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Now Write! Nonfiction: Memoir, Journalism and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers

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About the Author

Sherry Ellis is the editor of NOW WRITE! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers and NOW WRITE! NONFICTION, as well as a personal writing coach. Her author interviews have appeared in the Kenyon Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Glimmer Train, and AGNI, as well as other literary and arts magazines. She lives in Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (December 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585427586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585427581
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book's setup is very simple: a bunch of different professional nonfiction writers, each submitting an exercise and a blurb about the specific feature they're highlighting, everything from creating a sense of place, wrestling with the truth to revision and outlining--pretty much every facet of the craft.

The exercises are pure gold. I've used the "create your own White Album" with incredible success in classes I teach, and it is an invaluable resource for writing teachers. Teaching essay of place, this book offers a number of exercises I can use or tweak to connect with my assignment.

Even for non-writing-teachers, this book is a goldmine of inspiration, springboards and craft. The exercises are self-explanatory, isolated enough that you are almost invited to jump around, pick and choose, experiment and play.

If you write, at all, this book belongs on your shelf.
No, not on your shelf, I'm sorry. It belongs, well thumbed, on your desk.
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Wonderfully organized/edited by Ms. Ellis and truly inspirational. Each person will find something for him/herself within the writing exercises. Each exercise stands on its own so one can pick and choose or read cover to cover--either way, it will get the creative juices flowing. Two of my personal favorites were Nestor's "Make Your Own White Album" involving a series of mini-essays and Singer's "Landscape and Memory", appealing to my own quirky, rock n' roll past experiences and love of nature and serenity, respectively. The breadth and depth of the writing exercises are truly awe-inspiring. It should be required text for every aspiring creative non-fiction writer. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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I really enjoy working with this book. It has great writing exercises and ideas to get your creativity flowing. My friend and I are doing the exercises together,she is a poet and I write more stories and memoirs, but we have found that the exercises can be tailored to any writing style. I highly recommend this to anyone caught in a creative slump, suffering writer's block, or just wanting to produce some new material. It is definitely worth the investment.
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Sherry Ellis' "NOW WRITE!" is very simply the tool I have long needed to explain and teach me the CRAFT of authoring a book. Talented master authors such as best-selling author Gay Talese, and Pulitzer prize winner John Matteson, explain the ART of writing a book.
Both of Ms Ellis' "WRITE NOW!",books have bolstered my knowledge and confidence. I am now writing with immensly renewed vigor with visions of success!. THUMBS UP!!
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If you need some incentive to write, this book is great. It gives you tips from many different nonfiction writers. There are exercises to complete. It's great for sparking your imagination.
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For an emerging writer who is committed to understanding what goes into bettering your craft, this book is an excellent resource. The various exercises expand your thinking, increase your skills and cannot help but improve your writing. Even more seasoned writers will benefit from reviewing this book from time to time.
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This is an unbelivable source of ideas and exercises to get anyone's creative juices flowing. The sheer amount and variety is marvelous. Famous published authors provide endless strategies for getting your words on paper. I was amazed to learn how so many of these well known people would share their own methods. Everything from using photographs, art museum visits. your first kitchen or viewing the world through a one inch window delighted and inspired me. It's hard to imagine that one wouldn't find the spark or familiar often overlooked detail to get them writing after reading this book. For a teacher it could be the ultimate source for lesson plans. I would highly recommend it for all who write or wish to write non fiction in all forms.
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