A Syllable of Water: Twenty Writers of Faith Reflect on Their Art

In her chapter on novel writing in this collection, Doris Betts decries writing teachers who ask their students whether they really have anything to say. It’s the wrong question for a writer. As Betts asserts, “Only allegorists start from that end and work backward. Most writers set out to tell a story, knowing that who they are and what they believe will whisper its way in just as they do in daily life.” For Betts, and for many of the writers who appear in A Syllable of Water, writing is about relationship and risk.


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