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Author Gerard, Philip.

Title Creative nonfiction : researching and crafting stories of real life / Philip Gerard
Edition First paperback edition
Published Cincinnati, Ohio : Story Press Books, 1998


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  808.02 G3573/C 1998  DUE 14-09-22
Description 216 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Ch. 1. What Is Creative Nonfiction Anyhow? -- Ch. 2. Finding an Original Subject -- Ch. 3. Researching -- Ch. 4. The Art of the Interview -- Ch. 5. On Assignment -- Ch. 6. What Form Will It Take? -- Ch. 7. Telling a True Story -- Ch. 8. Putting Yourself on the Line -- Ch. 9. Mystery and Structure, Style and Attitude -- Ch. 10. Revising - With and Without an Editor -- Ch. 11. Law and Ethics -- Bibliography: A Selected Reading List for Writers
Summary Gerard covers everything from getting the assignment to conducting a stirring interview to working with an editor - including how to go "where the story lives" to experience the first-hand emotional facts - sights, smells, sounds - that will give your story immediacy; find the right form for the story you want to tell - essay, memoir, nature piece, political analysis, investigative exposes, personality profile; write an opening that catches the reader's attention and an ending that leaves a lasting impression; craft an engaging story by applying fiction elements such as dialogue, plot and conflict; find a voice readers can trust, and a writing style that "sings"; write other people's stories. (Gerard addresses such ethical and legal questions as libel, privacy, "off the record"); and revise your work in light of what you know now ... re-envision what the story really is
Throughout, you'll find examples, advice and inspiration from some of today's greatest nonfiction writers - such as Terry Tempest Williams, Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez and Ron Powers
Notes Reprint of 1996 ed
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-210) and index
Subject Authorship.
Feature writing.
ISBN 1884910432 paperback