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Winding Roads Exercises in Writing Creative Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 0321429893
ISBN-13: 9780321429896
Edition: 2008
Authors: Diane Thiel
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Book details

List price: $79.20
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Beginning: Points of Inspiration
Keeping a Journal
Family Stories: History as Heartbeat
Memory and Imagination
Telling Lies to Tell the Truth
Making the Old Story New
A Picture Brings Forth a Thousand Words
Object Lessons
Exercises for Developing Craft and Technique
Voice and Style
Finding Your True Subjects
A Question of Style
Conditional Voice
Breaking the Rules
Perspective and Point of View
How You See It; How You Don't: Defining Perspective and Point of View
A Communal Story: Using Multiple Perspectives
Innocent Perspective
Using Biography
Detail, Image, and Symbol
Detailing a Narrative
Turning Abstractions into Images and Action
Using All of Your Senses
Writing from Art
Symbols, not Cymbals
Figurative Language
Diction
Origins of Words
Foreign Flavor
Simplify
Tell-tale Dialect
Setting
Setting with Personality
Setting from Family History
Setting Your Hometown
Creating Tension
Foundations of Tension
Plot
A Spell of Trouble: Conflict and Tension
Reversing the Action
Trading Characters, Settings, and Conflicts
Reverberating Closure
Rhythm
Finding Your Rhythm: Poetry in Prose
Song and Story
Listening to Nature
Character and Dialogue
Populating a Piece
Inside a Character's Mind
Compelling Characters
Dialogue Dropping from the Eaves
Exercises for Exploring Revision, Subgenres, and Frequent Concerns of Creative Nonfiction
Revision
Rereading, Reimagining, Reshaping
What's in a Name: Finding a Title
Revision: Beyond the Frame
Revision: Reimagining Character and Conflict
Creating Scenes: A Revision Narrative
Workshop: Thirteen Ways of Looking for Revision
Exploring the Subgenres of Creative Nonfiction
From Memory to Memoir
Researching a Life: Biographical Sketch
Personal Opinion: Taking a Stand
Living Sources: Gathering and Using Information
Reflective Writing: Reflecting on the World
Writing About Place
A Piece of History
Exploring Frequent Concerns of Creative Nonfiction
Finding the Emotional Truth
Writing Between the Lines: Subtext
Time Lines and the Larger Context
The Passage of Time
Vignettes
Mapping Your Memory
Writing Inside the Story: Metawriting
A Collection of Creative Nonfiction
"The Truth About Truffles"
"Superman and Me"
"Why I Love Tourists: Confessions of a Dharma Bum"
"An Entrance to the Woods"
"Myth & Uncertainty" from To Prove My Blood: A Tale of Emigration and the Afterlife
Excerpt from In Patagonia
"Silent Dancing"
"A Son in Shadow"
"Westbury Court"
"Bilingual/Bilingue
"Splendor and Squalor" from Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands
"Lonely Impulse of Delight: One Reader's Childhood"
"Documented/Undocumented"
"The Flying Man"
"Biography of a Dress"
"Three Pokes of a Thistle"
"Looking at Aaron" from What Becomes You by Aaron Raz Link and Hilda Raz
"Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination"
"A Modest Proposal"
"Mother Tongue"
"Crossing the Border" from The White Horse: A Colombian Journey
"Walking"
from Mississippi: An American Journey
Writers About the Art of Creative Nonfiction
"Nine Beginnings"
"The Creative Nonfiction Police"
"Making the Truth Believable"
"Toward a Definition of Creative Nonfiction"
"Other People's Memories"
"Humor Incarnate"
Index
Credits

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