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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Then use five of your best similes in sentences. In one example you might want to
try for a humorous or satiric effect. Example: as red as . . . (response — "as red as
the little crimson spots on the back of a brook trout," "as red as an Arizona ...
I sometimes read over an essay or chapter dozens of times, each time sifting
through the text anew to make certain each word is perfect for the position it
occupies in the sentence. During this period the author considers many things: ...
In the first case, I used brackets to explain references in the text more fully to the
reader and ellipses to eliminate some unnecessary words in the sentence. In the
second case, I used brackets to turn a sentence fragment into a sentence with a ...