Tell It Slant Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 0072512784

ISBN-13: 9780072512786

Edition: 2004

Authors: Brenda Miller, Suzanne Paola

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Creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing segment in the writing market. Yet, the majority of writing guides are geared toward poetry and fiction writers. "Tell It Slant "fills the gap. Designed for aspiring nonfiction writers, this much-needed reference provides practical guidance, writing exercises, and a detailed discussion of the range of subcategories that make up the genre, including memoir, travel writing, investigative reporting, and more.
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List price: $50.94
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction
How to Use This Book
Introduction: Where to Begin?
The Foundations of Creative Nonfiction
Scene Versus Exposition Specificity and Detail Developing Character
Dialogue Point of View Image and Metaphor
The Rhythm of Your Sentences
Try It Suggestions for Further Reading
The Particular Challenges of Creative Nonfiction
The "I" and The Eye: Framing Experience
The Autobiographical Act
The Pact with the Reader: Creating Trust
The Permutations of "Truth" Cueing the Reader
Some Pitfalls to Avoid: "Revenge Prose" and "The Therapist’s Couch."
Try It Suggestions for Further Reading
Unearthing Your Material
The Body of Memory
The Earliest Memory
Metaphorical Memory
"Muscle Memory"
The Five Senses of Memory
Try It Suggestions for Further Reading
Writing the Family Situating
Yourself in Relationship to Family
The Use of Form
The Writer as Biographer
The Obstacle Course
Permission to Speak Bearing Witness
Try It Suggestions for Further Reading
"Taking Place": Writing the Physical World
Start Looking
Writing About Home Setting
Scenes: Place As Character Writing
About Nature
Writing About the Environment Witnesses to our World Travel
Writing Try It
Gathering the Threads of History
Our Historical, Universal Selves
The Ontological Layer
You Are A "Privileged Observer"
The Moose At The Window
The "When" In Addition to "What"
Try It Suggestions for Further Reading
Writing the Arts
The Visual Arts
The Moving Image Arts
Music Literature: The "Reading Narrative"
Try It Suggestions for Further Reading
Writing the Larger World
Turning Outward: Finding Your Material
Outside of the Self Science
The Layperson’s Approach
The Expert’s Approach
Sports Writing
The Myriad Things Around Us
The Essay of Ideas
Try It Suggestions for Further Readings
The Forms of Creative Nonfiction
The Personal Essay
The Personal Essay Tradition
The Ways Essays
Work Memoir Literary or New Journalism
The Sketch or Portrait
The Persuasive Essay
Humor Capacity of the Personal Essay
Try It Suggestions for Further Reading
The Lyric Essay
What is the Lyric Essay?
The Role of Intuition
Finding the "Container": Forms of the Lyric Essay
Flash Nonfiction Collage
The Braided Essay
The "Hermit Crab" Essay
Try It Suggestions for Further Reading
The Elements of Personal Reportage Cultivating
The Need To Know Using Fact As Metaphor
Researching a Key Fact Or Detail
Working With Immersion Developing
Interview Skills
Developing Print
Research Skills
Winnowing Down
Try It Suggestions for Further Reading
The Writing Process and Revision
The Drafting Process
Global Revision vs. Line Editing
Awareness of Audience
Three Quick Fixes for Stronger Prose
An Example of the Writing Process
Try It Suggestions for Further Readings
Last Words
The Anthology
Preface to the Anthology
Atwood, Margaret
"Nine Beginnings"
"My Children Explain the Big Issues"
"Notes of a Native Son"
"So Long Ago"
"The Fourth State of Matter"
"Enterance to the Woods"
"The Fine Art of Sighing"
"Goodbye To All That"
"Total Eclipse"
"The Mickey Mantle Koan"
"The Measure of My Powers" and "A Thing Shar"
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