to book to apply this approach to acquiring expertise in the skills of choosing words and arranging them into clear and powerful sentences.
"Spellbinding Sentences" has been endorsed by Ursula K. Le Guin, Jane Brox, Edward Dolnick (New York Times best-selling author of "The Rescue Artist"), prize-winning British novelist Emma Darwin, Mark Bauerlein (author of "The Dumbest Generation"), and others.