Sierra Club: Nature Writing Handbook: A Creative Guideby John A. Murray
This newest volume in the Sierra Club's acclaimed The series includes autobiographical writings, essays, short stories, and poetry that communicate a passion for nature which enhances our appreciation of a wide range of landscapes and wildlife. Diverse in mood and setting, the nineteen selections, including seven in print for the first time, represent the best of the genre.
Readers will delight in Chip Rawlins's memoir of life in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, Dan O'Brien's tale of falconry on the Great Plains, David Rains Wallace's exploration of the Darien, Barry Lopez's essay on the coral reefs of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and Marybeth Holleman's evocative essay on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.
Other contributors are Rick Bass, SueEllen Campbell, Lisa Couturier, John Daniel, Jan Grover, Penny Harter, Adele Ne Jame, Homer Kizer, W. S. Merwin, David Petersen, April N. Rieveschl, Alianor True, Louise Wagenknecht, and Terry Tempest Williams.
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Don't let the nature title fool you. Murray does a great job of giving the creative nonfiction writer most of what he or she needs to produce a wide range of articles and books. With chapters like The Writing Process, Word Pictures, Language, Storytelling, even Fiction and Poetry, this is more than just a walk in the woods. I like this book because of its simplicity and clarity. It's not an exhaustive treatment. It's the kind of book the neophyte can read and apply immediately, while experienced writers will want to reread it a couple of times a year just to reorient their creative compasses.