Vol 10 No 1 (2018)
Book Reviews

Book Review of Brenda Ueland’s If You Want to Write

Kathleen McNichol
Athabasca University
Published February 8, 2018


Brenda Ueland was a writer, a teacher, a journalist and a free spirit who believed that you should write what makes you happy and the rest will follow. The real benefit of writing comes from knowing yourself. If You Want to Write was originally published in 1938, but Ueland’s sentiments on writing are universal. Republished in 1987, it became an instant bestseller. It has since been republished numerous times, most recently in 2016 by Dancing Unicorn Books. No matter how many times it is republished and reread, it never loses its charm. Do you want to write? Then this book is for you. Keywords: Writing the Self, Therapeutic Writing, Creative Writing, Reflexive Writing, Expressive Writing