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Writing about Nature: A Creative Guide
     

Writing about Nature: A Creative Guide

by John A. Murray
 

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ISBN-10: 0826330851

ISBN-13: 9780826330857

Pub. Date: 12/15/2003

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

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,

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826330857
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Edition description:
Revised edition
Pages:
214
Sales rank:
1,239,161
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Revised Preface to the 2003 Editionix
Chapter 1The Journal1
Chapter 2The Essay11
Chapter 3The Writing Process23
Chapter 4The Opening35
Chapter 5The Closing47
Chapter 6Word Pictures59
Chapter 7Figurative Language73
Chapter 8Character and Dialogue87
Chapter 9Story-Telling95
Chapter 10Style105
Chapter 11Fiction and Poetry115
Chapter 12Revision129
Chapter 13Research137
Chapter 14Workshopping149
Chapter 15Publication159
Chapter 16Nature Writing and Environmental Activism171
Appendix
Recommended Readings179
Creative Writing Programs180
Environmental Organizations182
Writing Conferences184
References Cited188
Index192

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