- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (March 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071781773
- ISBN-13: 978-0071781770
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- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
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Each chapter offers plenty of exercises for the individual writer and variations on the exercises for writing groups. All of the various forms of creative nonfiction are explained, as well as the challenges they entail.
The authors divide the book into three major parts focusing on "unearthing" the material, the forms of creative nonfiction, and "honing your craft." They discuss such topics as sentence rhythm, exposition versus scene, the pitfalls of "revenge prose," basics of good writing, mining your memory, and writing groups.
There is a very good bibliography and plenty of brief examples of other writers' work. In short, a wealth of information can be found between the covers of this slim 185-page book. Buy this book before you buy any other book on writing creative nonfiction.
Future memoirist? You are in the right place - good pick. Want to know how to write other kinds of creative nonfiction? Keep moving.
I should note that I am a graduate student and have taken several nonfiction classes, so my expectations for the text are possibly different than those of someone looking for an introduction to creative nonfiction. If you want to write nonfiction but struggle to come up with your own topic, then this book's basic prompts might be helpful to get you started (before you hopefully move on to other texts). If, however, you already have ideas but want better advice on how to strengthen your actual writing, I do not recommend this work at all.
Instead, may I suggest In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction, edited by Lee Gutkind, which is a wonderful anthology of creative nonfiction? I enjoyed almost all of the essays in this collection. I found them to be far more useful and telling about great writing practices (and topics!) than most "How To" writing books.