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Brenda Ueland (24 October 1891 - 5 March 1985) was a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and teacher of writing. She is best known for her book If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.

Brenda was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Andreas and Clara Hampson Ueland. She was the third of seven children. She attended Wells and Barnard colleges and received her ... more »

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  • ''Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).
  • ... everybody who is human has something to express. Try not expressing yourself for twenty-four hours and see what happens. You will nearly burst. You will want to write a long letter or draw a pictu...
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).
  • ''We are too ready (women especially) not to stand by what we have said or done.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 18 (1938).
  • ''... the imagination needs moodling,—long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 4 (1938).
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