Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying


Information for Reading Groups, Students and Writers

Read a student's commentary on Erica Jong's teaching during a previous class at Rancho La Puerta:
“Writing the Story of Your Life with Erica Jong, by Kate Anas


The following essay appears in American Writers; A Collection of Literary Biographies, Supplement V, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000.  

ERICA JONG  
by Shelley Fisher Fishkin


I'VE GOT A LITTLE LIST
by Erica Jong
From The Nation


Organizations that Help Writers


Erica's 20 Rules for Writers

1. Have faith—not cynicism
2. Dare to dream
3. Take your mind off publication
4. Write for joy
5. Get the reader to turn the page
6. Forget politics (let your real politics shine through)
7. Forget intellect
8. Forget ego
9. Be a beginner
10. Accept change
11. Don't think your mind needs altering
12. Don't expect approval for telling the truth -
(Parents, politicians, colleagues, friends, etc.)
13. Use everything
14. Remember that writing is Heroism
15. Let Sex (The Body, the physical world) in!
16. Forget critics
17. Tell your truth not the world's
18. Remember to be earth-bound
19. Remember to be wild!
20. Write for the child (in yourself and others)

There are no rules
Erica Jong

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bestselling author of Fear of Flying and Seducing the Demon

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