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New release from Amazon:
The Adoption (2017)
by Eric Harrington Woro

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This website showcases the writing of Eric Harrington Woro. His newest releases are The Adoption, a historical novel about a dysfunctional American family in the tumultuous 1960s; How to Teach English in the Middle East, a preparatory guide for teachers; and Under the Black Sun: Revised Edition, a psychological thriller about a schizophrenic chess master's descent into madness.



Extract from The Adoption (2017)


Extract from How To Teach English
in the Middle East
(2017)



Extract from Under the Black Sun:
Revised Edition
(2017)




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Synopsis: Decorated WWII Army Colonel Reginald Schiller suffers a freak mishap resulting in his sterility. He and his no-nonsense wife adopt two children in the early 1950s, a boy and a girl, one a musical prodigy and the other a tormented soul with multiple anxiety disorders. Their military-style disciplinary approach to parenting leads to explosive complications for the family, coming to a head when the teenage son falls in love with a 1960s Berkeley radical. This conflict, happening in living rooms all over America with returning WWII veterans and their more independently minded children, sets up a family dynamic we will all recognize. The author captures the ethos of the times and the clash of generations in this insightful and un-put-downable new novel. (Amazon)

About the Author: Eric Harrington Woro is a lifelong editor and writer. He was managing editor of The Arts Journal (Asheville, North Carolina), books editor for ICE Publishing (Seattle, Washington), and technical editor and analyst for Intermec Technologies (Everett, Washington). He was a freelance editor and typesetter on many high-profile journals and magazines while attending college, including Mother Earth News, Fiberarts Magazine, Presbyterian Journal, World, Seattle Weekly and others. He earned a B.A. with Distinction in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an M.A. in English from the University of Washington. He is CELTA certified and has taught English at both high school and college levels all around the world, including in Germany, Canada, Russia, Asia and Oman, and recently authored a handbook on teaching English in the Middle East. His latest novels are The Adoption and Under the Black Sun: Revised Edition. He currently lives and writes in a picturesque village on the Gulf of Thailand. (Amazon)
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"Given the demographic bubble that was and is the Baby Boomers' generation, there have been surprisingly few coming of age novels chronicling the heady days of its youth: the war, the generational divide, the music, the political and social awakenings. The Adoption covers it all through the protagonist Stephen's eyes, through his repressed childhood with cruel, autocratic parents to the opening of his world through college and music and, finally, how he charts his course when he's drafted at the height of the Vietnam war . . ."

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"This is one of the best coming of age stories I've read in ages. The main character, Stephen, gets adopted into a seemingly wonderful family, but the reality is that he is stuck with an abusive mother, a rebellious, unlikable sister, and a despicable, morally depraved father. As Stephen makes his way through life with this hypocritical family and an equally hypocritical society, we are given an analysis of the tumultuous social issues of the day while Stephen learns about life outside of his insulated world. I fell in love with Stephen; I related to him as the kid who didn't fit in at school and the one who had to go along with things just to survive at home . . ."




How To Teach English in the Middle East (2017)
by Eric Harrington Woro

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Extract from How To Teach English
in the Middle East
(2017)





Article "A Full-On Guide to Teaching in Oman" (2017)


Interview with TEFLExchange (2017)






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Synopsis: How to Teach English in the Middle East is a full-service preparatory book for any native or near-native speaker of English intending to find remunerative employment as an ESL instructor in the Middle East. Drawing upon four years of experience as an English language lecturer at a technical college in a small desert town near the Arabian Sea, Eric Harrington Woro lays out all requisite information for the teacher preparing to make the exotic journey to one of the most fascinating regions of the world. In nine information-packed chapters he covers everything from recruiters and the application process to the pragmatic details of day-to-day living in a Muslim society; effective strategies for the critical phone interview which decides the applicant’s fate; and considerations in formulating lesson plans routinely reviewed by the instructor’s administrative overseers. He gives classroom examples of implementing a communicative approach and discusses need-to-know aspects of teaching ESL to Arab language learners, including several important highlights from standard and nonstandard Arabic grammar. Finally, he blends in a fictional snapshot of day-to-day life in a small Arab village, adding descriptive prose to his expository tour de force. Filled with intriguing reminiscence, personal narrative and comprehensive academic detail, this book is a must read for every ESL instructor en route to the Middle East.
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"If you are an ESL instructor wishing to work in the exotic and mysterious Middle East, this book is for you! Lots of useful advice that will make you feel like you belong and will guide you through steps of settling and fitting in."

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"A well-written and helpful guide to teaching in Oman."



New release from Amazon:
Under the Black Sun: Revised Edition (2017)
by Eric Harrington Woro

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Extract from Under the Black Sun:
Revised Edition
(2017)






Extract from Under the Black Sun:
First Edition
(1995)





Synopsis (by Eric Woro): My chess playing friends ask me bluntly: Which is better? The revised edition of Under the Black Sun, or the first edition? The new, revised edition is unquestionably better. You can confirm this in a few minutes by reading the chapter samples available here. Try Chapter 1 from the revised edition and then Chapter 1 from the first edition. The links are on the right. The narrative flow is smoother, faster, better now. Of course, some will prefer the first edition, which boasts a denser, more descriptive style in the first few chapters. Schizophrenic characters have complicated minds, and a novelist must choose how to portray the unique characteristics of their interior monologues.

This is the story of a schizophrenic chess master's descent into madness. The year is 1992 and Bobby Fischer, former world chess champion, has come out of retirement to play a return match against Russian challenger Boris Spassky. Martin Fairchild, a brilliant young chess prodigy with a bright future, is employed as a copy editor for Caissa Times, an international chess magazine published in La Jolla, California. Despite numerous tournament successes, Martin finds himself increasingly tormented by voices and exhibiting signs of the schizophrenia that overcame his suicidal father. He soon becomes obsessed with violent ideas and discovers that he is being stalked by a female vampire.


About the Author: Eric Harrington Woro is a lifelong editor, writer and teacher. Between 1992-1994, he was Copy Editor for Inside Chess magazine and Books Editor for International Chess Enterprises (Seattle, Washington).






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New release from Amazon: reprint of
Under the Black Sun First Edition (1995)
by Eric Harrington Woro

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REVIEWERS OF THE FIRST EDITION




"Sex, chess, vampires, philosophy -- what more could anyone ask?"

--Grandmaster Larry Evans in The Denver Post



"Eric Woro is a talented writer and his story and characters are well crafted."

--Tom Atkins, Virginia Chess Newsletter



"I like book."

--Grandmaster Eduard Gufeld







Synopsis: This first edition of the bestselling cult classic of the chess world in the 1990s, following the descent of a young chess master into madness, is now released in a new reprint. The year is 1992 and Bobby Fischer, world chess champion, has come out of retirement to play a return match against Russian challenger Boris Spassky. Martin Fairchild, a gifted young chessplayer, also arrives on the chess scene while pursuing his formal education. He sports several different personalities and his life begins to unravel as he is increasingly tormented by his "voices." Obsessed with thoughts of violence and memories of his schizophrenic father's suicide, he discovers that he is being stalked by a female vampire.

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