The essays in this book run the gamut from thoughtful craft-oriented think pieces to intelligent assessments of other writers’ work, showing exactly how smart, critical reading can inform your own writing.

She was a great thinker and a passionate advocate for authors and writing in general.

Essays can consist of a number of elements, including: literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author.

Words are My Matter, by Ursula K. Le Guin Le Guin was more than just a great writer. The essay examples show good and poor examples, and also give reassuring advice about length of sentences, paragraphs, and lay-out and development of an essay. The book looks at each stage of writing an essay, starting with the essay plan, then moving from this to an introductory paragraph, and so on. The definition of an essay is vague, overlapping with those of an article and a short story.