Few writers can share what they know like Elise Valmorbida, and even fewer teachers can write like her. But her greatest talent is her belief in other people's creative potential, and in the potential for creativity to bring happiness. Relevant to both seasoned writers and newbies alike.
Beautiful, clear, wide-reaching and hugely generous to readers.
There are many guides to good writing but none as valuable as this. In The Happy Writing Book, Elise Valmorbida... explains with acute insight how to convey your thoughts and ideas to the distant reader, while wearing very lightly her expertise in literary criticism. The result is both a stylistic revelation and a pleasure to read.
Insightful, inspiring and brimming with useful tips, it's the friendliest guide you'll find to being a writer. Elise Valmorbida shows that the writing process, like the reading process, has all sorts of desirable side effects.
Elise Valmorbida's teaching is life-affirming. She imparts information in a way that is accessible and vibrant. She takes the fear out of writing, and inspires students to discover their own voice. I was already writing when I did a course with Elise, yet I discovered new tones of voice that surprised and delighted me. The Happy Writing Book makes Elise's gifts as a teacher available to all.
Most provocative and insightful. A keen distillation of years' worth of experience, imagination and wisdom - and a delight to read - which will stay with me and keep provoking me.
Elise has been a wonderful writing tutor for Arvon for many years. We know we can rely on her to give our writers the right balance of thoughtful insight and supportive encouragement. This book encapsulates that teaching experience and wisdom. Sure to leave you a Happy Writer.
Elise Valmorbida at Chiswick Book Festival
12th Sep 2021
2pm-4pm: Writing characters we care about: Elise Valmorbida How do you create compelling characters on the written page? Where do they come from and where might they go? Good storytelling needs characters we care about, warts and all. This hands-on creative writing workshop by the author of The Madonna of the Mountains will help you…
Elise Valmorbida at How The Light Gets In
18th Sep 2021 11:30 am
Debates & Talks How to Write and Why we Should Elise Valmorbida. Writing shouldn't just be a past-time of the academic or creative elite. Everyone should write, and more importantly, everyone should fantasise. Join author of The Madonna of the Mountains and creative writing tutor, Elise Valmorbida, to learn how fantasising can improve well-being and…