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Writing True : The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction

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9780618370757

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0618370757
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Pub. Date:
9/1/2005
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Heinle
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
About the Authors xix
Part One Writing Creative Nonfiction
1(178)
Why Creative Nonfiction?
2(18)
Nonfiction Plus
4(5)
An Umbrella Term
9(1)
The Subgenres
10(4)
Ways In . . .
14(6)
The Power of the Notebook
20(13)
Forgetting about Correctness
22(1)
Recording Plenty of Details
23(1)
Capturing the Small Moments
24(1)
Writing to Surprise Yourself
25(1)
Exploring ``How It Felt to Me''
26(1)
Gathering New Information
27(2)
Adding Visuals
29(1)
Experimenting with High-Tech Approaches
29(1)
Ways In . . .
30(3)
Ten Ways to a Draft
33(13)
Rereading the Notebook
34(1)
Freelisting
34(2)
Line Starters
36(1)
Memory Chain
37(1)
Clustering
38(1)
Using Photographs
39(2)
Mapmaking
41(1)
Doing Personal Search
42(1)
Making a Timeline
42(2)
A Guide to Felt Sense
44(1)
What's Next?
44(1)
Ways In . . .
45(1)
Taking Shape
46(18)
The Power of Rereading
48(2)
Scene, Summary, and Reflection
50(3)
A Word About Riffs
53(1)
A Repertoire of Forms
54(4)
More on the Segmented Essay
58(3)
Ways In . . .
61(3)
Finding Voice
64(21)
Who Am I in This Story?
67(1)
The Voice of Innocence Versus the Voice of Experience
68(1)
Other Duets of Self
69(2)
Where Does ``I'' Stand?
71(2)
The Need for Outside Voices
73(2)
How to Find the ``Right'' Voice
75(1)
A Question of Authenticity
76(1)
Ways In . . .
77(8)
Twenty Ways to Talk About Creative Nonfiction
80(5)
Workshopping a Draft
85(21)
Starting Out in a Writing Group
86(1)
Active Listening
87(2)
Beyond Active Listening
89(1)
A Writing Group at Work
90(3)
Principles for Responding
93(4)
The Rhythm of a Writing Group
97(4)
After Three or Four Meetings
101(1)
Editing Groups
101(1)
Variations on Group Work
102(1)
Responding as a Social Act
103(1)
Ways In . . .
104(2)
The Craft of Revision
106(23)
The Situation and the Story
107(2)
Picasso's Bulls
109(1)
Knowing Your Writing and Rewriting Style
110(3)
Revision for Better---or Worse
113(2)
Three Versions of One Opening
115(1)
The Rewriter's Concerns
116(6)
The Rewriter's Toolbox
122(3)
Revision in Action
125(3)
Ways In . . .
128(1)
A Lighter Touch --- or Other Ways to Tell a Story
129(14)
The Role of Humor
131(2)
Visual Attractions
133(6)
Options in Multi-Media
139(1)
Multi-Genre Pieces
140(1)
A Word of Caution
141(1)
Ways In . . .
141(2)
The Role of Research
143(20)
Become a Researcher, Whatever the Subject
145(3)
Writing So the Seams Don't Show
148(2)
How Much Is Enough?
150(3)
A Word About Plagiarism
153(1)
Seven Ways to Gather Information
154(6)
Some Final Words
160(1)
Ways In . . .
160(3)
The Ethics of Creative Nonfiction
163(16)
The Intent to Write True
164(2)
Emotional Truth Versus Factual Truth
166(1)
Selection and Omission
167(2)
Where's the Line on Storytelling Techniques?
169(3)
What We Owe Our Readers
172(2)
Writing About Family
174(2)
Writing About Everyone Else
176(1)
What the Law Says
177(1)
One Last Word
177(1)
Ways In . . .
178(1)
Part Two Reading Creative Nonfiction
179(197)
A Preface to Our Anthology
180(2)
Memoir
182(36)
``Independence Day, Manley Hot Springs, Alaska''
183(8)
Lisa Chavez
``Somehow Form a Family''
191(9)
Tony Earley
``A Few Words About Breasts''
200(8)
Nora Ephron
``Let It Snow''
208(2)
David Sedaris
``Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self''
210(8)
Alice Walker
Personal Essay
218(45)
``Chimera''
219(8)
Gerald N. Callahan
``Being Brians''
227(7)
Brian Doyle
``Notes of a Native Speaker''
234(3)
Eric Liu
``Under the Influence''
237(13)
Scott Russell Sanders
``Warring Memories''
250(5)
Kandi Tayebi
``Snakebit''
255(8)
Connie Wieneke
Portrait
263(21)
from The Winged Seed
264(7)
Li-Young Lee
``Dinner at Uncle Boris''
271(4)
Charles Simic
``The Miss Dennis School of Writing''
275(5)
Alice Steinbach
``Going to the Movies''
280(4)
Susan Allen Toth
Essay of Place
284(19)
``Island''
285(2)
Gretel Ehrlich
``Living al Chuco''
287(2)
Dagoberto Gilb
``Moments of Being: An Antarctic Quintet''
289(9)
Gretchen Legler
``The Port Authority''
298(5)
Colson Whitehead
Literary Journalism
303(23)
``Do Doctors Eat Brains?''
304(5)
Anne Fadiman
from Among Schoolchildren
309(5)
Tracy Kidder
``Meet the Shaggs''
314(12)
Susan Orlean
Stories of Craft
326(37)
``Memory and Imagination''
327(11)
Patricia Hampl
``The Art of Interruption''
338(2)
Steven Harvey
``From a Lecture on Revision''
340(13)
Sue Miller
``The Writer as Professional Eavesdropper''
353(10)
Kim Stafford
Short Shorts
363(13)
``Roommates''
364(2)
Max Apple
``Tino & Papi''
366(1)
Norma Elia Cantu
``Lost''
367(2)
Elizabeth Danson
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
369(1)
Alexander Fuller
``Rain''
370(1)
Kathleen Norris
``Water''
371(3)
Maureen Stanton
``Buzzard''
374(2)
Bailey White
Notes on Contributors for Writing True 376(7)
Appendix: Resources to Know About 383(7)
Index 390


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