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Creative Writing

Roxane Gay

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Creative Writing: Crafting Personal Essays with Impact is a masterclass in crafting compelling personal essays from the renowned professor, author, and editor Roxane Gay.

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

by Roxane Gay

Overview

Many aspiring writers feel compelled to write the stories that have shaped them. But, to shift from diary entry to creative nonfiction, the writer must find ways to draw the reader in and effectively communicate the significance of their experience and perspective.

Roxane Gay is a professor, essayist, novelist, and editor known for her candid and reflective social commentary. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling essay collections Bad Feminist and Hunger, and is also the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in General Nonfiction. Gay is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, her work has appeared in the McSweeney's quarterly, and she has been a guest on the Tin House podcast.

Creative Writing: Crafting Personal Essays with Impact is a masterclass on turning personal stories into compelling nonfiction. Gay teaches writers how to culturally balance their personal accounts, differentiate between artistic license and dishonesty, and read like a writer.

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To reach my reader, especially the readers that aren't necessarily ideologically aligned with me, I find that breaking walls down through humor and lightheartedness goes a long way. There are, of course, times when there is no room for humor.

- Roxane Gay

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