Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction / Edition 1

Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction / Edition 1

by Brenda Miller, Suzanne Paola
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0072512784

ISBN-13: 9780072512786

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780072512786
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book

Introduction: Where to Begin?

Part I: The Foundations of Creative Nonfiction

Chapter One: The Basics of Good Writing in Any Form

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

Chapter Two: 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

Part II: Unearthing Your Material

Chapter Three: The Body of Memory

The Earliest Memory

Metaphorical Memory

"Muscle Memory"

The Five Senses of Memory

Try It

Suggestions for Further Reading

Chapter Four: 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

Chapter Five: "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

Chapter Six: 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"

TryIt

Suggestions for Further Reading

Chapter Seven: Writing the Arts

The Visual Arts

The Moving Image Arts

Music

Literature: The "Reading Narrative"

Try It

Suggestions for Further Reading

Chapter Eight: 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

Part III: The Forms of Creative Nonfiction

Chapter Nine: 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

Chapter Ten: 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

Chapter Eleven: 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

Chapter Twelve: 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

Part IVThe Anthology

Preface to the Anthology

Atwood, Margaret, "Nine Beginnings"

Baker, Will, "My Children Explain the Big Issues"

Baldwin, James, "Notes of a Native Son"

Bausch, Richard, "So Long Ago"

Beard, JoAnn, "The Fourth State of Matter"

Berry, Wendell, "Enterance to the Woods"

Cooper, Bernard, "The Fine Art of Sighing"

Didion, Joan, "Goodbye To All That"

Dillard, Annie, "Total Eclipse"

Duncan, David James, "The Mickey Mantle Koan"

Fisher, M.F.K., "The Measure of My Powers" and "A Thing Shared"

Goldbarth, Albert, "After Yitzl"

Gordon, Mary, "Notes on Pierre Bonnard and My Mother’s Ninetieth Birthday"

Hemley, Robin, "Reading History To My Mother"

Iyer, Pico, "Where Worlds Collide"

Kapil, Bhanu, "Three Voices"

Kingston, Maxine Hong, "No Name Woman"

LaMott, Anne, "Why I Don’t Meditate"

Morabito, Fabio, "Screw" and "Sandpaper"

Mukerjee, Bharati, "A Four-Hundred Year Old Woman"

Price, Jennifer, "A Brief Natural History of the Pink Flamingo"

Rekdal, Paisley, "The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee"

Sanders, Scott Russell, "Buckeye"

Sedaris, David, "The Drama Bug"

Selzer, Richard, "The Knife"

Simic, Charles, "The Necessity of Poetry" (or excerpted as "Three Fragments" from In Short)

Staples, Brent, "The Coroner’s Photographs"

Sutin, Lawrence, from A Postcard Memoir

Walker, Alice, "Becoming What We're Called"

White, E.B., "Afternoon of An American Boy"

Williams, Terry Tempest, "The Clan of One-Breasted Women"

Woolf, Virginia, "The Death of The Moth"

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