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eBook Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction ePub

by Suzanne Paola,Brenda Miller

  • ISBN: 0072512784
  • Category: Writing Research and Publishing Guides
  • Subcategory: Reference
  • Author: Suzanne Paola,Brenda Miller
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 1 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 464
  • ePub book: 1763 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1575 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 958

Description

I don't want to write it as fiction but creating interesting nonfiction is a fine line to walk. This book teaches how to do just that.

I don't want to write it as fiction but creating interesting nonfiction is a fine line to walk.

Tell It Slant approaches writing creative nonfiction in a way I would cal. omforting. Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola are both writing teachers and accomplished writers themselves. They offer not only advice but their own experience with writing, their own creative texts, and also their own insights in a way that makes successful writing seem within reach. Tell It Slant approaches writing creative nonfiction in a way I would cal.

Brenda Miller The award-winning authors of Tell It Slant stretch your writing muscles as they reveal the specialized art of creative nonfiction.

Breathe life into your nonfiction writing using the wisdom and advice in this inspirational guide every writer should own. When the poet Emily Dickinson wrote, "Tell all the Truth but tell it Slant," she provided today’s writers of creative nonfiction some sound advice: tell the truth but don’t become mere transcribers of day-to-day life. Artistic truth offers a depth and vibrancy that goes beyond the everyday. The award-winning authors of Tell It Slant stretch your writing muscles as they reveal the specialized art of creative nonfiction.

Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola. This comprehensive book offers instructional chapters, as well as writing prompts and guidance for supplemental reading.

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 Slantfills 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. Outstanding book for any one serious about learning the craft of creative non-fiction writing (memoirs, personal essays, nature essays, et.

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Brenda Miller, Suzanne Paola. com and author of "Writing and Publishing Personal Essays". When the poet Emily Dickinson wrote, "Tell all the Truth but tell it Slant," she provided today's writers of creative nonfiction some sound advice: tell the truth but don't become mere transcribers of day-to-day life.

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Tell It Slant fills the gap. Designed for aspiring nonfiction writers, this much-needed reference . The award-winning authors of Tell It Slant stretch your writing muscles as they reveal the specialized art of creative nonfiction

Tell It Slant fills the gap.

Demonstrating the range of creative nonfiction from memoir to travel writing to the lyric essay, Tell It Slant combines practical guidance with an illustrative anthology of 34 essays from Margaret Atwood, David Sedaris, E.B. White, Virginia Woolf, and others. The result is a stimulating collection of writing and activities that makes it easy and enjoyable for students to begin to write and to try new modes of writing.

Comments

Akinonris Akinonris
I'm surprised I'm the first person to review this book! Having recently read a half-dozen other titles on the subject, I find myself coming back to this one again and again. If you want to start writing creative nonfiction RIGHT NOW, this is the book for you. It's extremely well-written and accessible.

Each chapter offers plenty of exercises for the individual writer and variations on the exercises for writing groups. All of the various forms of creative nonfiction are explained, as well as the challenges they entail.

The authors divide the book into three major parts focusing on "unearthing" the material, the forms of creative nonfiction, and "honing your craft." They discuss such topics as sentence rhythm, exposition versus scene, the pitfalls of "revenge prose," basics of good writing, mining your memory, and writing groups.

There is a very good bibliography and plenty of brief examples of other writers' work. In short, a wealth of information can be found between the covers of this slim 185-page book. Buy this book before you buy any other book on writing creative nonfiction.
Murn Murn
This is a about memoirs and personal essays. I read the words creative nonfiction on the cover and thought it was covering different territory, more like Story Craft by Jack Hart, Gutkind's You Can't Make this Stuff Up, Follow the Story by James Stewart, or Barry Newman's News to Me.

Future memoirist? You are in the right place - good pick. Want to know how to write other kinds of creative nonfiction? Keep moving.
Perilanim Perilanim
I am not as impressed with this book as other are. I think some elements are helpful, especially the parts about how memoir is not always truth telling as in factual information. But I suspect that people would gain just as much reading the short introduction to Richard Blanco's new memoir and then to read the book which is brilliant (and funny) as anything in this book. I think many of the exercises suggested are trite. I am a retired English teacher (high school and college level) who values writing as a product. And many of those exercises are trite.
Ann Ann
Love this text. Very helpful and a breath of fresh air, distinct from the hard line "facts and nothing but the facts written only in a neutral style" called for in a lot of the journalistic nonfiction writing manuals. I sought out this older edition especially because it contains short essays by a wide variety of authors in the final section - the newer edition eliminated that and only includes writing by the two authors.
Levion Levion
I purchased this text because it was required reading for a creative writing class. After reading several of the chapters, I find myself disappointed with it. Although Miller and Paolo do provide a useful overview of different styles of nonfiction, as well as references to strong writers within the genre, I was less impressed with their suggestions for a new writer. The book tends towards the overly flowery, from my point of view, and has some writing prompts that I find ridiculous or overly simplistic. In a chapter on writing about family, for example, one prompt encourages the writer to "describe every member of your family in terms of a part of the body ... Look at belly buttons, fingerprints, moles, toe-nails, or tongues" (23). Another section asks the writer to create an essay around three time periods in the person's life, all written in present tense, before trying to find a connection between them. While I don't doubt that effective essays can be written around the prompts in the book, I did not find them helpful in addressing the different ideas in which I am personally invested.

I should note that I am a graduate student and have taken several nonfiction classes, so my expectations for the text are possibly different than those of someone looking for an introduction to creative nonfiction. If you want to write nonfiction but struggle to come up with your own topic, then this book's basic prompts might be helpful to get you started (before you hopefully move on to other texts). If, however, you already have ideas but want better advice on how to strengthen your actual writing, I do not recommend this work at all.

Instead, may I suggest In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction, edited by Lee Gutkind, which is a wonderful anthology of creative nonfiction? I enjoyed almost all of the essays in this collection. I found them to be far more useful and telling about great writing practices (and topics!) than most "How To" writing books.
Gamba Gamba
I'm happy to have this book in my library. Now the book is a broken in guide since my pages are marked in bright yellow marker,and notes are scratched into the margins. This book helps me stop and think about memoir, then spurs me on to keep writing.
Magis Magis
Very helpful advice for writers new and old. Purchased for an english class but rather than resell it after my class ended I decided to keep it for all of the useful tips it contains. Very well written. Very happy with my purchase.
Great text book with tons of writing prompts to choose from. If you have to get a book for class, this is a good one to be assigned.