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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Every spring semester in my nonfic- tion workshop I present students with
exercises similar to those found with this chapter, and by the end of the week it is
positively remarkable to see the growth curve. One of the axioms of education is
tion. In the case of the excerpt from Roughinglt, the long run (five pages) of
largely unattributed dialogue between "Scotty" Briggs and the clergyman from "an
Eastern theological seminary" forms the centerpiece and climax of a chapter
He wrote one work of fiction, A River Runs Through It, and one work of nonfic-
tion, YoungMen and Fire. In the first instance, his primary problem was that the
story of his life in Montana was very long — crossing decades — and structurally