Crafting the Personal Essay

Crafting the Personal Essay

A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction

By Dinty W. Moore

Writer's Digest Books, Paperback, 9781582977966, 262pp.

Publication Date: September 2010


Award winning essayist Scott Russell Sanders once compared the art of essay writing to "the pursuit of mental rabbits"a rambling through thickets of thought in search of some brief glimmer of fuzzy truth. While some people persist in the belief that essays are stuffy and antiquated, the truth is that the personal essay is an ever-changing creative medium that provides an ideal vehicle for satisfying the human urge to document truths as we experience them and share them with othersto capture a bit of life on paper.

"Crafting the Personal Essay" is designed to help you explore the flexibility and power of the personal essay in your own writing. This hands-on, creativity-expanding guide will help you infuse your nonfiction with honesty, personality, and energy. You'll discover: An exploration of the basics of essay writingWays to step back and scrutinize your experiences in order to separate out what may be fresh, powerful, surprising or fascinating to a readerHow to move past private "journaling" and write for an audienceHow to write eight different types of essays including memoir, travel, humor, and nature essays among othersInstruction for revision and strategies for getting published Brimming with helpful examples, exercises, and sample essays, this indispensable guide will help your personal essays transcend the merely private to become powerfully universal.

About the Author
Dinty W. Moore has worked as a documentary filmmaker, professional modern dancer, wire-service journalist, and college creative writing professor. He has published fiction and poetry in numerous national literary magazines and is the author of another book of nonfiction, "The Emperor's Virtual Clothes: The Naked Truth About Internet Culture". He lives with his wife and daughter in State College, Pennsylvania.