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Writing Creative Nonfiction: Fiction Techniques for Crafting Great Nonfiction Paperback – 1 Feb 2001


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WRITING CREATIVE NON-FICTION outlines the tried-and-tested techniques that successful writers use to craft brilliant essays, articles and book-length works, making the tools of the trade accessible to those of us who have always dreamed of making our mark in publishing. Learn how to write gripping opening sentences, and use dialogue and even overheard conversations to bring characters to life on the page. Learn how you too can become a cultural critic, biographer or esteemed essayist.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writing Creative Nonfiction: Fiction Techniques for Crafting Great Nonfiction 27 Aug. 2007
By Lee Shackelton - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I ordered three like books at the same time, after reading, highlighting and re-reading Theodore A. Rees Cheney's book, I tossed the other two aside, unread. Cheney's book is a complete primer, replete with numerous published examples of the techniques he presents in each and every lesson/chapter. Cheney's "Writing Creative Nonfiction: - -" while steadfastly keeping the distinction between fact and fiction clearly in mind, this guide teaches how to borrow from the art of fiction writing to enhance readability while sticking to the truth. A great text book for beginners, and a valuable reminder for published writers of creative nonfiction. Leland J. Shackelton
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work 6 Feb. 2013
By Kenny A. Chaffin - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book full of tons of examples from many well-known creative non-fiction works. As well as examples from fiction such as from Raymond Carver. No-nonsense approach to writing great non-fiction. (without the hype of some others I've read)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was recommended by Bill O'Hanlon in his on line course on ... 12 April 2015
By Mary Ellen Connett - Published on Amazon.com
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As I recently began the project of writing a non-fiction self-help book, I was immediately inspired to improve my writing in every chapter by the detailed examples of creative writing methods in Writing Creative Non-fiction. It was recommended by Bill O'Hanlon in his on line course on writing and publishing books.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less consise than expected 18 Jun. 2013
By Deltenney - Published on Amazon.com
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I looked forward to reading this book. It arrived promptly. I read it and was disappointed in the style and format of the book, compared to several other books on the same topic. The author seems to have taken the easy way out by quoting many paragraphs to analyze and discuss. I was tempted to let it go but I thought it might hold some key information buried within that I might possibly find helpful. One must patiently wade through the quoted material and laboriously search out the lessons to be learned. It appeared to me that the author developed a teaching formula most comfortable for him, disregarding the reader's point of view. The author did stick to topic, though, and that is appreciated.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. 21 Sept. 2015
By J. Sloan - Published on Amazon.com
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