Creating Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 031244706X
ISBN-13: 9780312447069
Edition: 2009
List price: $65.99
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Description: Creative nonfiction prose that fuses the conventions of reportage with the aesthetics of literature and the passion for self-expression is emerging as one of the most important contemporary genres, one that captures the imagination and commitment  More...

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Book details

List price: $65.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 2/4/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 832
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Creative nonfiction prose that fuses the conventions of reportage with the aesthetics of literature and the passion for self-expression is emerging as one of the most important contemporary genres, one that captures the imagination and commitment of student writers.Creating Nonfictionprovides everything students need to begin to understand and write creative nonfiction: an engaging rhetoric, an unsurpassed anthology, and a wealth of editorial features that inspire writing.

Becky Bradway is a college professor and creative writer whose creative nonfiction essays and short stories have appeared in DoubleTake, North American Review, and American Fiction, among other publications. She lives in Normal, Illinois with husband, three children, and assorted pets. After working as an editor, secretary, janitor, Dairy Queen server, and UPS clerk, she now teaches creative writing and U.S. Studies at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.Raymond Bial, professional photographer and author, has published more than thirty critically acclaimed books of photographs for children and adults. These include a series of books on Native American tribes, and other titles of interest, most recently including A Handful of Dirt, The Ghost of Honeymoon Creek, Ghost Towns of the American West, and One-Room School. He lives with his wife and three children in Urbana, Illinois.Katharine E. Wright, a former zookeeper, has taught creative writing, ESL, and children's literature at several universities. She now lives in State College, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.

Preface
Contents
Alternative Contents by Topic
Alternative Contents by Subgenre
Alternative Contents by Techniques and Strategies
Meanings
Defining Creative Nonfiction
A Visit to the Bookstore
What Creative Nonfiction is Probably Not
Kinds of Creative Nonfiction
A Brief History
Memoir
The Essay
Critiques, Rants, and Reviews
Lyric and Reflective Essays
Place Writing
The City Essay
Literary Journalism
Craft
Form
Elements of Form
General Principles
Beginnings
Middles
Endings
Formal Options
Description
Description of a Place
Description of an Ordinary Thing or Activity
Description of a Person
Description That Moves the Action
Description for Its Own Sake
Dialogue
Dialogue Tags
Creating Mood Through Dialogue
Style
Varieties of Style
Punctuation
Rhythm and Style
Repetition
Point of View
Revision
Figuring Out What it Needs
Revision Challenges Confronted by All Writers
Revising After a Piece is Accepted
Two Examples of Revised Work
Research
Written Sources
Types of Sources
Incorporating Sources
When do Writers Research?
Interviewing
Whom to Interview
Composing the Questions
Face to Face or Far Away?
Scrawls and Transcriptions
Literary Journalism and the Interview
Interviewing People You Know
Putting it All Together
Ideas for Writing
In Class or On Your Own
Classroom Ideas for Writing
Anthology
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Interview with Steve Almond
"A Path Taken, with All the Certainty of Youth"
"If I had suspected anything about the role I would be expected to fulfill, not just as a writer, but as a female writer-how irrevocably doomed!--I would have flung my leaky blue blob-making ballpoint pen across the room����

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