Good Prose

. . . This is a must read for nonfiction writers.”—Library Journal “As approachable and applicable as any writing manual available.”—Associated Press

Good Prose

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS Good Prose is an inspiring book about writing—about the creation of good prose—and the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. The story begins in 1973, in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly, in Boston, where a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor who encouraged him. From that article grew a lifelong association. Before long, Kidder’s The Soul of a New Machine, the first book the two worked on together, had won the Pulitzer Prize. It was a heady moment, but for Kidder and Todd it was only the beginning of an education in the art of nonfiction. Good Prose explores three major nonfiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, sometimes comically, on their own experience—their mistakes as well as accomplishments—to demonstrate the pragmatic ways in which creative problems get solved. They also turn to the works of a wide range of writers, novelists as well as nonfiction writers, for models and instruction. They talk about narrative strategies (and about how to find a story, sometimes in surprising places), about the ethical challenges of nonfiction, and about the realities of making a living as a writer. They offer some tart and emphatic opinions on the current state of language. And they take a clear stand against playing loose with the facts. Their advice is always grounded in the practical world of writing and publishing. Good Prose—like Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style—is a succinct, authoritative, and entertaining arbiter of standards in contemporary writing, offering guidance for the professional writer and the beginner alike. This wise and useful book is the perfect companion for anyone who loves to read good books and longs to write one. Praise for Good Prose “Smart, lucid, and entertaining.”—The Boston Globe “You are in such good company—congenial, ironic, a bit old-school—that you’re happy to follow [Kidder and Todd] where they lead you.”—The Wall Street Journal “[A] well-structured, to-the-point, genuinely useful, and fun-to-read guide to writing narrative nonfiction, essays, and memoir . . . Crisp, informative, and mind-expanding.”—Booklist “A gem . . . The finer points of creative nonfiction are molded into an inspiring read that will affect the would-be writer as much as Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird or Stephen King’s On Writing. . . . This is a must read for nonfiction writers.”—Library Journal “As approachable and applicable as any writing manual available.”—Associated Press

Library Lin s Curated Collection of Superlative Nonfiction

Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, 2013. Tracy Kidder began his collaborations with Richard Todd at the Atlantic Monthly while still an unknown writer. They first worked together on The Soul of a New ...

Library Lin s Curated Collection of Superlative Nonfiction

Trust a librarian to help you find books you’ll want to read Library Lin’s Curated Collection of Superlative Nonfiction is a librarian’s A-list of nonfiction books organized by subject area—just like a library. Linda Maxie (Library Lin) combed through 65 best books lists going back a century. She reviewed tens of thousands of books, sorted them according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system, and selected an entire library’s worth for you to browse without leaving home. Here you’ll find • Summaries of outstanding titles in every subject • Suggestions for locating reading material specific to your needs and interests In this broad survey of all the nonfiction categories, you will find titles on everything from the A-bomb to Zen Buddhism. You might find yourself immersed in whole subject areas that you never thought you’d be interested in.

Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose

Good prose: The art of nonfiction. New York: Random House. Kirsch, A. (2012). In praise of style. The New York Times Book Review. January 22, p. 13. Kluger, J. (2013, September 23). The art of living. Time 182 (13): 44–50.

Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose

Ch. 1. A writing workshop -- ch. 2. The poetry of what we do and the playground of clinical prose -- ch. 3. Narrative meaning and technique -- ch. 4. Short stories -- ch. 5. The evocative mode -- ch. 6. The enactive mode -- ch. 7. Lyric narratives -- ch. 8. The paradigmatic mode -- ch. 9. Narrative moves and interweaves -- ch. 10. Voice -- ch. 11. Introductions -- ch. 12. The narrative axis -- ch. 13. The conceptual axis -- ch. 14. Shapes of arguments -- ch. 15. Using sources -- ch. 16. Conclusions -- ch. 17. Revising -- ch. 18. Confidentiality and disguise.

A Self Made of Words

Good Prose: The Art of Non fiction. New York: Random House, 2013. Kramer, Mark, and Wendy Call, eds. Telling True Stories: The Nonfiction Writer's Guidefrom the Nieman Foundation ofHarvard University. New York: Penguin, 2007.

A Self Made of Words

Confident or fretful, solemn or sassy, tough or tender, casual or formal: the self you project in writing—your persona—is the byproduct of numerous decisions you make about what to say and how to say it. Though any single word or phrase or sentence might make little difference within the scope of an entire essay or book, collectively they create an impression of who you are or seem to be—an impression that’s sure to influence how readers respond to your work. Thus it’s essential to take charge of how you come across on the page, to craft an appropriate persona for whatever you’re writing, whether it’s a personal essay, a blog, a technical report, a letter to the editor, or a memoir. In this wise and ingenious little guide, noted essayist Carl Klaus shows you how to adapt your self to the needs of such varied nonfiction, by varying his own persona to illustrate the distinctive effect produced by each aspect and element of writing. Klaus divides his book into two parts: first, an introduction to the nature and function of a persona, then a survey of the most important elements of writing that contribute to the character of a persona, from point of view and organization to diction and sentence structure. Both parts contain exercises that will give you practice in developing a persona of your choice. Challenging and stimulating, each of his exercises focuses on a distinctly different aspect of composition and style, so as to help you develop the skills of a versatile and personable writer. By focusing on the most important ways of projecting your self in nonfiction prose, you can learn to craft a distinctive self in your writing.

Writing Abroad

Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art. Portland, OR: Eighth Mountain Press, 1997. Boynton, Robert S. The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers ... Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction—Stories and Advice ...

Writing Abroad

“Tell me all about your trip!” It’s a request that follows travelers as they head out into the world, and one of the first things they hear when they return. When we leave our homes to explore the wider world, we feel compelled to capture the experiences and bring the story home. But for those who don’t think of themselves as writers, putting experiences into words can be more stressful than inspirational. Writing Abroad is meant for travelers of all backgrounds and writing levels: a student embarking on overseas study; a retiree realizing a dream of seeing China; a Peace Corps worker in Kenya. All can benefit from documenting their adventures, whether on paper or online. Through practical advice and adaptable exercises, this guide will help travelers hone their observational skills, conduct research and interviews, choose an appropriate literary form, and incorporate photos and videos into their writing. Writing about travel is more than just safeguarding memories—it can transform experiences and tease out new realizations. With Writing Abroad, travelers will be able to deepen their understanding of other cultures and write about that new awareness in clear and vivid prose.

Storycraft Second Edition

The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction Jack Hart. Johnson, Rheta Grimsley. ... Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction. ... Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.

Storycraft  Second Edition

Jack Hart, master writing coach and former managing editor of the Oregonian, has guided several Pulitzer Prize–winning narratives to publication. Since its publication in 2011, his book Storycraft has become the definitive guide to crafting narrative nonfiction. This is the book to read to learn the art of storytelling as embodied in the work of writers such as David Grann, Mary Roach, Tracy Kidder, and John McPhee. In this new edition, Hart has expanded the book’s range to delve into podcasting and has incorporated new insights from recent research into storytelling and the brain. He has also added dozens of new examples that illustrate effective narrative nonfiction. This edition of Storycraft is also paired with Wordcraft, a new incarnation of Hart’s earlier book A Writer’s Coach, now also available from Chicago.

Immersion

Vivian Gornick, The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative (2002). ... An engaging and literate how-to for writers of narrative nonfiction. ... Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction (2013).

Immersion

Over three and a half decades, Ted Conover has ridden the rails with hoboes, crossed the border with Mexican immigrants, guarded prisoners in Sing Sing, and inspected meat for the USDA. His books and articles chronicling these experiences, including the award-winning Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, have made him one of the premier practitioners of immersion reporting. In immersion reporting—a literary cousin to ethnography, travel writing, and memoir—the writer fully steps into a new world or culture, participating in its trials, rites, and rituals as a member of the group. The end results of these firsthand experiences are familiar to us from bestsellers such as Nickel and Dimed and Behind the Beautiful Forevers. But in a world of wary strangers, where does one begin? Conover distills decades of knowledge into an accessible resource aimed at writers of all levels. He covers how to “get into” a community, how to conduct oneself once inside, and how to shape and structure the stories that emerge. Conover is also forthright about the ethics and consequences of immersion reporting, preparing writers for the surprises that often surface when their piece becomes public. Throughout, Conover shares anecdotes from his own experiences as well as from other well-known writers in this genre, including Alex Kotlowitz, Anne Fadiman, and Sebastian Junger. It’s a deep-in-the-trenches book that all aspiring immersion writers should have in hand as they take that first leap into another world.

Poets Writers Complete Guide to Being A Writer

James Baldwin, “The Art of Fiction No. 78,” Paris Review, 1984. 81. ... Five: Finding Community Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction (Random House, 2013). Reginald Dwayne Betts, “Where Big Books Are Born: ...

Poets   Writers Complete Guide to Being A Writer

For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers for help with their professional development. In this book Poets & Writers provides the authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career. From kickstarting your creativity and developing your style to getting your work read and published, this is the bible for authors of all genres and forms. 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

On Point

... Style by William Strunk and E. B. White Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen ...

On Point

Personal writing can be risky for anyone, but for military veterans, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress, sharing stories can trigger painful and disturbing flashbacks. Writing is also risky for the ego. It is one thing to write a military story, especially one based on authentic experiences; it is quite another to muster the courage to share that story with others for critique and feedback. Award-winning journalist and author Tracy Crow presents a roadmap for writing an authentic, persuasive military story. Drawing from her personal experiences and those of other veteran writers, and from the insights of noteworthy writing and teaching professionals, On Point is the guide Crow wishes she'd had when she first began writing about her military experience. No previous writing guide specifically addresses the unique challenges and rewards facing soldiers who want to craft their military story with courage and candor.

A Story That Matters

Tracy Kidder, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, in Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, the wonderful book he's written ... writing voice to: “Listen to yourself, and listen to those writers who are so great that they cannot be imitated.

A Story That Matters

No matter who you are, your story is a part of something big—the fabric of history and the human experience. Once written and shared, your story will change someone. And that someone is most likely you. A Story that Matters offers an accessible and simplified way to get your stories written. Each chapter is divided into three sections: the first discusses memoir writing in the context of themes—motherhood, childhood, relationships, professional life, and spiritual journey; the second provides basic writing and editing prescription, with a focus on common beginner mistakes and roadblocks; and the third provides a sample story related to the life theme discussed in the first section of the chapter. Chock full of writing and editing lessons that focus on how to get a first draft written and how to craft the draft into a compelling story, A Story That Matters explores our ability to help, heal, and connect to others through story, reminding us of the greater need for a broader array of authentic voices in the story-sharing universe.

Write Better Right Now

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2013. If you want to read about writing, stick your nose in this book and get inspired. The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the ...

Write Better Right Now

In almost any career, you must know how to write—even if it’s not part of your job description. But if you are a reluctant writer, producing even the simplest memo may be a struggle. Write Better Right Now is the springboard to get you ahead in any job, passion project, or situation that requires writing skills. No matter what you are called upon to do—blog posts, speeches, web content, press releases, or more—this step-by-step manual gives you the solid techniques you need to get the task done. Write Better Right Now works because it is: Short—It takes a concise approach, from first thoughts to final edits, and its “mix-and-match” structure means you only have to read the sections you need. Practical—It is loaded with summations, short cuts, tips, cheat sheets, and hands-on exercises. Solution-driven—Knowing where you’ve gone wrong is half the battle. Write Better Right Now offers you the tools to identify your own problem patterns and choose the quickest and most appropriate fixes. You can improve your writing today. With straightforward guidance, Write Better Right Now is the quick read for productive people who need to create clear and crisp communication—right now.

Artful Truths

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction. New York: Random House, 2013. Kingston, Maxine Hong. Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts. 1976. New York: Knopf, 2010. Klaus, Carl H. The Made- Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal ...

Artful Truths

"From social media to the return of the personal essay to the rise of "autofiction," it seems we inhabit an era of unprecedented self-display. But self-display in its literary form, the memoir, has been around for ages, always freighted with formal and philosophical complexity from Augustine's Confessions on. In this book, philosopher Helena de Bres tackles the philosophy of memoir. What is memoir? Is all memoir really fiction? Should memoirists aim to tell the truth? What do memoirists owe the people they write about? And finally: Why write a memoir at all?"--

The Influential Author

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction by Richard Todd and Tracy Kidder • How to Be Invisible: Protect Your Home, Your Children, YourAssets, and Your Life by J. J. Luna • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It ...

The Influential Author

Do you have something important to say? Are your knowledge and experience unique, valuable, and in demand? Do you want to write a book that changes the way people think and live? By combining his experience as an educator and entrepreneur, author Gregory V. Diehl teaches passionate thinkers how to turn unique messages into profitable books--without sacrificing royalties or creative control to a publisher. With in-depth advice about all stages of book creation, publication, and marketing, The InfluentialAuthor takes a uniquely grounded and intellectual approach to nonfiction self-publishing. Unlike self-publishing guides that promise to teach you how to write a bestselling book quickly and easily, Diehl's book actually walks you through the complex details of planning, writing, editing, and promoting your work at the standards of traditional publishing. Whether you are an experienced writer or have just started thinking about how to write a nonfiction book, The Influential Author will teach you about: -Combining your passions and experience with reader demand to decide what book to write. -Organizing your knowledge into sections and chapters for maximum comprehension and flow. -Refining your book with feedback from editors, proofreaders, beta readers, and market testing. -Choosing a title, subtitle, description, and cover design that capture your message and create sales. -Pricing and promoting each format of your book (digital, print, and audio) for maximum readership and revenue. Enjoying lifelong passive income, influence, and meaning from your book's success. Publishing a book could be one of the most important things you ever do. Read The Influential Author to begin your path to writing nonfiction books that matter.

Writing after Retirement

Priscilla Long, The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft and the Writing Life (Seattle: Wallingford Press, 2010), 8. 20. Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction (New York: Random House, 2013), 125.

Writing after Retirement

This anthology explores the many avenues would-be writers can take to initiate a career as a published author. It is filled with tips on how to write in a variety of genres and how to connect with other writers in his or her community. This book offers realistic advice that accurately portrays the challenges and obstacles aspiring writers face.

Rejection and Disaffiliation in Twenty First Century American Immigration Narratives

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction. New York: Random House, 2013. Print. Lennox, Malissia. “Refugees, Racism, and Reparations: A Critique of the United States' Haitian Immigration Policy.” Stanford Law Review 45.3 (February 1993): ...

Rejection and Disaffiliation in Twenty First Century American Immigration Narratives

Rejection and Disaffiliation in Twenty-First Century American Immigration Narratives examines changing attitudes about national sovereignty and affiliation. Katie Daily delinks twenty-first century American immigration narratives from 9/11, examining genre alterations within a scope of literary analysis that is wider than what “post-9/11” allows. What emerges is an understanding of the speed at which the rhetoric and aims of many twenty-first century immigration narratives significantly depart from the traditions established post-1900. Daily investigates a recent trend in which novelists and filmmakers question what it means to be an immigrant in contemporary America and explores how these “disaffiliation” narratives challenge some of the most fundamental traditions in American literature and society.

Write Your Book

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction. 2013. king, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir ofthe Craft, 10th anniversary ed. 1999. kleon, Austin. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. 2012. kozik, Donna.

Write Your Book

Have you started writing a nonfiction book that you are struggling to finish? Do you have an idea for a book but dont know how to get started? Now you can start and finish your book sooner rather than later following an easy 7 step process that forms the foundation for the way most nonfiction books are written. This insiders guide starts by helping you find the time to write your book and then walks you through creating your proposal, developing your writing plan, and writing your first draft. Along the way youll determine when you could finish your book based on your personal writing output and the time you have available to write. Youll also discover the 7 secrets to finishing your book sooner rather than later including how to transform your dreams into your vision and how to establish the goals and action steps needed to make your vision a reality. Writing a book is similar to taking a journey. Having a plan and putting in the necessary time gets you from where you are to where you want to be. This book takes you step-by-step through the process of developing your plan and following through to write your book sooner rather than later. If you're ready to finish your book and to begin to see the impact it has in the lives of others then read this quick guide and take the steps to make it happen!

Publish Your Family History

Kidder, Tracy and Richard Todd. Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction. New York: Random House, 2013. Kitchel, Dwain L. Writing and Marketing a Family History in the 1990s. Knoxville, TN: Tennessee Valley Publicatiions, 1990. Kramer, Mark.

Publish Your Family History

If you have stories to share with your family, whether you have been researching a short time or a long time, this book will: * take you through the four stages of publishing projects * show you how publishing works * help you pick a project to publish * lead you through a research review to see what you have and what you still need to tell the stories in a compelling way * give you the skills to become a good storyteller * lead you through the process of editing * instruct you how to prepare your manuscript to look like it was professionally published and * help you spread the word that you have a book available Everything you need to write and publish your family history. Keywords: family history, genealogy, write a family history, write a genealogy, publish your family history, how to self-publish, book publishing, storytelling, book marketing, designing a book

Revise

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, pp. 3, 6. New York: Random House, 2013. Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, pp. 19, 90. New York: Penguin Random House, 1994. Lasch, Christopher.

Revise

A helpful, engaging guide to the revision of scholarly writing by an editor and award-winning author "Pamela Haag has been called 'the tenure whisperer' for good reason. Any scholar who hopes to attract a wider audience of readers will benefit from the brilliant, step-by-step guidance shared here. It's pure gold for all aspiring nonfiction writers."--Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America Writing and revision are two different skills. Many scholar-writers have learned something about how to write, but fewer know how to read and revise their own writing, spot editorial issues, and transform a draft from passable to great. Drawing on before and after examples from more than a decade as a developmental editor of scholarly works, Pamela Haag tackles the most common challenges of scholarly writing. This book is packed with practical, user-friendly advice and is written with warmth, humor, sympathy, and flair. With an inspiring passion for natural language, Haag demonstrates how to reconcile clarity with intellectual complexity. Designed to be an in-the-trenches desktop reference, this indispensable resource can help scholars develop a productive self-editing habit, advise their graduate and other students on style, and, ultimately, get their work published and praised.

Entwined with Vietnam

Creative Nonfiction, Issue 55, Spring 2015. 21. Sigmund Freud, “Screen Memories,” in Gail ... Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory. ... Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction. New York: Random House, ...

Entwined with Vietnam

In 1968, Theodore Hammett entered a war he believed was wrong, pressured by his father's threat to disown him if he withdrew from a Marine Corps officer candidate program. He hated the Vietnam War and soon grew to hate Vietnam and its people. As a supply officer at a field hospital uncomfortably near the DMZ, he employed thievery, bargaining and lies to secure supplies for his unit and retained his sanity with the help of alcohol, music and the promise of going home. In 2008, he returned to Vietnam for a five-year "second tour" to assist in improving HIV/AIDS policies and prevention programs in Hanoi. His memoir recounts his service at the height of the war, and how the country he detested became his second home.

Kill the Elevator Speech

Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction (New York: Random House, 2013). 2. Aristotle, The Art of Rhetoric, Book III, Chapter XII. 3. J. Stauffer, R. Frost, W. Rybolt, “The attention factor in recalling network ...

Kill the Elevator Speech

Contrary to popular marketing and networking wisdom, regurgitating a memorized “elevator speech” all over a poor unsuspecting soul who happens to ask the dreaded “what do you do?” question, does not work to establish a true connection with another human being. Kill the Elevator Speech is about why those standard, memorized verbal vomits are so horribly wrong and what to do and say instead that will actually bring people together, help others understand who you are, and create the beginnings of a referral and professional relationship to go beyond the initial handshake and obligatory card swap. The reader will learn how to walk into any room, confidently knowing how to handle, answer and completely address the question “what do you do?” with ease and grace, while also making the person they are speaking to feel comfortable and connected.