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Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem

Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0867094039

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ISBN13: 978-0867094039
ISBN10: 0867094036
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc.
Published: 1996
International: No

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Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0867094039

Donald M. Murray

ISBN13: 978-0867094039
ISBN10: 0867094036
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc.

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

In Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem, Donald Murray demonstrates the craft that has been his discipline and joy for more than half a century. He describes how the writing act has allowed him to live his life twice--once in experience and once again as the evolving draft illuminates the texture and meaning of that experience.

Murray takes the reader into his private writer's workshop and not only reveals the basic techniques of writing essays, stories, and poems, but also discusses the attitudes--emotional and mental--that determine the effectiveness of his craft. Beginning and experienced writers will work beside this Pulitzer Prize winning craftsperson, catching ideas from life, developing them in language, shaping them into publishable forms. In the first section of the book, Murray talks about attitudes and skills that encourage and initiate writing. Then he deals with specific techniques of writing the personal essay, fiction, and poetry. In the final section, he explains the skills of revision and editing as well as ways to develop a writing community and submit work for publication.

Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem is both a celebration of the writing process and a practical manual on how to explore the world with the written line. It is a book that every teacher and every student of writing should own.

Author Bio

Murray, Donald M. : University of New Hampshire

Table of Contents

1. Before Writing Give Yourself Permission to Write

Cultivating a Writing Habit
Developing a Writer's Attitude

2. Starting to Write Write What?

Listening to Your Voice
Inviting Surprise

3. Trying On the Essay Exploring Personal Experience

Finding a Context
Thinking with a Reader

4. Trying On Fiction Experiencing Story

Writing the Sun
Live Within the Story

5. Trying On Poetry Experiencing Poetry

"No Ideas but in Things"
Play with the Line

6. After Writing Create a Writing Community

The Art of Revision
The Art of Editing
Why Not Write a Book?
Getting Published

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