We all have stories to tell, and Patty Dann can help you bring them forth. With prompts and rules for writing, discover the power and pleasure of writing from your life.
PATTY DANN was cited by New York magazine as one of the "Great Teachers of NYC." She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Oregon. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the West Side YMCA, where she currently teaches memoir classes. Her class used to be limited to students ages fifty-five and over because she found that it often took decades for people to write the truth, but now she opens her classes to all ages. Dann is the author of three novels, including Mermaids, which was turned into a film starring Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, and Bob Hoskins, and two memoirs. She is married to journalist Michael Hill and has one son and two stepsons.
"Patty Dann has collected 25 years of teaching experience in this
generous book of advice to writers. She delivers a series of
prompts that open up tiny worlds of memory and feeling. If God is
in the details, God is here."--Betsy Lerner, author of The
Forest for the Trees
"Seamlessly blending writing wisdom with memoir, The Butterfly Hours promises to spark not only your writing, but also your heart. This book is a testament to why writing continues to be one of humankind's most essential superpowers."--Laraine Herring, author of Writing Begins with the Breath and On Being Stuck "If all books could be this wonderful! From the first page, I fell in love with Patty Dann's warm, witty, sound advice and the glimpses into her own life. Refreshingly modest and gently profound, The Butterfly Hours is a treasure--and the perfect present for all who feel they have memories to share. Brava, Patty Dann. I so loved this book."--Elinor Lipman, author of The View from Penthouse B and I Can't Complain