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The Arvon Book of Life Writing: Writing Biography, Autobiography and Memoir
The Arvon Book of Life Writing:
Writing Biography, Autobiography and Memoir

Fascinating, wide-ranging, hugely knowledgeable - an indispensable guide and a beguiling education William Boyd Packed with insights and advice - just the inspiration to start writing! Jenny Uglow Everyone has a story This book shows how the best writers tell them, and offers advice on how to tell them yourself. Biographers Sally Cline and Carole Angier teach life writing - an area of creative writing that is exploding in popularity - at the world-famous Arvon Foundation. They have distilled the essence of their popular course on memoir, autobiography and biography into this wide-ranging book.
The Arvon Book of Life Writing offers three fascinating ways into the genre. First, reflections on their trade by the authors, exploring its special challenges: truth, memory, ethics, evidence and interpretation. Second, personal tips and tales from 32 top British and American life writers - autobiographers and memoirists, literary, sports and celebrity biographers; plus a critic, an agent, a literary editor, two novelists, and a ghost writer. Third, a practical guide, complete with exercises, designed for use in creative writing courses or by individual writers at home. No other book contains such detailed, witty and professional advice on the genre.
The Writing Book: A Workbook for Fiction Writers  The Writing Book:
A Workbook for Fiction Writers
 

This is a practical workbook that guides writers, step-by-step, toward completing a work of fiction. Free of generalizing platitudes, it instead focuses on the specifics of craft: from getting started, discovering characters, writing dialogue and description, to evaluating the design of a draft, and of course r evision. Exercises found in this book are actual techniques working writers rely on.
Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery  Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery 
A guide to help you with the exploration of your own life story. It provides techniques for getting started, handling perspective, finding an inner voice, and bringing experiences to life on the page. It also explores issues like selective memory, emotional healing, and how to communicate truths without cliches. This book illustrates the passion and delight of writing with the addition of a new anthology of stories by people who have practiced these techniques.
Writing Fiction: An Introduction to the Craft  Writing Fiction: An Introduction to the Craft 
The art of writing fiction successfully requires not only talent but craft. This book is a guide to that craft - for writers who want to understand and master the basics of what makes a novel or story work well. The principles and practical advice offered arise from Garry Disher's own experience as a professional writer, as well as a teacher of writing, an editor of collections, and a judge for fiction awards. Disher illustrates his points with examples from many international fiction writers, presenting a candid picture of the pleasures and pitfalls across a diversity of fiction-writing experiences. Ranging from the most significant elements of fiction, such as plot characterisation and voice, to fine details like the use of tense, Disher's hands-on advice should help fiction writers write better fiction.
Editing Made Easy  Editing Made Easy 
A guide for writers, editors or anyone that wants to write well


The Elements of Style
The Elements of Style 
You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. The revisions to the new edition are purposely kept minimal in order to retain the book's unique tone, wit, and charm.
Writing Feature Stories: How to Research and Write Newspaper and Magazine Articles  Writing Feature Stories:
How to Research and Write Newspaper and Magazine Articles 

A systematic and user-friendly approach to journalistic feature story writing for journalism students, professionals, freelancers, and beginners is provided in this guide. Writers will learn to move beyond conventional news stories and embrace their creativity to create compelling features. Generating fresh ideas, gathering factual information, sifting through raw material, choosing the best angle, and working with editors are all explored. Discussion questions and exercises reinforce the ideas presented in each chapter. Pop culture examples and recently published articles are used to make concepts memorable and easily accessible.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well  The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well 
If you have trouble putting your thoughts down on paper, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well has everything you need to know to make writing of any kind as easy as thinking or speaking. This guide gives expert advice on making your writing as clear and persuasive as possible, whether it's a thank-you note, a school paper, or an executive briefing. It provides easy-to-follow guidelines on structure, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, and style. You will find terrific tips on minimizing the time and energy taken up by tasks like research, note-taking, and proofreading.
The Freelance Writer's Bible: Your Guide to a Profitable Writing Career Within One Year  The Freelance Writer's Bible:
Your Guide to a Profitable Writing Career Within One Year 

The Freelance Writer's Bible unites four practical workbooks under one cover. ? Discover your creative vision Find yourself as a writer. ? Write with freedom and confidence Break through your fears and achieve higher levels of creativity and writing excellence. ? Sell to 17 key writing markets Learn how to make money in every profitable writing area. ? Create your strategic marketing plan Design the master plan for your writing career. Learn what you need know to successfully write and sell novels, nonfiction books, children's books, technical manuals, magazine and newspaper articles and columns, business copy, speeches, humor, scripts for movies, TV, radio, stage, and interactive media, and more. Learn about setting up your writing business, getting off to a fast and profitable start, turning writing blocks into stepping stones, staying focused with a master plan and weekly action plans, writing great query letters, getting writing assignments and more.

Writing for Children and Getting Published 

Writing for Children and Getting Published 
Writing kids' books isn't child's play, but a sophisticated process all its own. Here aspiring writers will find professional insights on children's literature, from picture books to both youth fiction and nonfiction. This practical guide encourages both first-time and experienced authors every step of the way. Updated edition offers timely information on new technology and websites.

Writing about Your Life: A Journey Into the Past 

Writing about Your Life:
A Journey Into the Past 

Written with elegance, warmth, and humor, this highly original "teaching memoir" by William Zinsser-renowned bestselling author of On Writing Well gives you the tools to organize and recover your past, and the confidence to believe in your life narrative. His method is to take you on a memoir of his own: 13 chapters in which he recalls dramatic, amusing, and often surprising moments in his long and varied life as a writer, editor, teacher, and traveler. Along the way, Zinsser pauses to explain the technical decisions he made as he wrote about his life. They are the same decisions you'll have to make as you write about your own life: matters of selection, condensation, focus, attitude, voice, and tone.

The Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting 

The Gregg Reference Manual:
A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting 

For more than 50 years, "The Gregg Reference Manual "has been recognized as the best style manual for business professionals and students. The basic rules that apply to the most frequent problems are covered as thoroughly as the fine points of the problems that occur less often. The colorful examples and illustrations offer easy-to-follow models to help resolve the difficulties encountered in everyday communications from e-mail messages to formal reports. New features include: Up-to-date coverage on dealing with online source material and precautions to observe when citing electronic material New searchable index: the website accompanying the book allows the reader immediate access to definitions and information on specific topics Updated e-mail rules and expanded plagiarism coverage to meet the needs of changing technology

A Writer's Workbook: Daily Exercises for the Writing Life 

A Writer's Workbook:
Daily Exercises for the Writing Life
 
A Writer's Workbook is Caroline Sharp's ingenious collection of exercises to inspire, encourage, warm up, and jump-start anyone who writes. A wise and funny friend who will cheerlead you through even your darkest can't-write days and "every idea I've ever had is awful" nights, she provides encouraging suggestions, hilarious observations, and an amazingly vivid catalogue of writers' neuroses (with advice on overcoming them, of course).
From "Roget's Resume" and "Emulating Ernest" to "End Well," "The Rewrite Rut," and "Dear John," the exercises in this generous, wry workbook will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.

   


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