Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy

Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals

by Dinty W. Moore

Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy,
I have a hot crush on the em dash. What does my need to stuff—while simultaneously fracturing—my sentences—with the meandering, the explanatory, the discursive, the perhaps not-entirely-necessary—say about me?  
—Cheryl Strayed

Have you ever wished there were an advice columnist for writers, but one who didn’t take things so damned seriously? This unique writing guide pairs questions sent in by top contemporary essayists with hilariously witty answers and essays from acclaimed author Dinty W. Moore. Phillip Lopate asks for advice on writing about your ex without sounding like an ass, Julianna Baggott worries that to be a great writer you must drink like a fish, and Roxane Gay asks whether it’s kosher to write about writing.

Taking advantage of all the tools available to today’s personal essayist—egregious puns, embarrassing anecdotes, and cocktail napkins—Professor Moore answers these questions, and more, demystifying the world of nonfiction once and for all. With a tip of the hat to history’s most infamous essay—Montaigne’s “Of Cannibals”—this book provides rollicking relief for writers in distress.


Recent Reviews

A Good Read

Mariska Lalsingh

4.5 Stars

This was funny and cute book to read over coffee. It also was helpful and educational since it provided a new inside into e funny and cute book to read over coffee. It also was helpful and educational since it provided a new insight to…

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dear mister essay writer guy

Terri Peña

3.5 Stars

Dinty Moore (can not possibly be his real name) answers questions about writing and grammer written by some of the best essayists of the day. Not only did Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy make me laugh aloud, but I had to urge to read from…

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Not quite what I was expecting.

Adam Pober

2.5 Stars

This book was not was I was expecting, and I am a bit dissapointed by the actual tome. The book itself is a handsome, brown and orange. It's well bound and the paper texture makes it an ease to read.Content-wise, the…

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More Anecdotes than Advice; Still Worth It.

Katy Magee

4 Stars

Dinty W. Moore's Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals is not really an advice book. Nor is it really about love or cannibals, although there is advice in there to be gleaned,…

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Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore: A Book Review

Megan Fae Holstein

4 Stars

I was skeptical about requesting a copy of this book free for review from Blogging For Books because I…

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