The African American Guide to Writing & Publishing Non Fiction 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0767905787
ISBN-10: 0767905784
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About the Author

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, and Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award. She has also written many award-winning books for adults. Jewell lives with her family in Arizona.

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Telling life stories is a cultural heritage that African Americans can trace back hundreds of years, to the West African storytellers-musicians-historians called griots. In The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction, Jewell Parker Rhodes encourages African American writers to be modern-day griots, acquainting themselves with the work of earlier writers and committing their own lives and the lives of others to paper. As with Free Within Ourselves, in which Rhodes focused on fiction writing, it would be a shame for non-African Americans to overlook this book. Rhodes's advice on writing (autobiography, memoir, and personal essays), revising, and getting published is solid, clear, and specific. She manages to make cheery affirmations not seem cloying. And she provides copious excerpts from a compelling African American canon, including longer pieces by Nathan McCall, Maya Angelou, Patrice Gaines, and Lorene Cary. The book concludes with advice from more than 30 black writers, including Pearl Cleage. "Tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth," Cleage urges, "especially about the stuff you'd rather lie about." --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 451 KB
  • Print Length : 368 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Broadway Books; 1st Edition (February 5, 2002)
  • Publication Date : February 5, 2002
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B000FC1GGA
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0767905784
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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