Writing about Nature: A Creative Guide

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Originally published by the Sierra Club in 1995, this handbook has already helped thousands of aspiring writers, scholars, and students share their experiences with nature and the outdoors. Using exercises and examples, John Murray covers genres, techniques, and publication issues. He uses examples from such masters as Barry Lopez, Annie Dillard, Larry McMurtry, Edward Abbey, Ernest Hemingway, and Henry David Thoreau. Also included are recommended readings, a directory of creative writing programs, professional organizations for writers, and a directory of environmental organizations. This revised edition includes a new chapter on nature writing and environmental activism.


"Nature is our grandest and oldest home, older than language, grander than consciousness. John Murray knows that in his bones, and he shares his knowledge generously with anyone who opens this book. Whether you write about the earth for publication or only for deepening your perceptions, you will find keen-eyed guidance here."--Scott Russell Sanders, author ofStaying Put

 

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Contents

Revised Preface to the 2003 Edition ix
1
The Writing Process
23
Figurative Language
73
Character and Dialogue
87
StoryTelling
95
Style
105
Fiction and Poetry
115
Revision
129
Research
137
Workshopping
149
Environmental Activism
171
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About the author (2003)

John Murray is the editor of numerous nature anthologies, such as "Out among the Wolves", "The Great Bear" & "Nature's New Voices". Most recently, he is the author of the acclaimed book "Cinema Southwest". He lives in Denver.

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