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Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively
     

Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively

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by Rebecca Mcclanahan
 

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Powerful description is easy to recognize but difficult to achieve. In this extraordinary guide, Rebecca McClanahan leads readers through a fascinating exploration of the descriptive writing process, combining direct instruction with engaging word exercises that challenge readers to elevate their writing craft to new levels of richness and clarity. Includes more

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Powerful description is easy to recognize but difficult to achieve. In this extraordinary guide, Rebecca McClanahan leads readers through a fascinating exploration of the descriptive writing process, combining direct instruction with engaging word exercises that challenge readers to elevate their writing craft to new levels of richness and clarity. Includes more than 75 hands-on exercises and features examples from Toni Morrison, Truman Capote, Gustave Flaubert and others.

About the Author:

Rebecca McClanahan has been an accomplished writer, poet and teacher for more than 25 years. She has published three collections of poetry, including The Intersection of X and Y, and her work has been anthologized in Pushcart Prize XVIII and The Best of American Poetry 1998. She has received the PEN/Syndicated Fiction Award, the Carter Prize for Nonfiction and a Governor's Award for Excellence for Education. She lives in New York City.

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Author, poet, and teacher McClanahan combines direct instruction with exercises for sharpening sensory perceptions, describing characters and bringing them to life, establishing point of view, developing a setting, and shaping plot and pace with description. As examples, she uses passages from such classic and contemporary masters as Gustave Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, Truman Capote, and Toni Morrison. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898798616
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
03/15/1999
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.03(d)

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Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MargaretWL More than 1 year ago
This title is an excellent addition to a creative writing collection for high school students. The text is readable with interesting examples and significant exercises that appeal to a wide audience of budding young writers.