Elliott Bay Books launch of The Writer's Portable Mentor, July 28, 2010
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The Writer's Portable Mentor is available from the usual online venues and can also be obtained in a very timely manner from The Elliott Bay Book Co.'s fast and efficient mailorder service (see below). Booksellers may obtain it from Ingram Book Co. or from PartnersWest.

A well-organized and immensely helpful guide for writers at all levels to jump-start their creativity, refine their work, and approach the realm of virtuosos." -- Shelf Awareness

"I have never seen anything quite like Priscilla Long's book….It presents a true alternative for the advanced writer." --Maya Sonenberg

"The Writer's Portable Mentor should be required reading for any working writer." —Scott Driscoll, award-winning Seattle journalist.

"I think The Writer's Portable Mentor is the best writing instruction I have used, and I have a bookcase full of how-to-write books." -- Suzan Huney, Writer

"I believe Priscilla Long’s clear and patient mentoring will encourage you in your writing, helping you figure out what already shines and how to make the rest shine brightly, too." --Sheila Bender, author of A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief

"Priscilla Long distills twenty years of teaching and creative thought into these pages. The Writer's Portable Mentor should be in every writer’s backpack to read, underline, and share with delight."
—Laura Kalpakian, novelist, memoirist.

"I especially like the author's emphasis on craft, on developing good work habits, and mastering the fundamentals of prose structure." —Ralph Keyes, author of The Courage to Write

Priscilla Long is one of the most brilliant teachers of writing I've ever studied with (and I've been taking and teaching writing classes for over 25 years). Priscilla has developed a unique and powerful process that encourages her students to grow as writers. She explains complicated techniques in clear language, and illustrates her points with gems of great writing, collected over a lifetime of ardent reading. ... When I first read out loud the essay I wrote in her class, my audience gasped with amazement (yes, it was that good). —Waverly Fitzgerald, novelist (Saint John's Wood and Mayfair as Nancy Fitzgerald) and author of Slow Time: Recovering the Natural Rhythms of Life.

The Writer's Portable Mentor is a choice advisory and very highly recommended. -- The Midwest Book Review

Selected Works

This weekly column on science and how it rubs up against the rest of life ran for 92 weeks. Access them here.
The ABCs of the thrumming, plastic mystery that allows us to think, feel, and remember.
This creative nonfiction on the Human Genome Project appeared in The American Scholar and won the National Magazine Award in 2006.
Art and Life
This creative nonfiction comparing Wallace Stevens and Meret Oppenheim appears on Web Conjunctions.
History of Coal Mining
"A very well-written and well-researched history of the American coal industry from its earliest days through the 1920s."

"An intense and accomplished social history."

–Christopher Hitchens, New York Newsday
"One of those rare works that asks and answers important questions about who we are...as a nation and how we got to that point."
–Barbara Kingsolver, Women's Review of Books