You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction–from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between

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Da Capo Lifelong Books #ad - Whether you're writing a rags-to-riches tell-all memoir or literary journalism, telling true stories well is hard work. Invaluable tools and exercises illuminate key steps, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product. From "the godfather behind creative nonfiction" Vanity Fair comes this indispensable how-to for nonfiction writers of all levels and genres, "reminiscent of Stephen King's fiction handbook On Writing" Kirkus.

Offering new ways of understanding the genre, this practical guidebook will help you thoroughly expand and stylize your work. In you can't make this stuff up, lee gutkind, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, offers his unvarnished wisdom to help you craft the best writing possible. Frank, and always entertaining, to-the-point, Gutkind describes and illustrates every aspect of the genre.

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Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing

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University of Chicago Press #ad - Yet writers looking for guidance on reporting and writing true stories have had few places to turn for advice. Revealing the stories behind the stories, anecdotes, Hart brings readers into the process of developing nonfiction narratives by sharing tips, and recommendations he forged during his decades-long career in journalism.

With examples that draw from magazine essays, documentaries, and radio programs, book-length nonfiction narratives, Storycraft will be an indispensable resource for years to come. From there, styles, genres, he expands the discussion to other well-known writers to show the broad range of texts, and media to which his advice applies.

Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing #ad - From the work of the new journalists in the 1960s, to blockbuster book-length narratives such as Mary Roach’s Stiff or Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City, to the New Yorker essays of John McPhee, Atul Gawande, and a host of others, Susan Orlean, narrative nonfiction has come into its own. Now in storycraft, a former managing editor of the Oregonian who guided several Pulitzer Prize–winning narratives to publication, Jack Hart, delivers what will certainly become the definitive guide to the methods and mechanics of crafting narrative nonfiction.

Hart covers what writers in this genre need to know, from understanding story theory and structure, revising, and character, to mastering point of view and such basic elements as scene, to drafting, action, and editing work for publication.

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Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University

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Plume #ad - . The essays contain important counsel for new and career journalists, as well as for freelance writers, radio producers, and memoirists. Packed with refreshingly candid and insightful recommendations, Telling True Stories will show anyone fascinated by the art of writing nonfiction how to bring people, scenes, and ideas to life on the page.

More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, including:• tom wolfe on the emotional core of the story• Gay Talese on writing about private lives• Malcolm Gladwell on the limits of profiles• Nora Ephron on narrative writing and screenwriters• Alma Guillermoprieto on telling the story and telling the truth• Dozens of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists from the Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and more .

Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University #ad - Interested in journalism and creative writing and want to write a book? Read inspiring stories and practical advice from America’s most respected journalists. The country’s most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvard’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Telling true stories presents their best advice—covering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories, to writing and selling your first book.

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Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present

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Touchstone #ad - Levy, barry lopez, phillip lopate, brenda miller, lee Martin, Thomas Lynch, Rebecca McCLanahan, Erin McGraw, John McPhee, Dinty W. Cox, adam hochschild, lucy grealy, anthony farrington, william harrison, mark doty, Barbara Kingsolver, Diane Glancy, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Tony Earley, Jamaica Kincaid, Brian Doyle, Sara Levine, Ted Kooser, Robin Hemley, Annie Dillard, E.

J. Contributers include: jo ann beard, mary clearman blew, eula Biss, Bernard Cooper, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Janet Burroway, Wendell Berry, Charles Bowden, Anne Carson, Michael W. From memoir to journalism, david sedaris, with pieces by fifty contemporary writers including Cheryl Strayed, Barbara Kingsolver, this indispensable anthology brings together works from all genres of creative nonfiction, personal essays to cultural criticism, and more.

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present #ad - Selected by five hundred writers, and creative writing teachers from across the country, English professors, this collection includes only the most highly regarded nonfiction work published since 1970. Moore, lia purpura, david sedaris, sue william silverman, cheryl strayed, richard selzer, Richard Rhodes, Floyd Skloot, Lauren Slater, Kathleen Norris, Ryan Van Meter, Bill Roorbach, Amy Tan, David Foster Wallace, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Joy Williams.

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The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality Wiley Books for Writers

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Wiley #ad - The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality Wiley Books for Writers #ad - A complete guide to the art and craft of creative nonfiction--from one of its pioneer practitionersThe challenge of creative nonfiction is to write the truth in a style that is as accurate and informative as reportage, provocative, yet as personal, and dramatic as fiction. In this one-of-a-kind guide, teacher, award-winning author, pointed advice on every aspect of writing and selling your work, and editor Lee Gutkind gives you concise, essayist, 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.

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True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine

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In Fact Books #ad - This collection of 20 gripping, beautifully-written nonfiction narratives is as diverse as the genre Creative Nonfiction magazine has helped popularize. Their stories shed light on how we live. Creative nonfiction is the literary equivalent of jazz: it’s a rich mix of flavors, and techniques—some newly invented, ideas, voices, and others as old as writing itself.

. Contributions by phillip lopate, carolyn forche, Brenda Miller, Toi Derricotte, Lauren Slater and others draw inspiration from everything from healthcare to history, and from monarch butterflies to motherhood.

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Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life

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Waveland Press, Inc. #ad - Timely, and poetic, engaging, Creative Nonfiction is the practical manual every novice and seasoned writer will want on their bookshelf. 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, approach writing, the latest edition includes examples to illustrate how cultural changes have influenced the way writers conduct research, and communicate during the production of their projects.

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To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction

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Free Press #ad - To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction #ad - Distinguished author phillip lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as “one of our best personal essayists” Dallas Morning News. Here, combining more than forty years of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, he brings us this highly anticipated nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction.

A phenomenal master class shaped by lopate’s informative, insightful, accessible tone and immense gift for storytelling, To Show and To Tell reads like a long walk with a favorite professor—refreshing, and encouraging in often unexpected ways.

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Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction

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Writer's Digest Books #ad - This hands-on, creativity-expanding guide will help you infuse your nonfiction with honesty, personality, and energy. While some people persist in the belief that essays are stuffy and antiquated, the truth is that the personal essay is an ever-changing creative medium that provides an ideal vehicle for satisfying the human urge to document truths as we experience them and share them with others—to capture a bit of life on paper.

Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction #ad - Crafting the personal essay is designed to help you explore the flexibility and power of the personal essay in your own writing. You'll discover:   • an exploration of the basics of essay writing   • ways to step back and scrutinize your experiences in order to separate out what may be fresh, and sample essays, surprising or fascinating to a reader   • How to move past private "journaling" and write for an audience   • How to write eight different types of essays including memoir, exercises, humor, powerful, travel, and nature essays among others   • Instruction for revision and strategies for getting published Brimming with helpful examples, this indispensable guide will help your personal essays transcend the merely private to become powerfully universal.

. Award winning essayist scott russell sanders once compared the art of essay writing to "the pursuit of mental rabbits"—a rambling through thickets of thought in search of some brief glimmer of fuzzy truth.

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The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild

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Little, Brown Spark #ad - With beautiful illustrations and practical sidebars on everything from animal tracking to opossum removal, and respect for the urban wild, The Urban Bestiary is a lyrical book that awakens wonder, delight, and our place within it. Haupt's observations bring compelling new questions to light: whose "home" is this? where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? In this wholly original blend of science, and memoir, story, myth, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not.

The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild #ad - In the urban bestiary, raccoons, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, hawks, chickens, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. From the bestselling author of Crow Planet, a compelling journey into the secret lives of the wild animals at our back door.

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Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit

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Milkweed Editions #ad - What is inherent in animals that leads us to destroy, and what that leads us toward peace? As human animals, how does art both define us as a species and how does it emerge primarily from our relationship with other species? The reader emerges with a transformed sense of how the living world around us has defined and continues to define us in a powerful way.

Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit #ad - . Humans were surrounded by other animals from the beginning of time: they were food, clothes, adversaries, jokes, companions, and gods. And yet, our companions in evolution are leaving the world — both as physical beings and spiritual symbols — and not returning. In this collection of linked essays, alison hawthorne deming asks, and seeks to answer: what does the disappearance of animals mean for human imagination and existence? Moving from mammoth hunts to dying house cats, she explores profound questions about what it means to be animal.

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