Writing True The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 0618370757

ISBN-13: 9780618370757

Edition: 2006

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Description: This innovative book teaches students how to write informative and engaging nonfiction that emphasizes voice and creativity and incorporates observation, research, memory, and point of view. "Writing True "serves as a valuable core textbook or a supplement for any creative writing or composition course with an emphasis on creative nonfiction. A solid pedagogical approach shows students how to be true to capturing the real world with integrity and creativity. The first part of the book, "Writing Creative Nonfiction," offers ten chapters of practical guidance, skill-building exercises, and ideas to help writers develop their creativity. The second part of the book, "Reading Creative Nonfiction," contains an anthology divided into Memoir, Personal Essay, Portrait, Essay of Place, and Literary Journalism. Selections include works by Nora Ephron, Tracy Kidder, Eric Liu, David Sedaris, and other well-known masters of the creative nonfiction genre. The anthology also includes a section entitled "Stories of Craft," with four prominent writers, including John Irving and Sue Miller, describing the challenges and rewards of writing creative nonfiction.Chapters in the first part of the book can be used in different sequences along with the reading anthology, depending on the course. Class testers have used this book in a wide variety of classes.The exercises in the unique "Ways In "feature conclude each chapter of Part I, "Writing Creative Nonfiction," and give students ways to test what they are learning and practice chapter ideas and strategies.The authors emphasize the use of a journal or daybook as a key tool for creative nonfiction writers who discover their themes by writing first andfiguring out why afterwards.The authors explain how to read a draft--one's own and others'--and how to give and receive feedback on works-in-progress.The glossary, "Twenty Ways to Talk About Creative Nonfiction," helps both new and experienced writers establish the common vocabulary essential in workshop settings.In their coverage on using visuals and combining genres, the authors provide guidance on how to incorporate humor and images as well as other genres such as collage and graphic memoir.The authors cover the difficult, controversial ethical questions involved in writing creative nonfiction, such as: "Where is the line between fact and fiction? What are the ethics of creative nonfiction? How can we best handle writing about people we know?"

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Book details

List price: $92.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 9/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Sondra Perl, Ph.D., is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she coordinates the Ph.D. program in composition and rhetoric. An acclaimed teacher and a Guggenheim Fellow, Dr. Perl has been leading writing workshops on college campuses and in universities, in North America and abroad, for over 20 years.

Mimi is the author of five books, most recently, Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village, a winner of the ForeWord Magazine for Best Memoir in 2008. Other books include Writing for Many Roles; Writer's Craft, Teacher's Art; and Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed, a memoir about life in a long marriage, what you get and give up for it that was a JCC Book Club Pick for nonfiction in 2002. Mimi's short work has appeared in over fifty venues, both academic (College English, English Journal, Chronicles of Higher Ed) and literary (The Missouri Review, Agni, Brevity, Tikkun, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, Arts & Culture, River Teeth, Calyx, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times). Seven essays have been Notables in Best American Essays. Professor Emerita in Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Mimi teaches writing workshops in creative nonfiction nationwide and abroad. For more information, go to www.MimiSchwartz.net.

Writing Creative Nonfiction
Why Creative Nonfiction?
The Power of the Notebook
Ten Ways to a Draft
Taking Shape
Finding Voice Twenty Ways to Talk about Creative Nonfiction
Workshopping a Draft
The Craft of Revision
A Lighter Touch--or Other Ways to Tell a Story
The Role of Research
The Ethics of Creative Nonfiction
Reading Creative Nonfiction
A Preface to Our Anthology
Memoir Lisa Chavez, ""Independence Day, Manley Hot Springs, Alaska"" Tony Earley, ""S
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