I haven’t read a lot of Faulkner, but I remember loving his comedic coming-of-age novel The Reivers, which was made into the true-to-the-book 1969 movie starring Steve McQueen. Here, Emily Temple shares a collection of Faulkner’s rarely publicized, but brilliant, writing tips.

“William Faulkner is one of the best writers America has ever produced, with a distinctive voice and a relentless intelligence that earned him a Nobel Prize in literature at age 52—not to mention two Pulitzer prizes, two National Book Awards, and the undying love of many readers. He’s one of those writers you can read again and again without really understanding how he’s done what he’s done; he has that magic. But that doesn’t keep anyone from trying to learn from him. Though he didn’t much care for interviews, he has shared his expertise in a few; he also served as the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia in 1957 and 1958, and some of his pedagogical conversations with students there have since been made public…”

~ Emily Temple

READ MORE: 20 Pieces of Writing Advice from William Faulkner

Enjoy some quick Faulker in The Reivers clip below:

Tips for Writers


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