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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This does not mean, however, that word pictures are a thing of the past and
should be foregone in the interest of a fast-paced narrative full of action and
compelling character revelation. To the contrary, word pictures are one of the
In the hands of a master, a word picture is something to behold. Listen to Norman
Maclean, in his story "USFS 1919," describe a Montana mountaintop from long
ago in such a way as to make the scene forever fresh and vivid: But what I ...
Sometimes in the course of your writing you will be called upon to paint a word
picture of a season or a particular month of ... as seasonal changes are often
quite sweeping and you must aim for those particular images and details that
evoke or ...