The Great Courses: Writing

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Writing Creative Nonfiction Publisher's Summary

Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

Whether you're looking to launch into a new professional career as a creative nonfiction writer, dabble in the genre as a pastime, start a personal blog, or simply get inside the mind of a creative nonfiction writer at work, these dynamic 24 lectures are a chance for you to explore the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product noticed by literary agents and publishers.

Filled with helpful tips and techniques, memorable examples from well-known writers, and engaging exercises, it's a learning experience that proves that - with the right instructor - writing creative nonfiction can be mastered, practiced, and enjoyed by anyone with a desire to share his or her personal story. Professor Mazzeo guides you through

  • the fundamental concepts such as narrative arcs, captivating beginnings, sentence variation, perspective, characterization, dialogue, and metaphor;
  • each stage of writing creative nonfiction, from researching your topic to revising your first draft; and
  • the publishing process, from finding an agent to writing a successful book proposal.

You'll come away with the knowledge, tools, and, most important, inspiration you need to discover your stories and finally start telling them the right way.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    • Writing Creative Nonfiction

    • Written by: Tilar J J. Mazzeo, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Tilar J J. Mazzeo
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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    Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

    Regular price: CDN$ 46.98

    • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

    • Written by: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
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    From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

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    • Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    • Written by: Brooks Landon, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Brooks Landon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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    Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along? Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors? How can you craft sentences that reflect your unique outlook on the world? This lively, 24-lecture course introduces you to the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences. Reviving the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing, Professor Landon provides a greater context for what makes sentences great - and how you can apply these methods to your own writing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb read, very enjoyable

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    • Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    • Written by: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
    • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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    Tap into the power of effective writing by developing the fundamental critical and analytical skills that transform your writing from "good" to "great." Regardless of your subject, goal, or occasion, these skills will help you organize your thoughts into a coherent piece, make a persuasive argument rooted in facts, and make responsible use of research materials.

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    • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • Written by: James Hynes, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: James Hynes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

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    • How to Publish Your Book

    • Written by: Jane Friedman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jane Friedman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
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    In 24 eye-opening lectures, Jane Friedman, publishing industry expert and educator, provides you with sought-after secrets of the publishing process that will help you navigate this difficult progression, bypass pitfalls that many novice authors get hung up on, and improve your chances of being considered for publication. She acts as your personal guide though the entire process: from finalizing your manuscript to writing the perfect pitch to reviewing contracts and marketing your book.

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    • Becoming a Great Essayist

    • Written by: Jennifer Cognard-Black, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Cognard-Black
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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    If you have a clever anecdote, an interesting memory, a new way to explain how something works, or an opinion on a social or political issue, then you have an essay in you. Unlike a novel, history book, or scientific publication, essays provide you with the versatility to express all the various facets that make you you. The concise and direct nature of an essay means that you may tap in to your sense of wit, share your individual point of view, persuade others to your perspective, and record a part of your memories for future generations in as many distinct essay forms as you wish.

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