Winding Roads: Exercises in Writing Creative Nonfiction / Edition 1

Winding Roads: Exercises in Writing Creative Nonfiction / Edition 1

by Diane Thiel
     
 

Written by an award-winning author Diane Thiel, Winding Roads: Exercises in Composing Creative Nonfiction offers exciting and challenging exercises with accompanying models which help focus student writing and allow instructors to address specfic elements of writing creative nonfiction. Vital examples in an extensive selection of readings serve as modelsSee more details below

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Written by an award-winning author Diane Thiel, Winding Roads: Exercises in Composing Creative Nonfiction offers exciting and challenging exercises with accompanying models which help focus student writing and allow instructors to address specfic elements of writing creative nonfiction. Vital examples in an extensive selection of readings serve as models and exercises address each element of writing creative nonfiction separately, while building towards an understanding of all the elements which go into creating an effective piece of writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321429896
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
451,555
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface to the Instructor

Introduction

I. Beginning/Points of Inspiration

Keeping a Journal

Family Stories: History as Heartbeat

Memory and Imagination

Telling Lies to tell the Truth

Making the Old Story New

A Picture Brings Forth a Thousand Words

Object Lessons

II. Exercises for Developing Craft and Technique

Voice and Style

Finding Your True Subjects

A Question of Style

Conditional Voice

Breaking the Rules

Perspective and Point of View

Choosing Points of View

Innocent Perspective

Using Biography

Detail, Image, and Symbol

Detailing a Narrative

Turning Abstractions into Images and Action

Using all of Your Senses

Writing from Art

Symbols, not Cymbals

Figurative Language

Diction

Origins of Words

Foreign Flavor

Simplify

Tell-Tale Dialect

Setting

Setting with Personality

Setting from Family History

Setting Your Hometown

Creating Tension

Foundations of Tension

A Spell of Trouble: Conflict and Tension

Reversing the Action

Trading Characters, Settings, Conflicts

Reverberating Closure

Rhythm

Finding Your Rhythm

Song and Story

Listening to Nature

Character and Dialogue

Populating a Piece

Inside a Character’s Mind

Compelling Characters

Dialogue Dropping from the Eaves

III. Exercises for Exploring Revision, Sub-genres and Frequent Concerns of Creative Nonfiction

Revision

Re-reading, Re-imagining, Re-shaping

What’s in a Name: Finding a Title

Revision: Beyond the Frame

Revision: Re-imagining Character and Conflict

Creating Scenes: A Revision Narrative

Workshop: Thirteen Ways of Looking for Revision

Exploring the Sub-genres of Creative Nonfiction

From Memory to Memoir

Biographical Sketch: Researching a Life

Personal Opinion Essay: Taking a Stand

Living Sources: Gathering and Using Information

Reflective Writing: Reflecting on the World

Writing About Place

A Piece of History

Exploring Frequent Concerns of Creative Nonfiction

Finding the Emotional Truth

Writing Between the Lines: Subtext

Time-lines and the Larger Context

The Passage of Time

Mapping Your Memory

Vignettes

Writing Inside the Story: Meta-writing

IV. A Collection of Creative Nonfiction

Diane Ackerman, “The Truth about Truffles”

Sherman Alexie, “Superman and Me”

Rudolfo Anaya, “Why I Love Tourists: Confessions of a Dharma Bum”

Wendell Berry, “An Entrance to the Woods”

Philip Brady, “Myth and Uncertainty” from To Prove My Blood: A Tale of Emigration and the Afterlife

Bruce Chatwin, from In Patagonia

Wayson Choy, from Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood

Judith Ortiz Cofer, “Silent Dancing”

Fred D’Aguiar, “A Son in Shadow”

Edwidge Danticat, “Westbury Court”

Rhina Espaillat, “Bilingual/Bilingue”

Shirley Geok-lin Lim, “Splendor and Squalor” from Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands

Dana Gioia, “Lonely Impulse of Delight: One Reader’s Childhood”

Joy Harjo, “The Flying Man”

Jamaica Kincaid, “Biography of a Dress”

Barry Lopez, “Landscape and Narrative”

Naomi Shihab Nye, “Three Pokes of a Thistle”

Hilda Raz, “Looking at Aaron” from What Becomes You

Leslie Marmon Silko, “Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination”

Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal”

Diane Thiel, “Crossing the Border” from The White Horse: A Colombian Journey

Henry David Thoreau, “Walking”

Alice Walker, “Am I Blue”

Anthony Walton, from Mississippi

Terry Tempest Williams, “Peregrine Falcon,” from Refuge

V. Writers About the Art of Creative Nonfiction

Margaret Atwood, “Nine Beginnings”

Lee Gutkind, “The Creative Nonfiction Police”

Tracy Kidder, “Making the Truth Believable”

Brett Lott, “Toward a Definition of Creative Nonfiction”

Gregory Martin, “Other People’s Memories”

John McNally, “Humor Incarnate”

Sue Miller, “From a Lecture on Revision”

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