Five stars for Tell It Slant ... An enlightening, comprehensive, and very satisfying text on writing and shaping creative nonfiction."
--Sheila Bender, editor and publisher of writingitreal.com and author of Writing and Publishing Personal Essays
When the poet Emily Dickinson wrote, "Tell all the Truth but tell it Slant," she provided today’s writers of creative nonfiction some sound advice: tell the truth but don’t become mere transcribers of day-to-day life. Whether you are writing a memoir or researched essay, the award-winning authors will guide you along the journey, using intensive instruction and an abundance of writing exercises. You will learn how to find a distinctive voice, use prompts to get started and keep writing, discover stories in impossible places, tackle (and enjoy) background research, and more.
This second edition includes a new chapter on publication--print, digital; an update on “The Particular Challenges of Creative Nonfiction” chapter to include references to James Frey and other controversies regarding nonfiction ethics; and an expanded resource section and bibliography.
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About the Author
Brenda Miller is a professor of English at Western Washington University and serves as editor in chief of the Bellingham Review. She is the author of Blessing of the Animals (EWU Press, 2009), which received the bronze medal in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. Her work has received five Pushcart Prizes.
Suzanne Paola is a professor at Western Washington University. Awards for her books Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir (2001) and A Mind Apart (2005), include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award winner, a Library Journal Best Science book of the year, an Elle Reader's Choice finalist, and many others.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Where to Begin
Part I: Unearthing Your Material
1. The Body of Memory
2. Writing the Family
3. Writing the Physical World
4. Gathering the Threads of History
5. Writing the Arts
6. Writing the Larger World
Part II: The Forms of Creative Nonfiction
7. The Particular Challenges of Creative Nonfiction (expanded)
8. The Personal Essay
9. The Lyric Essay
10. The Basics of Personal Reportage
Part III: Honing Your Craft
11. The Basics of Good Writing in Any Form
12. The Writing Process and Revision
13. The Writing Group
14. Publication (new chapter)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola have made a good thing even better! This second edition of Tell It Slant (a nod to Emily Dickinson)is updated just enough to make it ready for use for 2012 and beyond without losing the charm and power of the first edition. This text would work in a Creative Writing course OR a Freshman Composition course. In fact, I might porpose a new course at our college and use this text for it: Creative Non-Fiction 101! I highly recommend this book for inspiring your own writing, and/or that of your students.