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The Art of Creative Nonfiction

Author : Lee Gutkind
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A complete guide to the art and craft of creative nonfiction--from one of its pioneer practitioners The challenge of creative nonfiction is to write the truth in a style that is as accurate and informative as reportage, yet as personal, provocative, and dramatic as fiction. In this one-of-a-kind guide, award-winning author, essayist, teacher, and editor Lee Gutkind gives you concise, pointed advice on every aspect of writing and selling your work, including: * Guidelines for choosing provocative--and salable--topics * Smart research techniques--including advice on conducting penetrating interviews and using electronic research tools * Tips for focusing and structuring a piece for maximum effectiveness * Advice on working successfully with editors and literary agents

Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

Author : Bill Roorbach
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The most inclusive collection of creative nonfiction available, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth is the only anthology that brings together examples of all three of the main forms in the genre: the literary memoir, the personal essay, and literary journalism. Featuring a generous and diverse sampling of more than sixty works, this collection includes beautiful, disturbing, and instructive works of literary memoir by such writers as Mary McCarthy, Annie Dillard, and Judy Ruiz; smart, funny, and moving personal essays by authors ranging from E.B. White to Phillip Lopate to Ntozake Shange; and incisive, vivid, and quirky examples of literary journalism by Truman Capote, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sebastian Junger, and many others. This unique volume also contains examples of captivating nature writing, exciting literary travel writing, brilliant essays in science, surprising creative cultural criticism, and moving literary diaries and journals, incorporating several classic selections to set a context for the contemporary work. The editor's general introduction and introductions to each of the five sections provide useful definitions, crucial history, critical context, and abundant issues to debate. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in creative nonfiction, literary journalism, essay writing, and all levels of composition, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth is also an essential resource for all nonfiction writers, from novices to professionals.

Creative Nonfiction

Author : Philip Gerard
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Writing creative nonfiction intertwines journalistic truth and literary techniques to tell a story that is clear, accurate, and exploding with meaning. Philip Gerard artfully guides readers through the entire creative nonfiction writing process, going beyond the technical basics to address topics such as ethics, voice, and structural integrity. In response to the genre’s evolution, the latest edition includes examples to illustrate how cultural changes have influenced the way writers conduct research, approach writing, and communicate during the production of their projects. Timely, engaging, and poetic, Creative Nonfiction is the practical manual every novice and seasoned writer will want on their bookshelf.

Writing True

Author : Sondra Perl
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This book shows writers of all ages how to find and develop nonfiction topics that matter to them--in ways that make readers care too. It emphasizes writing for discovery, not just writing what one knows. It emphasizes a strong authorial presence (voice) and a convincing point of view. Most important, it not only tells but also shows how writing true involves the poet's attention to language, the fiction writer's power of storytellling, the journalist's pursuit of fact, and the scholar's reliance on research. The first part of the book offers ten practical chapters from getting started to turning first ideas into finished work. Topics include: The Power of the Notebook, Ten Ways to a Draft, Taking Shape, Finding Voice, Twenty Ways to Talk About Writing, The Craft of Revision, The Role of Research, The Ethics of Creative Nonfiction, Workshopping a Draft, and Exploring New Media. The second part of the book is an anthology of the best nonfiction writing for aspiring writers to read and study in order to write with creativity, integrity, and authenticity. Organized by form, they include Memoir, Personal Essay, Portrait, Essay of Place, Narrative Journalism, and Short Shorts. Selections represent a variety of experience from classic masters (E.B.White and George Orwell) to major contemporary writers (such as Alice Walker, Stephen Dunn, and Scott Russell Sanders) to up and coming writers (such as E.J. Levy and Amy Butcher). The anthology also includes "Stories of Craft," with five prominent writers, including Patricia Hampl and Sue Miller, describing the challenges and rewards of writing engaging nonfiction.

Creative Writing and Art History

Author : Catherine Grant
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Originally published as Volume 34, Issue 2 of Art history, 2012.

Writing Creative Nonfiction

Author : Theodore Albert Rees Cheney
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This Invaluable Primer Shows Writers How To Apply Traditional Fiction-Writing Techniques To Make Their Non-Fiction Efforts More Vibrant, Powerful, And Engrossing.

The Art of Creative Research

Author : Philip Gerard
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Everyone who writes a novel, a poem, or a memoir almost certainly conducts research along the waywhether to develop a story idea, or to capture the voice, the speech patterns, or the exact words of a character, or to ensure authenticity or accuracy of detail in describing a person, a place, an object, a setting. This kind of experiential research is an art form of its own, and this book is the first to treat it as such. Addressing writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, Philip Gerard covers all the different kinds of archives that might inform creative work, including historical documents, site visits, interviews, and memory. He offers practical tips for drawing on these different types of sources, including such mundane matters as planning and budgeting for travel costs, arranging access in advance, and troubleshooting when plans go awry. And he illustrates how the insights gleaned from research can be incorporated into stories, poems, and nonfiction using examples from a wide range of writers."

The Ekphrastic Writer

Author : Janée J. Baugher
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A common definition of ekphrasis is descriptive writing influenced by the visual arts. Beyond the written word, however, responding to art can engender self-reflection, creativity, and help writers to build characters, plot, and setting. This book unites the history and tradition of ekphrasis, its conventions, the writing process, and multi-genre writing prompts. In addition to subjects such as early art engagement, psychology, and the eye-brain-perception relationship, this book discusses artists' creative processes, tools, and techniques, and offers instruction on how to read art by way of deep-looking.

The Art of Writing

Author : Sandra Bark
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A complete kit designed to help readers develop their writing skills and stimulate new ideas includes The Art of Writing, a guide designed to help writers get started that includes tips on writing techniques, avoiding creative blocks, and other essential skills; thirty cards with daily writing exercises; and a blank book and pen. Original. 17,500 first printing.

True Stories Well Told

Author : Lee Gutkind
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Creative nonfiction is the literary equivalent of jazz: it’s a rich mix of flavors, ideas, voices, and techniques—some newly invented, and others as old as writing itself. This collection of 20 gripping, beautifully-written nonfiction narratives is as diverse as the genre Creative Nonfiction magazine has helped popularize. Contributions by Phillip Lopate, Brenda Miller, Carolyn Forche, Toi Derricotte, Lauren Slater and others draw inspiration from everything from healthcare to history, and from monarch butterflies to motherhood. Their stories shed light on how we live.

The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing

Author : David Morley
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Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

Author : B. Minh Nguyen
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This anthology brings together 50 diverse works of contemporary creative nonfiction, from memoirs to personal essays to literary journalism, along with 15 craft essays.

Creative Writing

Author : Casey Calbough
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A simple guide to creative writing Unlock your creativity with Idiot's Guides: Creative Writing, the perfect tool for mastering the art of putting all your ideas and thoughts down on paper. Whether you're a creative writing student or someone bursting with ideas for stories and poetry, then look no further. This guide is great for all budding writers, no matter the genre. Hone your writing skills and unleash your ideas with an understanding of all the fundamental elements that make up great writing, such as plot, characters, point of view, setting, dialogue, style and theme. With step-by-step instructions and helpful writing prompts Idiot's Guide: Creative Writing will help prevent you from ever suffering from writer's block again. Whether you are into novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, poetry or nonfiction, Idiot's Guide: Creative Writing will help you master the basics. Perfect for all budding poets, playwrights and writers, Idiot's Guides: Creative Writing will help your creativity flourish.

The Art of Writing Nonfiction

Author : André Fontaine
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This book explores and describes the process of interpretive journalism and how it is properly done. It will be of practical value to journalism students as well as practicing journalists who want to expand their artistic horizons.

The Truth of the Matter

Author : Dinty W. Moore
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This introduction to creative nonfiction examines the building blocks of nonfiction prose one by one, illustrating how individual voice and narrative strategies delineate this literary form from conventional nonfiction. Individual chapters are devoted to detail and description, characterization and scene, distinctive voice, intimate point-of-view, and the various ways in which writers discover the significance or universality of their work. Essays from contemporary nonfiction writers such as Henry Louis Gates, Norma Elia Cantú, Pico Iyer, Joan Didion, and others are integrated directly into the text to illustrate concepts.

Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Author : Sean Prentiss
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Whatever genre you are writing in – whether it's travel writing, memoir or sports journalism – this book will show you how you can improve your craft and your creative nonfiction writing. Bringing together in one accessible volume advice by two widely published writers and teachers and an anthology of great contemporary nonfiction for you to learn from, Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writers' Guide and Anthology also includes: · Writing prompts and exercises throughout to help develop your writing skills and techniques · Flash interviews with writers on their craft · Coverage of a wide range of genres, including nature writing, spiritual writing and memoir · Practical advice on workshopping, editing and publishing · Reflections on truth and ethics in non-fiction writing

The Nonfictionist s Guide

Author : Robert L. Root
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As a vital and growing literary genre, nonfiction impacts bestseller lists, writing programs, writersO workshops, and academic conferences on creative writing, composition/rhetoric, and literature. In a lively exploration of its poetics, The NonfictionistOs Guide examines the elements of contemporary nonfiction and suggests imaginative approaches to writing it. Beginning with a new definition of nonfiction and explanation of the nonfiction motive, Robert Root guides both readers and writers through the innovative and stimulating ways we write nonfiction now.

The Art of Nonfiction

Author : Ayn Rand
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A remarkable series of lectures on the art of creating effective nonfiction by one of the 20th century's most profound writers and thinkers--now available for the first time in print. Culled from sixteen informal lectures Ayn Rand delivered to a select audience in the late 1960s, this remarkable work offers indispensable guidance to the aspiring writer of nonfiction while providing readers with a fascinating discourse on art and creation. Based on the concept that the ability to create quality nonfiction is a skill that can be learned like any other, The Art of Nonfiction takes readers through the writing process, step-by-step, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. In these edited transcripts, Rand discusses the psychological aspects of writing, and the different roles played by the conscious and unconscious minds. From choosing a subject to polishing a draft to mastering an individual writing style--for authors of theoretical works or those leaning toward journalistic reporting--this crucial resource introduces the words and ideas of one of our most enduring authors to a new generation.

Shadow Boxing

Author : Kristen Dena Iversen
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Unique in approach and content, this book presents specific definitions of the subgenres of creative nonfiction—memoir, the personal essay, literary journalism, nature writing, biography and history, and the nonfiction novel. Providing model readings to illustrate these definitions, this First Edition also offers practical writing exercises and strategies for readers to apply what they are learning in each subgenre. For professionals with a career or interest in writing, journalism, education, publishing, and/or media.

At the End of Life

Author : Lee Gutkind
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What should medicine do when it can’t save your life? The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone dies—and although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, more than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities. At the End of Life—the latest collaborative book project between the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation—tackles this conundrum head on. Featuring twenty-two compelling personal-medical narratives, the collection explores death, dying and palliative care, and highlights current features, flaws and advances in the healthcare system. Here, a poet and former hospice worker reflects on death’s mysteries; a son wanders the halls of his mother’s nursing home, lost in the small absurdities of the place; a grief counselor struggles with losing his own grandfather; a medical intern traces the origins and meaning of time; a mother anguishes over her decision to turn off her daughter’s life support and allow her organs to be harvested; and a nurse remembers many of her former patients. These original, compelling personal narratives reveal the inner workings of hospitals, homes and hospices where patients, their doctors and their loved ones all battle to hang on—and to let go.