Word Painting

Word Painting

A Guide to Writing More Descriptively

By Rebecca McClanahan

Writer's Digest Books, Paperback, 9781582970257, 250pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2000


Let Rebecca McClanahan guide you through an inspiring examination of description in its many forms. With her thoughtful instruction and engaging exercises, you'll learn to develop your senses and powers of observation to uncover the rich, evocative words that accurately portray your mind's images. McClanahan includes dozens of descriptive passages written by master poets and authors to illuminate the process. She also teaches you how to weave writing together using description as a unifying thread.

About the Author
Rebecca McClanahan has published ten books--of poetry, essays, writing instruction, and memoir--most recently "The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change". Her work has appeared in "Best American Essays", "Best American Poetry", "The Georgia Review", "The Kenyon Review", "The Gettysburg Review", "The Sun", and numerous anthologies. McClanahan's awards include the Wood Prize from "Poetry", a Pushcart Prize in fiction, the Carter Prize for the Essay, the Glasgow Award in nonfiction, literary fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, and a Governor's Award for Excellence in Education. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and teaches in the MFA programs of Rainier Writing Workshop and Queens University.