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Crafting the Personal Essay

A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction

Dinty W. Moore



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Writers Digest
01 November 2010
Award winning essayist Scott Russell Sanders once compared the art of essay writing to the pursuit of mental rabbits - a rambling through thickets of thought in search of some brief glimmer of fuzzy truth. While some people persist in the belief that essays are stuffy and antiquated, the truth is that the personal essay is an ever-changing creative medium that provides an ideal vehicle for satisfying the human urge to document truths as we experience them and share them with others - to capture a bit of life on paper. Crafting the Personal Essay is designed to help you explore the flexibility and power of the personal essay in your own writing. This hands-on, creativity-expanding guide will help you infuse your nonfiction with honesty, personality, and energy. You'll discover: An exploration of the basics of essay writing Ways to step back and scrutinize your experiences in order to separate out what may be fresh, powerful, surprising or fascinating to a reader How to move past private journaling and write for an audience How to write eight different types of essays including memoir, travel, humour, and nature essays among others Instruction for revision and strategies for getting published Brimming with helpful examples, exercises, and sample essays, this indispensable guide will help your personal essays transcend the merely private to become powerfully universal. | The personal essay, of course, stems from the 'personal' thoughts and experiences of the writer, but ultimately the essay (like all literary writing) must transcend the merely private to become universal. How is this done? This title shows readers how to write nine different types of personal essays.
Imprint:   Writers Digest
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   313g
ISBN:   9781582977966
ISBN 10:   1582977968
Pages:   272
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dinty W. Moore was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned a BA in writing from the University of Pittsburgh, worked briefly as a journalist, and also served short stints as a documentary filmmaker, modern dance performer, zookeeper, and Greenwich Village waiter. It was only after failing at each of these professions that he went on to earn an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University.

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