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Tell It Slant, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

Tell It Slant, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900071781779
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 02/10/2012
Edition description: List
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide

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 Contents

Introduction: 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)

Last Words

Bibliography (expanded)


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Tell It Slant, 2nd Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WritingTeach More than 1 year ago
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.
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