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Crafting the Personal Essay

A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction
Moore, Dinty W. (Book - 2010)
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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. 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 is designed to help you explore the flexibility and power of the personal essay in your own writing. This hands-on, creativity-expanding guide will help you infuse your nonfiction with honesty, personality, and energy. 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, powerful, 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, travel, humor, and nature essays among others Instruction for revision and strategies for getting published Brimming with helpful examples, exercises, and sample essays, this indispensable guide will help your personal essays transcend the merely private to become powerfully universal.
Authors: Moore, Dinty W., 1955-
Title: Crafting the personal essay
a guide for writing and publishing creative nonfiction
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, 2010
Characteristics: 262 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Dinty W. Moore
Notes: Includes index
ISBN: 1582977968
9781582977966
Branch Call Number: 808.042 M8217c 2010
Subject Headings: Creative nonfiction Authorship English language Rhetoric Autobiography Authorship Essay Authorship
Topical Term: Creative nonfiction
English language
Autobiography
Essay
LCCN: 2010013106
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