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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But without an opening, they are as stuck as a man who cannot find the words to
ask a woman out on a date; the romance ... An opening paragraph, as Marquez
indicated in the chapter epigraph, is important because so much happens in it.
of drafts — only a few printouts now and then — but I still spend hours and hours
casting and recasting the opening paragraph. So when Marquez observes that
the first paragraph "is a kind of sample of what the rest of the book is going to be"
Take a well-known nature essay, block out the paragraph the author wrote for it,
and compose your own opening. Use a fresh, original approach as you aim for a
different point of entry than that chosen by the author. What are the advantages ...