Writing about Nature: A Creative Guide

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Originally published by the Sierra Club in 1995, this handbook has already helped thousands of aspiring writers, scholars, and students share their experiences with nature and the outdoors. Using exercises and examples, John Murray covers genres, techniques, and publication issues. He uses examples from such masters as Barry Lopez, Annie Dillard, Larry McMurtry, Edward Abbey, Ernest Hemingway, and Henry David Thoreau. Also included are recommended readings, a directory of creative writing programs, professional ...

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Overview

Originally published by the Sierra Club in 1995, this handbook has already helped thousands of aspiring writers, scholars, and students share their experiences with nature and the outdoors. Using exercises and examples, John Murray covers genres, techniques, and publication issues. He uses examples from such masters as Barry Lopez, Annie Dillard, Larry McMurtry, Edward Abbey, Ernest Hemingway, and Henry David Thoreau. Also included are recommended readings, a directory of creative writing programs, professional organizations for writers, and a directory of environmental organizations. This revised edition includes a new chapter on nature writing and environmental activism.

"Nature is our grandest and oldest home, older than language, grander than consciousness. John Murray knows that in his bones, and he shares his knowledge generously with anyone who opens this book. Whether you write about the earth for publication or only for deepening your perceptions, you will find keen-eyed guidance here."—Scott Russell Sanders, author of Staying Put

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826330857
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 844,967

Meet the Author

John A. Murray is the author or editor of forty books, including Cinema Southwest, which received the Southwest Book Award, and Mythmakers of the West, recipient of the Colorado Book Award. He lives in Denver.

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Table of Contents

Revised Preface to the 2003 Edition
Ch. 1 The Journal 1
Ch. 2 The Essay 11
Ch. 3 The Writing Process 23
Ch. 4 The Opening 35
Ch. 5 The Closing 47
Ch. 6 Word Pictures 59
Ch. 7 Figurative Language 73
Ch. 8 Character and Dialogue 87
Ch. 9 Story-Telling 95
Ch. 10 Style 105
Ch. 11 Fiction and Poetry 115
Ch. 12 Revision 129
Ch. 13 Research 137
Ch. 14 Workshopping 149
Ch. 15 Publication 159
Ch. 16 Nature Writing and Environmental Activism 171
App.: Recommended Readings 179
App.: Creative Writing Programs 180
App.: Environmental Organizations 182
App.: Writing Conferences 184
App.: References Cited 188
Index 192
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