A Mini Masterclass on Reading and Writing

You can improve your writing skills and become a deeper reader in just one afternoon. That sounds like a gimmick, doesn't it? But wait, there's more! There are thousands of books on writing and possibly a few less on creating a deeper reading experience. So if you're looking for something to help you, might I suggest looking to the experts: C.S. Lewis and Earnest Hemingway. These books aren't necessarily how-to books, but more like a memoir. On Writing and The Reading Life are both compiled from letters, interviews, and essays to provide insight to the reader on how to improve their skills.

I listened to both books as audiobooks in two afternoons. Their lengths is perfect for those who commute on a daily basis. Though both books were great to listen to, John Bedford Lloyd did a superb job in bringing Hemingway's voice to life. Consider these books to be a masterclass of advice from two of the greatest writers of all time. You'll walk away with new insights on the craft of reading and writing. 

 “But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.” - C.S. Lewis.

Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Larry W. Phillips (Editor)
Published December 17th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
ISBN13: 9781797103594

An assemblage of reflections on the nature of writing and the writer from one the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.

Throughout Hemingway’s career as a writer, he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing—that it takes off “whatever butterflies have on their wings and the arrangement of hawk’s feathers if you show it or talk about it.”

Despite this belief, by the end of his life he had done just what he intended not to do. In his novels and stories, in letters to editors, friends, fellow artists, and critics, in interviews and in commissioned articles on the subject, Hemingway wrote often about writing. And he wrote as well and as incisively about the subject as any writer who ever lived…

The Reading Life: Reflections and Essays by C.S. Lewis
Narrated by: John Lee
Published July 2nd 2019 by HarperAudio
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
ISBN13: 9780062933058

The revered teacher and bestselling author of such classic Christian works as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters reflects on the power, importance, and joy of a life dedicated to reading books in this delightful collection drawn from his wide body of writings.

More than fifty years after his death, revered intellectual and teacher C. S. Lewis continues to speak to readers, thanks not only to his intellectual insights on Christianity but also his wondrous creative works and deep reflections on the literature that influenced his life. Beloved for his instructive novels including The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and The Chronicles of Narnia as well as his philosophical books that explored theology and Christian life, Lewis was a life-long writer and book lover.

Cultivated from his many essays, articles, and letters, as well as his classic works, How to Read provides guidance and reflections on the love and enjoyment of books. Engaging and enlightening, this well-rounded collection includes Lewis’ reflections on science fiction, why children’s literature is for readers of all ages, and why we should read two old books for every new one.

A window into the thoughts of one of the greatest public intellectuals of our time, this collection reveals not only why Lewis loved the written word, but what it means to learn through literature from one of our wisest and most enduring teachers.