On writing well: an informal guide to writing nonfiction

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Harper and Row, 1980 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 187 pages
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On Writing Well, which grew out of a course that William Zinsser taught at Yale, has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity, and for the warmth of its style. It is a book for anybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts, or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you both fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished practitioner. How to Write a Memoir tells you how to write the story of your life. Everyone has a story - whether you're a professional writer or just want to validate your personal and family reminiscences, William Zinsser explains how to do it, and do it well.

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Good for Non Fiction Writers

User Review  - mlsatterfield - Overstock.com

I bought this book at the urging of another writer and am glad I did. It is full of useful information and covers topics from usage and style to writing travel sports memoirs and more. It was well worth the cost and I would recommend it to non fiction writers in all areas. Read full review

Review: On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

User Review  - Whitney - Goodreads

The best thing about reading books about writing is that they're well written (at least one would hope). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and it has helped my writing immensely. Read full review

Contents

The Transaction
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Simplicity
7
Clutter
14
Copyright

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Zinsser is a writer, editor and teacher. He began his career with the New York Herald Tribune and has long been a free-lance writer for leading magazines. He now teaches at the New School in New York City.

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