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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Many of the best works of literature have been written in relatively limited periods
of time; others, such as War and Peace or Arctic Dreams, were created over a
long period of time but were written according to a rigorous composition plan that
... that convincing fact or figure for an argument. I'm always aiming for the greatest
concision and condensation possible. I'm always studying writers I admire for
their craft, for their ability to create beautiful openings and closings. The Closing 1
If no new [writers] should arise to create afresh the [metaphoric] associations . . .
language will be dead to all the nobler purposes of human intercourse. Indeed,
part of our responsibility as writers, especially as nature writers, is to break new ...