Master Course in Writing by Jory Sherman

 According to award-winning writer and teacher Jory Sherman, “writing is magic.” But you don’t have to be a magician to decipher the fine points of writing.   

Sherman has been a mentor and literary consultant for more than 40 years. He has taught writing from up to the university level. His poetry and short stories have been published in literary journals and commercial publications.

His novel GRASS KINGDOM was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is a recipient of the Spur Award for his novel THE MEDICINE HORN from Western Writers of America. Jory lives and writes in Pittsburg,Texas. His more than 1,000 articles and 500 short stories have been published with Doubleday, Zebra, Avon, Berkley, Walker & Co, Tor/Forge, Bantam and other publications

In the slim book, MASTER COURSE IN WRITING, Sherman shares some of his writing secrets, exercises, and examples. He begins with words of encoragement and discusses how to get started, keep going, and write to the finish. 

Topics covered include: 

The importance of titles

Setting the scene

Character names

 “Everything you need to complete your story is in the story itself.”

Let the words flow, no editing, no censorship. Danger of using flashbacks.

The DNA of storytelling.

 Hypnotic writing.


Visit Sherman’s website to find out how to purchase a copy of his latest book. 

Special Note: Next week on Donna’s Book Pub I will interview Louella Turner, CEO and publisher of High Hill Press. If you leave a comment about Sherman’s book here or about my interview with Lou Turner on Donna’s Book Pub, your name will be entered to win a copy of Sherman’s book.



Filed under How To, Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

4 responses to “Master Course in Writing by Jory Sherman

  1. Jory, one of my dearest friends, has been acting as my personal mentor for most of the years I’ve been writing and I can testify to his abilities in the art of instruction and inspiration. As a teacher there are none who can surpass him and I highly recommend his works.

  2. donnamariev

    Hi Betty,
    You are so right. Thanks for your comment. Jory is a gem!

  3. How did I not know you were on WordPress? I love this!

  4. Oh, I just looked at the date. I guess you haven’t used this blog much.

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