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.

    Great Information - Reasonable Presentation
    Reviewed on September 14 2014 by Tomodachi (Burke, VA)
  • 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."

    A must read.

    Yes. Tons of information, almost all of which is interesting.

    Reviewed on March 08 2014 by lute player (CA USA)
  • 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.

    good writers course

    I've listened to many Great Courses before and now that they are on Audible it can only be good. this one was interesting for me as I like to study wr..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 28 2013 by Darryl (Cedar Rapids, IA, 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.

    Good advice and sobering truths
    Reviewed on January 30 2015 by William (Indianola, MS, United States)
  • How to Publish Your Book |  The Great Courses

    How to Publish Your Book

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jane Friedman
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    In 24 eye-opening lectures, Jane Friedman, publishing industry expert and educator, provides you with sought-after secrets of the publishing process that will help you navigate this difficult progression, bypass pitfalls that many novice authors get hung up on, and improve your chances of being considered for publication. She acts as your personal guide though the entire process: from finalizing your manuscript to writing the perfect pitch to reviewing contracts and marketing your book.

    Beyond Expectation Amazing!

    I've read many books and articles on publishing, so I go into every new material with a raised eye brow. There is SO much bad, misleading, and unhelpf..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 09 2016 by Travis S. ()
  • How Great Science Fiction Works |  The Great Courses

    How Great Science Fiction Works

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gary K. Wolfe
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    Robots, spaceships, futuristic megacities, planets orbiting distant stars. These icons of science fiction are now in our daily news. Science fiction, once maligned as mere pulp, has motivated cutting-edge scientific research, inspired new technologies, and changed how we view everyday life - and its themes and questions permeate popular culture. Take an unparalleled look at the influence, history, and greatest works of science fiction with illuminating insights and fascinating facts about this wide-ranging genre.

    Deserves a Hugo of Its Own

    After listening to these 24 lectures by Professor Gary Wolfe, I think the Hugo Awards for outstanding achievement in science fiction writing needs a n..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 01 2016 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • Becoming a Great Essayist |  The Great Courses

    Becoming a Great Essayist

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black
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    If you have a clever anecdote, an interesting memory, a new way to explain how something works, or an opinion on a social or political issue, then you have an essay in you. Unlike a novel, history book, or scientific publication, essays provide you with the versatility to express all the various facets that make you you. The concise and direct nature of an essay means that you may tap in to your sense of wit, share your individual point of view, persuade others to your perspective, and record a part of your memories for future generations in as many distinct essay forms as you wish.

    Makes you excited to write more essays

    I love the break down of this course. It is not the same five paragraph writing drills, but she walks you through different types, storylines, teache..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 08 2016 by Jason (FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States)