The Craft of Professional Writing

A Guide for Amateur and Professional Writers

Author: Michael S. Malone

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783088311

Category: Reference

Page: 332

View: 3522

The Craft of Professional Writing is the most complete book ever written about the real-life work of being a writer. Covering topics ranging from business writing (advertising, PR) to commercial work (news reporting, feature writing, blogging, non-fiction books) to creative writing (screenplays and novels), as well as advice on pitching, rejection and leading a writer’s life, the narrative is filled with anecdotes and illuminating stories, as well as tricks of the trade in each form of writing. For the student, The Craft of Professional Writing is the most wide-ranging and practical textbook on the subject. Designed to be an instructional text for producing professional-level work, it is also a survey of the various writing professions to enable budding writers to make career decisions. For the professional, this book is the ultimate reference work—offering practical tips and advice they can return to again and again to help them through various phases of their career.
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Ideas Into Words

Mastering the Craft of Science Writing

Author: Elise Hancock

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801873294

Category: Science

Page: 151

View: 9958

"I am so proud to be Elise's student. Read this book and I suspect you will be too."--from the foreword by Robert Kanigel, author of "The Man Who Knew Infinity" From the latest breakthroughs in medical research and information technologies to new discoveries about the diversity of life on earth, science is becoming both more specialized and more relevant. Consequently, the need for writers who can clarify these breakthroughs and discoveries for the general public has become acute. In "Ideas into Words," Elise Hancock, a professional writer and editor with thirty years of experience, provides both novice and seasoned science writers with the practical advice and canny insights they need to take their craft to the next level. Rich with real-life examples and anecdotes, this book covers the essentials of science writing: finding story ideas, learning the science, opening and shaping a piece, polishing drafts, overcoming blocks, and conducting interviews with scientists and other experts who may not be accustomed to making their ideas understandable to lay readers. Hancock's wisdom will prove useful to anyone pursuing nonfiction writing as a career. She devotes an entire chapter to habits and attitudes that writers should cultivate, another to structure, and a third to the art of revision. Some of her advice is surprising (she cautions against slavish use of transitions, for example); all of it is hard-earned, astute, and wittily conveyed. This concise guide is essential reading for every writer attempting to explain the world of science to the rest of us.
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The Craft of Scene Writing

The Pursuit of Your Perfect Script

Author: Jim Mercurio

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781610353304

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

View: 9527

A professional screenwriter's master class in writing the most critical and challenging script element--the individual scene. No one comes out of a movie talking about structure. What audiences love and remember about a movie are great scenes. Marlon Brando in the back seat in On the Waterfront giving his "I could'a been a contender" speech. Meg Ryan's fake orgasm in Katz's Deli in When Harry Met Sally with the climactic punch line: "I'll have what she's having." In Superbad, Jonah Hill professing "I love you" to his friend Michael Cera by touching his nose with a "boop." Great scenes will elevate your script from ho-hum to extraordinary--and from the slush pile to sellable. In The Craft of Scene Writing, accomplished screenwriter and master writing teacher Jim Mercurio analyzes and systematizes the beats, conflicts, character moments, action, dialogue, and structure that create powerful scenes. Citing examples from scripts old and new, The Craft of Scene Writing breaks down how great scenes reveal character, advance the story, and emotionally connect with audiences, plus demonstrates how to use these techniques in your own scripts. This incredibly detailed exploration of screenwriting technique will help beginning writers to write great scripts and experienced writers to gain a more complete mastery of their craft.
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Das Leben und das Schreiben


Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641054001

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 8146

„Ich schreibe so lange, wie der Leser davon überzeugt ist, in den Händen eines erstklassigen Wahnsinnigen zu sein.“ Stephen King Während der Genesung nach einem schweren Unfall schreibt Stephen King seine Memoiren – Leben und Schreiben sind eins. Ein unverzichtbarer Ratgeber für alle angehenden Schriftsteller und eine Fundgrube für alle, die mehr über den König des Horror-Genres erfahren wollen. Ein kluges und gleichzeitig packendes Buch über gelebte Literatur. »Eine Konfession.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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The Craft of Scientific Communication

Author: Joseph E. Harmon,Alan G. Gross

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226316635

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 9704

The ability to communicate in print and person is essential to the life of a successful scientist. But since writing is often secondary in scientific education and teaching, there remains a significant need for guides that teach scientists how best to convey their research to general and professional audiences. The Craft of Scientific Communication will teach science students and scientists alike how to improve the clarity, cogency, and communicative power of their words and images. In this remarkable guide, Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross have combined their many years of experience in the art of science writing to analyze published examples of how the best scientists communicate. Organized topically with information on the structural elements and the style of scientific communications, each chapter draws on models of past successes and failures to show students and practitioners how best to negotiate the world of print, online publication, and oral presentation.
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The Craft of Scientific Writing

Author: Michael Alley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475724829

Category: Education

Page: 282

View: 2190

Designed to help both professional and student scientists and engineers write clearly and effectively, this text approaches the subject in a fresh way. Using scores of examples from a wide variety of authors and disciplines, the author - himself a writer and physicist -- demonstrates the difference between strong and weak scientific writing, and how to convey ideas to the intended audience. In addition, he gives advice on how to start writing, and how to revise drafts, including many suggestions about approaching a wide variety of tasks - from laboratory reports to grant proposals, from internal communications to press releases - as well as a concise guide to appropriate style and usage.
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The Craft of Editing

A Guide for Managers, Scientists, and Engineers

Author: Michael Alley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461212049

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

View: 6850

Designed for all those who deal with scientific and technical writing by others in universities, government labs, businesses, or engineering firms, this book helps readers become more effective and more efficient at editing the proposals, theses, journal articles, and reports that cross their desks and which need approving, grading, or reviewing. Written by the author of the best-selling "Craft of Scientific Writing", the guide deals with the subject in a refreshing way and includes a large number of enlightening examples and stories.
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The Way of Story the Craft and Soul of Writing

Author: Cathrine Ann Jones

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780976535201

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 195

View: 8872

No other writing book offers the solid craft to guarantee a good story along with the intangible inner dimensions of writing. The Way of Story is an integrative approach to writing narrative, illustrated with examples from various genres and insights from the author's own professional journey. Craft alone is not enough. It is the integration of both solid craft and experiential inner discovery that makes this book on writing unique.
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Der falsche Inder

Author: Abbas Khider

Publisher: Edition Nautilus

ISBN: 3960541120

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 1973

Ein geheimnisvolles arabisches Manuskript im ICE Berlin-München, das niemandem zu gehören scheint und worin acht Mal auf verschiedene Weise die Lebensgeschichte desjenigen erzählt wird, der es zufällig findet und liest. Dieses Romandebüt handelt von der Flucht eines jungen Irakers, der unter Saddam Hussein im Gefängnis saß und vor Krieg und Unterdrückung flieht, sich in mehreren Ländern als Hauslehrer, Gelegenheitsarbeiter, Kellner durchschlägt; der vom Unglück verfolgt scheint und doch immer wieder auf wundersame Weise gerettet wird. Auf seiner Reise durch Nordafrika und Europa trifft er viele andere Flüchtlinge aus aller Welt, die wie er auf der Suche nach einem Leben ohne Hunger und Krieg sind und dafür sehr viel opfern. Ihre Stimmen und Schicksale verbinden sich in Khiders Roman zu einem modernen realistischen Märchen. Abbas Khider verbindet das Tragische mit dem Komischen, das Groteske mit dem Alltäglichen, die Exotik des Orients mit den Lebenserfahrungen eines Flüchtlings. Er beeindruckt durch seinen ungeschönten Blick und die Beiläufigkeit, mit der er vom Elend wie von Wundern erzählt.
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The Artisan Way Collection

Comprising the Dunlith Hill Writing Guides to Surviving the Writing Life, Professional Relationships, Sustainable Creativity, and Artisan Publishing

Author: Deren Hansen

Publisher: Dunlith Hill

ISBN: 1938994140

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 353

View: 5509

Being a professional writer involves more than mastering the craft of writing and the art of storytelling. There are the constant challenges of managing your own expectations as a writer, dealing with other people in the industry, maintaining your creativity, and running what is, in truth, a small business. This collection includes four Dunlith Hill Writing Guides: Surviving the Writing Life: How to Write for Money without Going Crazy Professional Relationships: How to Deal with the Characters you can’t Re-write Sustainable Creativity: How to Enjoy a Committed, Long-term Relationship with your Muse Artisan Publishing: Why to Choose the Road Less Traveled Together, they will help you explore an art-and-craft-centered approach to your writing life we call, The Artisan Way.
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The Art and Craft of Case Writing

Author: William Naumes,Margaret J. Naumes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317458338

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 5506

Filled with helpful checklists, charts, and suggestions for further reading, this practical, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary guide takes readers through the entire case-writing process, including skills for writing both teaching cases and research cases. This edition includes new discussions of students as case writers, and how to interpret and respond to reviews, as well as updated and expanded material on video, multimedia and Internet cases.
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So You Want to Write

How to Master the Craft of Writing Fiction and Memoir

Author: Marge Piercy,Ira Wood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780972898454

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 324

View: 3027

Describes the elements that are necessary to write novels, short stories, and memoirs.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Screenwriting is Rewriting

The Art and Craft of Professional Revision

Author: Jack Epps, Jr.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628927380

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 8715

If there is one skill that separates the professional screenwriter from the amateur, it is the ability to rewrite successfully. From Jack Epps, Jr., the screenwriter of Top Gun, Dick Tracy, and The Secret of My Success, comes a comprehensive guide that explores the many layers of rewriting. In Screenwriting is Rewriting, Epps provides a practical and tested approach to organizing notes, creating a game plan, and executing a series of focused passes that address the story, character, theme, structure, and plot issues. Included are sample notes, game plans, and beat sheets from Epps' work on films such as Sister Act and Turner and Hooch. Also featured are exclusive interviews with Academy Award® winning screenwriters Robert Towne (Chinatown) and Frank Pierson (Dog Day Afternoon), along with Academy Award® nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich).
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The Art and Craft of Writing and Getting Published

Author: Michael Seidman

Publisher: Pomegrante Press (CA)


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 319

View: 3414

This complete manual on writing fiction in all genres takes readers through each phase -- from story idea to manuscript to submission -- with a step-by-step guide to the editing and publishing process (including negotiating a contract with or without an agent), and an informative section on writer's conferences and workshops.
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Happy Writing

Teaching the Craft of Writing Using Mentor Text

Author: Francina Mainer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692283202


Page: 114

View: 4354

Creating HAPPY writers isn't always an easy process. The truth for educators is that there is no continuity in teaching writing, especially in the elementary schools. There is no set curriculum for each grade. There is no scope and sequence for teachers to follow from grade to grade-using writing. There is a need for materials and strategies that teachers can turn to for guidance when their students' need the help for any subject that requires writing (which is ALL of them). As an educator, I have seen the effects of using mentor texts to help children to write. Mentor text is a term that is relatively new to some, but not to most educators. It's when the teacher introduces children's literature to students and they begin to study the writer's craft with the intent of improving that student's writing. "Happy Writing: Teaching The Craft of Writing Using Mentor Text" was designed to help teachers be consistent in their planning to write with students. It will also give examples of mini lessons to correlate with skills and writer's craft of different modes of writing. As a bonus, the book also includes writing resources teachers can use in their classrooms. Perfect For: Teachers Classroom Aids Homeschool Parents Parents Tutors
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The Writing Thief

Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing

Author: Ruth Culham

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1625311419


Page: N.A

View: 7194

It's been said that good writers borrow while great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Ruth Culham admits to being a writing thief--and she wants you and your students to become writing thieves, too! A major part of good writing instruction is finding the right mentor texts to share with students. Within this book, you'll discover more than 90 excellent mentor texts, along with straight-forward activities that incorporate the traits of writing across informational, narrative, and argument modes. Chapters also include brief essays from beloved writing thieves such as Lester Laminack, David L. Harrison, Lisa Yee, Nicola Davies, Ralph Fletcher, Toni Buzzeo, Lola Schaefer, and Kate Messner, detailing the reading that has influenced their own writing. Ruth's renowned easy-going style and friendly tone make this a book you'll turn to again and again as you guide your students to reach their full potential as deep, thoughtful readers and great writers. There's a writing thief in each of us when we learn how to read with a writer's eye!
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Brief, Concise, and Clear

Author: Andrew Corner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781516555062

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 308

View: 9589

Brief, Concise, and Clear: The Basics of Writing for Public Relations and Communications is a primer text that helps students transition from academic writing to writing that will help them succeed professionally. The text includes information about the craft of professional writing for general businesses as well as strategies used specifically for public relations audiences. Students are first introduced to the practice of public relations along with models, approaches, and career options. The text discusses writing mechanics, the need for good writing, and writing tone, as well as the importance of word choice, grammar, punctuation, and the process of editing, refining, and rewriting. The final chapter provides templates for business letters, press releases, web copy, and social media outlets. Successfully combining instruction on writing mechanics with an understanding of the demands of writing for public relations, Brief, Concise, and Clear is well suited to courses in the field, as well as those in advertising, marketing, and general business.
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Step-By-Step Strategies for Teaching Expository Writing

Author: Barbara Mariconda

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780439260817

Category: Education

Page: 128

View: 7831

Turn the challenge of teaching non fiction writing into a charmed success story! This resource provides logically ordered lessons that work. All aspects of expository writing covered.
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