The Great Courses: Writing
Books in series4
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  • Writing Creative Nonfiction

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Tilar J J. Mazzeo
    • Narrated By Professor Tilar J J. Mazzeo

    Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

    Snowlady says: "Durable reference for aspiring writers"
    Durable reference for aspiring writers

    The scope of the book was excellent. It covered almost every major topic relevant for anyone who contemplates writing a book or article for publicati..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 26 2013 by Snowlady (Anchorage, AK)
  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Anne Curzan

    From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

    Janette says: "A wordsmith in her own right."
    A wordsmith in her own right.

    I would absolutely listen to this series again - and again - and again. You can't appreciate it all the first time through. It would be wonderful to..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 18 2014 by Janette (Coconut Creek, FL, United States)
  • Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Brooks Landon

    Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along? Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors? How can you craft sentences that reflect your unique outlook on the world? This lively, 24-lecture course introduces you to the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences. Reviving the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing, Professor Landon provides a greater context for what makes sentences great - and how you can apply these methods to your own writing.

    Cynthia says: "Very well presented... but with poor pronunciation"
    Very well presented... but with poor pronunciation

    I enjoyed the presentation of the information in easily absorbed 30+ minute chapters, Mr Landon has a wonderful presence and effectively introduces th..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 26 2013 by Cynthia (Avondale, AZ, United States)
  • Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dorsey Armstrong

    Tap into the power of effective writing by developing the fundamental critical and analytical skills that transform your writing from "good" to "great." Regardless of your subject, goal, or occasion, these skills will help you organize your thoughts into a coherent piece, make a persuasive argument rooted in facts, and make responsible use of research materials.

    Louis says: "Really helpful overview."
    Really helpful overview.
    Reviewed on September 28 2013 by Louis (Manlius, NY, United States)