Definition of writerly in US English:



  • 1Of or characteristic of a professional author.

    ‘the mixture of writerly craft and stamina that Greene had’
    • ‘Sean Howe's book Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers!: Writers on Comics is replete with writerly confessions.’
    • ‘It has two faults: the author occasionally crosses the line between striking description and writerly fussiness.’
    • ‘Their dialogue is a fascinating exploration of the intersection of cultural concerns and writerly processes, giving readers a privileged glimpse into this increasingly rich and varied production.’
    • ‘But the persona, writerly and otherwise, that I've invested so much time grooming over the past few decades just doesn't marry up with sleekness and throbbing muscly health.’
    • ‘This is no different from the writerly desires that have driven the makers of literature for centuries.’
    • ‘This hallucinatory tour de force is a writerly performance akin to the later postmodern critical aesthetics that celebrate, not just the surface, but the opportunity to think through the ways that surfaces make up our identities.’
    • ‘On the road towards major debates of the later twentieth century, Krutch considered aspects of writerly intention, and how these intersected with writerly self-critique.’
    • ‘I want to say that Campion's An Angel at My Table is faithful to Frame's autobiography, specifically to the writerly vision of the writer's life.’
    • ‘But the surest way to writerly independence is a big readership and a well-known name, which is exactly what Winfrey was offering him.’
    • ‘The proletariat is now an important trope of modernity worthy of the writerly gaze.’
    • ‘His account of Defoe's popular success is a clue to his own writerly ambitions.’
    • ‘That's interesting, because in a way that's a very writerly method, in that you did your rough draft and then your final draft.’
    • ‘‘There are two elements that need to coincide for me to write a book,’ as Puig later explained his writerly urge.’
    • ‘In other words, both writers eventually adopted an almost permanent writerly silence during their last years, seeking out a more direct means of reproducing mental images.’
    • ‘It is worth remembering that Stephen admits he was raised to be a monk; in many ways we aren't far from Thomas Merton's link between silence and the monastic and writerly lives.’
    • ‘Sikelianos attempts to untangle some complex knots in this book, and it is a testament to her writerly scope that she succeeds in doing so with wit and humor.’
    • ‘Sainz's novel explicitly inserts itself into the exploration of the effects of this e-revolution on the novelistic form, on the writerly identity, and on the rethinking of thematic development.’
    • ‘She's small with big eyes framed by laughter lines and is dressed entirely in black, but that seems to be the extent of any macabre crime writerly persona.’
    • ‘Gurdjieff also demonstrated more humble writerly skills, including the ability to accept advice from others and persistence in face of failure.’
    • ‘Though much of their dialogue centers on their writerly processes and experiences, many of their insights may be easily used to comprehend the process that occurs in other texts.’
    1. 1.1 Consciously literary.
      ‘novels as tricksy and writerly as those of Robbe-Grillet’
      • ‘This is a ‘world’ all right, the rules for civil adherence percolate into a grammar made iconic by gaps and outbursts of intense writerly variance.’
      • ‘Cavarero writes generically complex tales of the narratable self, reviving the writerly tradition of Roland Barthes, and echoing his recognition of eros, love, and desire.’
      • ‘In cases where critics might describe a text as either readerly or writerly, following Barthes' classic distinction, we recognize a reference to the level of welcome afforded by a given text.’
      • ‘Despite her best intentions, ultimately she's trying to find the sort of writerly perfection that leads to embalmed craft.’
      • ‘High modernist author Georges Perec, for instance, comically suggested that there are exactly 243 writerly possibilities for the postcard message.’
      • ‘This delicious, melancholic vision both romanticises the subject and bathes the object in writerly, almost heroic solitude.’
      • ‘These black voices represent an aesthetic and cultural position which, like Caliban's, speak of racial politics in an authentic black voice different from the writerly texts of European modernism.’
      • ‘Our book's approach is literary and writerly, focusing on the form and acknowledging the literary impulse in nonfiction.’
      • ‘I've got the usual collection of writerly type books that I keep at hand.’
      • ‘The way she chooses to write highlights this crucial interdependency between the sited event and its writerly structure.’
      • ‘Alas, it is true that Didion is a writer full of writerly tricks of a type that can be made fun of, rather like Hemingway.’
      • ‘Indeed, the narrative structure of the first half is, as Jameson has suggested, of a writerly nature and schizophrenic in its narrative loops and turns.’
      • ‘Of prime concern here has been to sketch out the way three contemporary poets have created work which exemplifies a number of connections between writerly and corporeal inscriptions.’
      • ‘The complication of Loden's writerly comic procedure is all in the nuances and gestures of meaning conveyed by particular word-choices, tones and implications.’
      • ‘She deploys Roland Barthes's notion of readerly and writerly texts to contextualize Bulosan's social realism and Yamamoto's heretofore overlooked experimentalism.’
      • ‘At the very end of the book Hitchens summarizes Orwell's legacy in a stirring but slippery assessment that somehow Orwell's famous writerly style is at the center of how he matters.’
      • ‘Gowdy's prose is almost transparent; you never feel her writerly imprint.’
      • ‘This purpose and the writerly comic principle underlying Rabelais's narratives, a principle we shall refer to as ‘privative’ evil, are the subjects we shall focus on in the remainder of this study.’
      • ‘I require that the essay focuses on what they have read and learned from writers - writerly concepts from, say, Pound, Levertov, Eliot, Rich, Webb and others (Geddes).’
      • ‘No Country for Old Men offers much more hard-driving suspense than any of McCarthy's previous works; in fact the plot's motor is so overdriven that one tends to read too fast to savor the writerly nuances.’