Crafting The Personal Essay by Dinty W. Moore

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Award winning essayist Scott Russell Sanders once compared the art of essay writing to "the pursuit of mental rabbits"—a rambling through thickets of thought in search of some brief glimmer of fuzzy truth. While some people persist in the belief that essays are stuffy and antiquated, the truth is that the personal essay is an ever-changing creative medium that provides an ideal vehicle for satisfying the human urge to document truths as we experience them and share them with others—to capture a bit of life on paper.

Crafting the Personal Essay is designed to help you explore the flexibility and power of the personal essay in your own writing. This hands-on, creativity-expanding guide will help you infuse your nonfiction with honesty, personality, and energy. You'll discover: An exploration of the basics of essay writing Ways to step back and scrutinize your experiences in order to separate out what may be fresh, powerful, surprising or fascinating to a reader How to move past private "journaling" and write for an audience How to write eight different types of essays including memoir, travel, humor, and nature essays among others Instruction for revision and strategies for getting published Brimming with helpful examples, exercises, and sample essays, this indispensable guide will help your personal essays transcend the merely private to become powerfully universal.


About Dinty W. Moore

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Dinty W. Moore has worked as a documentary filmmaker, professional modern dancer, wire service journalist, and college creative writing professor. He has published fiction and poetry in numerous literary magazines and was awarded a 1992 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing. He is the author of one book of nonfiction, The Emperor's Virtual Clothes: The Naked Truth About Internet Culture. He lives with his wife and daughter in State College, Pennsylvannia.
Published August 11, 2010 by Writer's Digest Books. 274 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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He is saying something about Carl Sagan and Russia and exploring space, something about weapons and the Cold War, (which will end within the year, though we don’t know that yet.) I can tell that he is reciting a script and I wonder if he is leaving things out, because the words make sense but th...

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He was a smart-mouthed, cocky little boy, that fall they entered the fourth grade.

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On my knees, pawing like a cat beneath the rungs of the ladder’s metal steeple, all I could think about, beyond superstition or faith, was a boy I knew in college who came to my dorm room one afternoon—a mass-market copy of Elie Wiesel’s Night in the palm of his hand—to read for his sociology class.

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Safekeeping was the right book at the right time for me in so many ways, and with Thomas’ new memoir, What Comes Next and How to Like It, I found that same understanding and reassurance at-once again-the exact right moment.

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