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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

I belong to two writers' communities: the software patterns writers' community, which is eagerly creating a new—and new type of—literature in the world of computing and software, and the Warren Wilson Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program for Writers alumni, the Wallies. Each of these two communities is generous beyond anything xenia could predict and more than a modest writer like me deserves. If you are a writer, then you know what kind of communities these are, and if you aren't, you can't imagine the warmth, support, and generosity spawned by the work of trying to write what is impossible to write.

When I asked these two communities about their thoughts on the writers' workshop, I was flooded. Literally the size of my manuscript nearly doubled in length with the advice and stories I got, and the reminders of what I once knew but had forgotten. I would like to thank them first.

Beth Thomas, Bob Hanmer, Bobby Woolf, Brian Marick, Bridget Balthrop Morton, Browning Porter, Bruce Anderson, Carolyn West, Dave West, Dawn O'Dell, Dirk Riehle, Don Olson, Faith Holsaert, Gerard Meszaros, Ian Wilson, James O. Coplien, James Reed, John Gribble, John LeTourneau, John Vlissides, Jutta Eckstein, Kathy Collisson, Ken Auer, Kent Beck, Klaus Marquardt, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Lauren Yaffe, Linda Rising, Mari Coates, Mark Solomon, Markus Völter, Martha Rhodes, Martha Carlson-Bradley, Margaret Kaufman, Neil Harrison, Norm Kerth, Priscilla Orr, Ralph Johnson, Rebecca Rikner, Richard Helms, Richard Schmitt, Steve Fay, and Ward Cunningham.

James O. Coplien and Bobby Woolf wrote down the writers' workshop process as we first practiced it in the software patterns community (“A Pattern Language for Writers' Workshops,” in Pattern Languages of Program Design 4), and Neil Harrison wrote down how to shepherd (“The Language of the Shepherds: A Pattern Language for Shepherds and Sheep,” unpublished but on the Web), each in fine pattern languages—without these I would have had to actually remember what we did and learned.

Linda Elkin provided detailed and provocative comments on the manuscript for this book, and without her help it would have been a feeble book indeed.

I particularly would like to thank the teachers who tried their darnedest to teach me to write: Heather McHugh, Stephen Dobyns, Michael Collier, and Thomas Lux. At Warren Wilson College, Ellen Bryant Voigt and Peter Turchi combined to create the most congenial and productive writers' workshops I have ever encountered. The following were some of my workshop leaders at writers' workshops around the United States: Brenda Hillman, Sandra McPherson, Jane Hirshfield, Walter Pavlich, Gary Snyder, Pattianne Rogers, Bob Hass, Ed Hirsch, Gerald Stern, Mark Strand, Timothy Liu, Mark Jarman, Carl Philips, Tom Andrews, Marianne Boruch, Eleanor Wilner, Tony Hoagland, Steve Orlen, Joan Aleshire, Agha Shahid Ali, Reginald Gibbons, Larry Levis, Campbell McGrath, Renate Wood, Brooks Haxton, Michael Ryan, and Alan Williamson.

And especially: My friend Guy L. Steele Jr. kept me alive; my partner, Jo A. Lawless, kept me loved; my daughter, Mika Toribara, and son, Joseph Tracy, kept me young; and my long-time colleague and close friend Ron Goldman kept me honest (sort of).

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