The Great Courses: Writing
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  • Writing Creative Nonfiction | The Great Courses, Tilar J J. Mazzeo

    Writing Creative Nonfiction

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

    Not what I expected but useful

    This lecture series was not exactly what I expected, likely because I didn't realize that creative nonfiction is character driven like a biography or ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 14 2014 by Nancy (Waterloo, ON, Canada)
  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins | The Great Courses

    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
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    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."

    So interesting and relevant

    Professor Curzan was easy to listen to and understand. She spoke fluently and confidently. I loved the word play and history. The consistent referenci..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 21 2013 by Cassi (Coconut Grove, Australia)
  • Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft | The Great Courses

    Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

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

    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 | The Great Courses

    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
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    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.

    Really helpful overview.
    Reviewed on September 28 2013 by Louis (Manlius, NY, United States)
  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques | The Great Courses

    Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor James Hynes
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    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    Useful and interesting

    The lecture series has plenty of good tips on going about the process of creating and revising stories and includes insights into the publishing indus..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 11 2014 by Suzanne Spence (Richmond, VA)