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 »memoir. Nonetheless, it was still useful covering literary devices beyond what is addressed in a high school class. There was also a lot of emphasis on character and narrative arc. I would recommend this series to someone planning to write a memoir or biography but not for other types of nonfiction.
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 »ng meant it was easy to get further information.
I loved this book. Dr. Landon brings things to mind about the construction of a sentence that I had never considered before. I am very interested in..Show More » writing and have done a bit of amateur writing myself. It is something I would like to do more of in the future, and having read/listened to this book, I now believe I have a better chance at being good at it.
Dr. Landon is funny and serious, having a great way about him that holds the attention, which allows the learning to take place. This book is certainly not for everyone, but even if you do not ever intend to write an interesting sentence, being a bibliophile like I am, you may like this book because of the new, more enlightened way you are bound to read books. Hahaha, my sentences are still awkward, but now I have a pattern to follow that, with practice, will help me improve.
I certainly intend to listen to more of the "Great Courses" series. What a great way to educate oneself.
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 »try, including how writing and publishing have changed in recent years. I would recommend this to beginner writers who don't have a clue how to start as well as writers who need a refresher, are experiencing writer’s block, or just want to try new methods.