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Word Painting Revised Edition

At a Glance

  • Examples of using description in creative nonfiction and memoir
  • Exercises to help you uncover rich, evocative words in your writing
  • Learn to write descriptively and portray the mind's images of a story

You'll appreciate this book if:

  • You're interested in writing a descriptive nonfiction story with well-crafted characters
  • You're a writer or screenwriter looking for ways to enhance your stories with more descriptive details
  • You're interested in examples of descriptive passages from top authors

Writing nonfiction is very similar to painting. The words you choose to illustrate your nonfiction story have to capture the attention of readers. Word Painting, Revised Edition is an examination of description in its many forms. Rebecca McClanahan's thoughtful instruction and exercises will show writers how to develop their senses and powers of observation to uncover the evocative words that portray the mind's images--and apply these descriptions to characters, settings, point of view, and more. McClanahan includes dozens of descriptive passages written by master poets and authors to illuminate the process, and in the updated revised edition she provides more discussion on writing descriptive nonfiction.

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Meet the Author: Rebecca McClanahan

Rebecca McClanahan has published stories, essays and poems in some of the finest literary journals in the country, including The Kenyon Review, Boulevard, The Georgia Review and The Gettysburg Review. She has published three books of poetry, most recently The Intersection of X and Y, as well as a book of lectures and readings, One Word Deep. In addition, her work has been anthologized in Pushcart Prize XVIII and The Best of American Poetry 1998. McClanahan has received the PEN/Syndicated Fiction Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from Poetry, the Carter Prize for Nonfiction from Shenandoah, and a Governor's Award for Excellence in Educat...

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