Writing Well: The Essential Guide [NOOK Book]

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Writing Well is a guide to expressive creative writing and effective professional prose. The author, a poet, writer, editor and teacher, explains the techniques required for stylish and readable writing. Everyone who wants to improve their writing can benefit from this book, which describes how to: • identify topics that inspire you to write • get into the habit of writing regularly • develop ideas • construct effective arguments • choose words for maximum effect • use grammar correctly • structure sentences and ...
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Overview

Writing Well is a guide to expressive creative writing and effective professional prose. The author, a poet, writer, editor and teacher, explains the techniques required for stylish and readable writing. Everyone who wants to improve their writing can benefit from this book, which describes how to: • identify topics that inspire you to write • get into the habit of writing regularly • develop ideas • construct effective arguments • choose words for maximum effect • use grammar correctly • structure sentences and paragraphs appropriately • write with integrity The book is enriched by examples from great modern writers, and includes a variety of exercises and suggestions for writing activities. Mark Tredinnick practises what he preaches, making his book highly enjoyable as well as technically instructive.
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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Claire Rosser
It seems ironic that one of the last reviews I'm writing for KLIATT is a review of a writing book. Let's just say, after more than 30 years of trying to be a good writer, I admire and respect those who are able to explain the craft of writing, and it is a craft. Tredinnick is Australian—a successful writer of essays, poetry, and a memoir; he is a teacher of writing at the University of Sydney. This guide is personal, with references to Tredinnick's own experience, with numerous writing exercises he has used with his writing programs. He speaks of form often—shapes of sentences and paragraphs, the voice, the music of language. In the chapter on creative writing, we read, "Creative writing makes art out of the stuff of life—of human lives, of places, of the work we do, and the words we speak." Throughout are exercises that would be helpful for an aspiring writer working independently, or for teachers to use with writing classes. I think this book would be most helpful for English teachers at all levels, eager for inspiration for themselves and their students. Reviewer: Claire Rosser
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'Most writing advice is fatuous, coma-inducing, stuffed-shirtish, elephantine, and utterly useless. Mark's is funny, pointed, lean, friendly, and useful. It matters. It's fun to read. It made me jump up and run to the typewriter and tell tall tales as fast as my fingers would fly.' Brian Doyle, author of Thirsty for the Joy: Australian & American Voices

'Mark Tredinnick has written the perfect, practical 'how to' book on writing well … This is a writing book that entices and empowers the reader/writer rather than making the creative process daunting.' Laurie Kutchins, James Madison University

Reviews of the Australian edition entitled The Little Red Writing Book: 'Reading Tredinnick's volume was for me like discovering El Dorado after a five-year quest to find a suitable book about writing for my journalism students. Although The Little Red Writing Book is not targeted specifically towards the journalism genre, it contains an original approach to writing that makes it achievable for all - and that is its brilliance.' Scott Downman, Text

'Reading this little book will inspire you to want to become a writer … You will definitely want to read The Little Red Writing Book if you aspire to write better than your colleagues. I will be recommending it to all my online writing students. Anyone who writes for a living will benefit from reading this book and applying its many examples.' Graham Andrews, The Write Approach

'Good writing says something very honest, very clearly. It's partly a matter of technique, but mostly a matter of courage. Mark Tredinnick's book is great on sentences, paragraphs, and practice - but its brilliance lies in its ability to inspire, and its exhortation to be brave.' Anna Funder, author of Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

'… at the end of some of his chapters, I wanted to stand up and applaud him … Tredinnick's … is the James Bond school of pedantry: elegant and enviably cool.' Danielle Wood, Island

'Reading this book is the next best thing to participating in a workshop taught by one of the wisest, most gifted and ingenious writing teachers you could hope to find - precisely what Mark Tredinnick is.' Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107713345
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,236,122
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Tredinnick is a poet, essayist and writing teacher. His books include The Land's Wild Music (2005) and A Place on Earth (2003). He runs acclaimed writing programmes at the University of Sydney and at writers' centres in Australia and the USA.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Stepping out: a prologue on diction, structure, magic and democracy; 1. Lore: on voice, music, care and thrift; 2. Sentencing: on the craft of the sentence; 3. Grace: on style, economy and poise; 4. Poetics: on creative writing; 5. Attitude: on manners and your reader; 6. Shapely thoughts: on thought, planning, structure and paragraphs; Amen: an epilogue on beauty, honesty and civility; Further reading.
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