The Writer s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction

Encompassing everything from micro (how to "write pretty") to macro (how to "move through time space"), and even how to put all together on page one, this a field guide for anyone who wants to start writing now.

Author: Michael Noll

Publisher: Strange Object

ISBN: 0998518417

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 306

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The Writers Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction offers a refreshing approach to the craft of fiction writing. It takes a single page from forty contemporary novels and short stories, identifies techniques used by the writers, and presents approachable exercises and prompts that allow anyone to put those techniques to immediate use in their own work. Encompassing everything from micro (how to "write pretty") to macro (how to "move through time space"), and even how to put all together on page one, this a field guide for anyone who wants to start writing now (or get some shiny new gear for their fiction toolbox.)

The Art of Creative Research

The Art of Creative Research helps writers take this natural inclination to explore and observe and turn it into a workable—and enjoyable—research plan. It shows that research shouldn’t be seen as a dry, plodding aspect of writing.

Author: Philip Gerard

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226179940

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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All writers conduct research. For some this means poring over records and combing, archives but for many creative writers research happens in the everyday world—when they scribble an observation on the subway, when they travel to get the feel for a city, or when they strike up a conversation with an interesting stranger. The Art of Creative Research helps writers take this natural inclination to explore and observe and turn it into a workable—and enjoyable—research plan. It shows that research shouldn’t be seen as a dry, plodding aspect of writing. Instead, it’s an art that all writers can master, one that unearths surprises and fuels imagination. This lends authenticity to fiction and poetry as well as nonfiction. Philip Gerard distills the process into fundamental questions: How do you conduct research? And what can you do with the information you gather? He covers both in-person research and work in archives and illustrates how the different types of research can be incorporated into stories, poems, and essays using examples from a wide range of writers in addition to those from his own projects. Throughout, Gerard brings knowledge from his seasoned background into play, drawing on his experiences as a reporter and a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His enthusiasm for adventure is infectious and will inspire writers to step away from the keyboard and into the world. “Research can take you to that golden intersection where the personal meets the public, the private crosses the universal, where the best literature lives,” Gerard writes. With his masterly guidance, anyone can become an expert in artful investigation.

The Modern Library Writer s Workshop

Provides helpful observations and techniques for would-be fiction writers on such topics as cultivating one's creative imagination, the mechanics of plot and character development, and narrative thinking.

Author: Stephen Koch

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: UOM:39015056896155

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 246

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Provides helpful observations and techniques for would-be fiction writers on such topics as cultivating one's creative imagination, the mechanics of plot and character development, and narrative thinking.

Farthest South Other Stories

... Tyree \ Our Secret Life in the Movies Katie Chase \ Man and Wife Sam Allingham \ The Great American Songbook Michael Noll \ The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction Rita Bullwinkel \ Belly Up Thank you all for your support.

Author: Ethan Rutherford

Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing

ISBN: 9781646050482

Category: Fiction

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A baby is born with gills. Foxes raise and then lose a human child. A man, in the final throes of his deathbed fever-dream, experiences a cross-Antarctic voyage. The stories in Furthest South, the second story collection from renowned writer Ethan Rutherford, find characters in the most unexpectedly menacing of circumstances, in which their sanity, happiness, and safety are put to the test. Formally ambitious, with an eye toward the strange, with a inimitable style all Rutherford's own, each story is nonetheless firmly grounded by a deep, human concern: the anxiety of family connection and humanity.

The Creative Writer s Survival Guide

What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. 3d ed. ... Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. 8th ed. ... The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field.

Author: John McNally

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587299490

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

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Beginning with “The Writer’s Wonderland—Or: A Warning” and ending with “You’ve Published a Book—Now What?” The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide is a must-read for creative-writing students and teachers, conference participants, and aspiring writers of every stamp. Directed primarily at fiction writers but suitable for writers of all genres, John McNally’s guide is a comprehensive, take-no-prisoners blunt, highly idiosyncratic, and delightfully subjective take on the writing life. McNally has earned the right to dispense advice on this subject. He has published three novels, two collections of short fiction, and hundreds of individual stories and essays. He has edited six anthologies and worked with editors at university presses, commercial houses, and small presses. He has earned three degrees, including an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and taught writing to thousands of students at nine different universities. But he has received far more rejections than acceptances, has endured years of underpaid adjunct work, and is presently hard at work on a novel for which he has no guarantee of publication. In other words, he’s been at the writing game long enough to rack up plenty of the highs and lows that translate into an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to become a writer or anyone who is already a writer but doesn’t know how to take the next step toward the writing life. In the sections The Decision to Become a Writer, Education and the Writer, Getting Published, Publicity, Employment for Writers, and The Writer’s Life, McNally wrestles with writing degrees and graduate programs, the nuts and bolts of agents and query letters and critics, book signings and other ways to promote your book, alcohol and other home remedies, and jobs for writers from adjunct to tenure-track. Chapters such as “What Have You Ever Done That’s Worth Writing About?” “Can Writing Be Taught?” “Rejection: Putting It in Perspective,” “Writing as a Competitive Sport,” “Seven Types of MLA Interview Committees,” “Money and the Writer,” and the all-important “Talking about Writing vs. Writing” cover a vast range of writerly topics from learning your craft to making a living at it. McNally acts as the writer’s friendly drill sergeant, relentlessly honest but bracingly cheerful as he issues his curmudgeonly marching orders. Alternately cranky and philosophical, full of to-the-point anecdotes and honest advice instead of wonkish facts and figures, The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide is a snarky, truthful, and immensely helpful map to being a writer in today’s complex world.

One Year to a Writing Life

Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft Susan M. Tiberghien. ———. The Writing Life. ... Vestal Review 2005 (www.vestalreview.net/Gifts) Gardner, John, The Art of Fiction. ... Guthrie, A.B. A Field Guide to Writing Fiction.

Author: Susan M. Tiberghien

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786750429

Category: Reference

Page: 288

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Whether you are a writer of fiction or essays, or want to explore poetry or memoir, Tiberghien's twelve fundamental lessons will help you discover and develop your own distinct voice. Tiberghien's inventive exercises focus on the processes unique to each genre, while also offering skills applicable to any kind of writing, from authentic dialogue to masterful short-shorts. With vivid examples from literary masters such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Eduardo Galeano, May Sarton, Terry Tempest Williams, and Orhan Pamuk, One Year to a Writing Life is an essential guidebook of exercises, practical advice, and wisdom for anyone looking to embrace, explore, and implement creativity in everyday life.

Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online

Build in solo field trips where students go in search of imagery, then post their writing to the 30/30 challenge a. ... Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway, and The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Writing Fiction by Michael Noll ...

Author: Tamara Girardi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000374483

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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As the online world of creative writing teaching, learning, and collaborating grows in popularity and necessity, this book explores the challenges and unique benefits of teaching creative writing online. This collection highlights expert voices who have taught creative writing effectively in the online environment, to broaden the conversation regarding online education in the discipline, and to provide clarity for English and writing departments interested in expanding their offerings to include online creative writing courses but doing so in a way that serves students and the discipline appropriately. Interesting as it is useful, Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online offers a contribution to creative writing scholarship and begins a vibrant discussion specifically regarding effectiveness of online education in the discipline.

Writing Fiction

The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, 7e by novelists Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision by providing practical writing ...

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 0205750346

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 410

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The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, 7e by novelists Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision by providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples. Written in a tone that is personal and non-prescriptive, the text encourages students to develop proficiency through each step of the writing process, offering an abundance of exercises designed to spur writing and creativity. The text also integrates diverse contemporary short stories in every chapter in the belief that the reading of inspiring fiction goes hand-in-hand with the writing of fresh and exciting stories.

The Writer s Quotebook

500 Authors on Creativity, Craft, and the Writing Life Jim Fisher. Writers often get. ... John O'Hara, in MacShane, ed., Collected Stories of John O'Hara. Writing good dialect. ... A. B. Guthrie, Jr., Field Guide to Writing Fiction ...

Author: Jim Fisher

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813538822

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 239

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If you have ever stared at a page that remains stubbornly blank; if you have ever wondered why writers write, or whether good writers are born or made; if you are a novelist, playwright, poet, or journalist, or simply delight in the written word, The Writer's Quote book is for you. Whether you keep it in your office, on your coffee table, next to your keyboard or your bed, this rich compendium of over one thousand quotations will inspire, invigorate, and illuminate the often challenging, sometimes humorous, but always fascinating task of those who bring words to life.From William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway to Doris Lessing and Joyce Carol Oates, more than five hundred published writers put pen to paper on what the literary life is all about. Selections come from seasoned professionals as well as those just establishing their voice, and they represent a variety of nationalities and genres. The book is divided into three sections. The first part is devoted to the creative process, including thoughts on where writers get their ideas, the role of inspiration, what kind of people write, and where talent comes from. In part two, the subject shifts to writing as a craft. Here, authors ponder the creation of protagonists and points of view, the writing of dialogue, setting and description, creating plots, and the anatomy of style. The final third of the book deals with the challenges and rewards that come with the writing life. Subjects in this section include the economic realities of writing, classes, conferences, and workshops, dealing with rejection and bad reviews, writing habits and rituals, despair, alcohol, and suicide, and fame.Articulated with elegant metaphor, in straightforward prose, or with wry wit, the carefully selected and thoughtfully organized quotations come together to form a narrative that entertains, informs, and in the case of aspiring writers, shows the way to better writing.Jim Fisher is a professor emeritus at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of five nonfiction books, including The Lindbergh Case (Rutgers University Press) and Ten Percent of Nothing.

The Poets Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer

Robin Hemley, A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel (University of Georgia Press, 2012). Maya Angelou, “The Art of Fiction No. 119,” interviewed by George Plimpton, Paris Review, Issue 116, 1990.

Author: Kevin Larimer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982123086

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 496

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The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers. For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. Here is the writing bible for authors of all genres and forms, covering topics such as how to: -Harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity -Develop your work from initial idea to final draft -Find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career -Find the best MFA program for you -Publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform -Research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life -Decide between traditional publishing and self-publishing -Find the right literary agent -Anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals -Work successfully with an editor and your publishing team -Market yourself and your work in a digital world -Approach financial planning and taxes as a writer -And much more Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers Magazine, this book brings an unrivaled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Filled with insider information like sample query letters, pitch letters, lists of resources, and worksheets for calculating freelance rates, tracking submissions, and managing your taxes, the guide does more than demystify the writing life—it also provides an array of powerful tools for building a sustainable career as a writer. In addition to the wealth of insights into creativity, publishing, and promotion are first-person essays from bestselling authors, including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Ocean Vuong, as well as reading lists from award-winning writers such as Anthony Doerr, Cheryl Strayed, and Natalie Diaz. Here, at last, is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writer’s desk.

Writing Fiction

The text also integrates diverse, contemporary short stories in the belief that the reading of inspiring fiction goes hand-in-hand with the writing of fresh and exciting stories.

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 0321923162

Category: Education

Page: 400

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The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, Ninth Edition guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision. A bestseller through eight editions, Writing Fiction explores the elements of fiction, providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples. Written in a tone that is personal and non-prescriptive, the text encourages students to develop proficiency through each step of the writing process, offering an abundance of exercises designed to spur writing and creativity. The text also integrates diverse, contemporary short stories in the belief that the reading of inspiring fiction goes hand-in-hand with the writing of fresh and exciting stories.

The Art of Creative Research

A Field Guide for Writers Philip Gerard ... Instead of struggling to master both the meaning of his own life and the craft of fiction, say, a young writer can turn the focus of his craft away from his own life and toward ...

Author: Philip Gerard

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226179803

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

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Everyone who writes a novel, a poem, or a memoir almost certainly conducts research along the waywhether to develop a story idea, or to capture the voice, the speech patterns, or the exact words of a character, or to ensure authenticity or accuracy of detail in describing a person, a place, an object, a setting. This kind of experiential research is an art form of its own, and this book is the first to treat it as such. Addressing writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, Philip Gerard covers all the different kinds of archives that might inform creative work, including historical documents, site visits, interviews, and memory. He offers practical tips for drawing on these different types of sources, including such mundane matters as planning and budgeting for travel costs, arranging access in advance, and troubleshooting when plans go awry. And he illustrates how the insights gleaned from research can be incorporated into stories, poems, and nonfiction using examples from a wide range of writers."

The Liar s Companion

A must-have collection of essays on the art and craft of fiction from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block.

Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453218548

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 342

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A must-have collection of essays on the art and craft of fiction from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block. Collected here for the first time are writings that illuminate the tricks of the authorial trade, from creating a fresh story and delivering a powerful ending, to adapting books for the screen and deciding when to make the switch to fulltime writer.

The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit

RESOURCE DIRECTORY A. On Craft & Technique Bickham , Jack M. Writing and Selling Your Novel . ... Bickham is a gifted writing teacher with 80 novels to his credit . ... Guthrie , A.B. Jr. A Field Guide to Writing Fiction .

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399528288

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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ENHANCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING YOUR NOVEL PUBLISHED WITH THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND GUIDE Writers often spend years perfecting their first novel—then hit a dead end when it comes to getting it published. Learning to market your novel will make it stand out from the thousands of other books clamoring for the attention of an ever shrinking number of publishers. In this book, Elizabeth Lyon offers the wisdom of more than twenty years of experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy. You will learn: · How to categorize your novel, and the sixteen ways of describing it · Nine ways of selling your novel · Descriptions of the jobs of literary agent, editor, and writer · Examples of actual story synopses, and successful query letters—in all the genres · How to prepare sample chapters · Thirty questions a writer needs to ask a prospective agent

Writing Short Stories

Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story, Salt, 2013 Masih, Tara (ed.), The Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, Rose Metal Press, 2009 Journals FlashFiction.net http://flashfiction.net/ Flash: The International Short Short ...

Author: Courttia Newland

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474257299

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing short fiction successfully. PART 1 explores the nature and history of the form, personal reflections by the editors, and help getting started with ideas, planning and research. PART 2 includes tips by leading short story writers, including: Alison Moore, Jane Rogers, Edith Pearlman, David Vann, Anthony Doerr, Vanessa Gebbie, Alexander MacLeod, Adam Thorpe and Elspeth Sandys. PART 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and exploring your characters to beating writers' block, rewriting and publishing your stories.

The Road to Somewhere

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, John Gardner (Vintage Books (USA), 1991) How Fiction Works, ... The Definitive Guide to Screenwriting, Syd Field (Ebury Press, 2003) How Plays Work, David Edgar (Nick Hern Books, ...

Author: Robert Graham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350309258

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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This revised, updated and expanded new edition of The Road to Somewhere will help you to acquire the craft and disciplines needed to develop as a writer in today's world. It is ideal for anyone - student writers, writing teachers and seasoned authors - seeking practical guidance, new ideas and creative inspiration. The Road to Somewhere: A Creative Writing Companion, second edition offers: - New chapters on writing for digital media, flash fiction, memoir, style and taking your writing out into the world - updated chapters on fiction, scripts, poetry, and experimental forms - An examination of creative processes and advice on how to read as a writer - Many practical exercises and useable course materials - Extensive references and suggestions for further reading - Information on how to get work published or produced, in real and virtual worlds - Tips on how to set up and run writing workshops and groups - A complete Agony Aunt section to help with blocks and barriers - Guidance on the more technical aspects of writing such as layout and grammar And, to lighten your writing journey a little, we've tried to make this second edition even wittier and smarter than the first. So whether you see yourself as a published professional or a dedicated dabbler, this is the book to take along for the ride.

A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila and Other Stories

–JASON ERIK LUNDBERG, author of Strange Mammals “The thing about Dean Francis Alfar is that he does not merely rest on being the 'dean of speculative fiction' in the Philippines. True, his stories continually break ground in the name of ...

Author: Dean Francis Alfar

Publisher: Anvil Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9789712731983

Category: Fiction

Page: 151

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A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila is a map to the worlds of award-winning fictionist Dean Francis Alfar’s imagination. The real and the unreal intersect in these fifteen stories of fantasy, science fiction, and horror and celebrate the wonder of speculative fiction.

Family Trouble

He is also the author of the popular craft books Turning Life into Fiction and A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel. His book of short stories, Reply All, was published by Break Away Books, an imprint of ...

Author: Joy Castro

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496209160

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Whenever a memoirist gives a reading, someone in the audience is sure to ask: How did your family react? Revisiting our pasts and exploring our experiences, we often reveal more of our nearest and dearest than they might prefer. This volume navigates the emotional and literary minefields that any writer of family stories or secrets must travel when depicting private lives for public consumption. Essays by twenty-five memoirists, including Faith Adiele, Alison Bechdel, Jill Christman, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Rigoberto González, Robin Hemley, Dinty W. Moore, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Mimi Schwartz, explore the fraught territory of family history told from one perspective, which, from another angle in the family drama, might appear quite different indeed. In her introduction to this book, Joy Castro, herself a memoirist, explores the ethical dilemmas of writing about family and offers practical strategies for this tricky but necessary subject. A sustained and eminently readable lesson in the craft of memoir, Family Trouble serves as a practical guide for writers to find their own version of the truth while still respecting family boundaries.

A Field Guide for Immersion Writing

At the time, I had published five books, and only the book about my sister could be truly considered a work of nonfiction (I had also written a craft book, but this was concerned with fiction). So I had a fair amount of convincing to do ...

Author: Robin Hemley

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820342559

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 193

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Discusses the various types of immersion writing, including travel, memoir, and journalism, and explains some of the issues that writers encounter in reporting about the factual world and in describing other people and their own inner experiences.

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction

Features 26 eminent writers, editors, and teachers offering expert analysis, focused exercises, and helpful examples of what make the brief essay form such a perfect medium for experimentation, insight, and illumination.

Author: Dinty W. Moore

Publisher: Rose Metal PressInc

ISBN: 0984616667

Category: Reference

Page: 179

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Literary Nonfiction. Writing Reference. Unmatched in its focus on a concise and popular emerging genre, THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH NONFICTION features 26 eminent writers, editors, and teachers offering expert analysis, focused exercises, and helpful examples of what make the brief essay form such a perfect medium for experimentation, insight, and illumination. With a comprehensive introduction to the genre and book by editor Dinty W. Moore, this guide is perfect for both the classroom and the individual writer's desk—an essential handbook for anyone interested in the scintillating and succinct flash nonfiction form. How many words does it take to tell a compelling true story? The answer might surprise you. Featuring essays from: Barrie Jean Borich, Jenny Boully, Norma Elia Cantú, Rigoberto González, Carol Guess, Jeff Gundy, Philip Graham, Robin Hemley, Barbara Hurd, Judith Kitchen, Eric LeMay, Dinah Lenney, Bret Lott, Patrick Madden, Lee Martin, Maggie McKnight, Brenda Miller, Kyle Minor, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Anne Panning, Lia Purpura, Sue William Silverman, Jennifer Sinor, Peggy Shumaker, Ira Sukrungruang, and Nicole Walker. "THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH NONFICTION, edited by the invaluable Dinty W. Moore, is a lot more than flashy. These thoughtful, thought-provoking essays and exercises have the paradoxical effect of slowing down our attention and encouraging an expansion of the moment, while seeming to be saving writing and reading time. A very useful compilation."—Phillip Lopate, author of Art of the Personal Essay "Flash-in-the-pan? Hardly. The flash nonfiction genre has staying power, and THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH NONFICTION will show you why. Opening with a thorough and informative history of the genre, renowned writer, editor, and teacher Dinty W. Moore assembles a cast of writers who share their expertise, suggest writing exercises, and provide exemplary models of the best flash nonfiction being written today. This book is required reading for any writer, editor, or teacher of the brief nonfiction form."—Rebecca McClanahan, author of The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings and Word Painting