The Sierra Club Nature Writing Handbook: A Creative Guide
This newest volume in the Sierra Club's acclaimed The series includes autobiographical writings, essays, short stories, and poetry that communicate a passion for nature which enhances our appreciation of a wide range of landscapes and wildlife. Diverse in mood and setting, the nineteen selections, including seven in print for the first time, represent the best of the genre.
Readers will delight in Chip Rawlins's memoir of life in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, Dan O'Brien's tale of falconry on the Great Plains, David Rains Wallace's exploration of the Darien, Barry Lopez's essay on the coral reefs of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and Marybeth Holleman's evocative essay on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.
Other contributors are Rick Bass, SueEllen Campbell, Lisa Couturier, John Daniel, Jan Grover, Penny Harter, Adele Ne Jame, Homer Kizer, W. S. Merwin, David Petersen, April N. Rieveschl, Alianor True, Louise Wagenknecht, and Terry Tempest Williams.
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... of opening for one of your completed or published essays. You might, for
example, employ a baited opener (one in which you hint at or promise to discuss
something of interest later in the narrative), a funnel opener (in which you begin
There are, to begin with, at least two important historical reasons for the change
from the lengthy descriptions of the nineteenth century to the more restrained
descriptions of the twentieth century. First, as field cameras became lighter and
It begins with a dream, as I said so many chapters ago in the Preface. A notion
that you can put together ... So that is where you begin — with an original idea for
an article, an essay, a poem, a story, a novel, a nonfiction book. The idea persists