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The Writer's Reader

The Writer's Reader
Understanding Journalism and Non-Fiction

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Susie Eisenhuth, Michael Southwell, Robert Fisk, David Marr, Marian Wilkinson, Joan Didion, Barry Siegel, Greg Bearup, Tony Squires, Jessica Mitford, Malcolm Knox, Willa MacDonald, John Birmingham, Arundhati Roy, David Sedaris, Kathy Evans, Helen Garner, Mark Mordue, Ashley Hay, Annie Dillard, Pico Iyer
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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521700337

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  • What was happening behind the Tampa headlines? How do you force a big company to take responsibility for damaging the health of its workers? What do you do when you suspect a famous author is a fake? How does it feel to be on the receiving end of police crowd control? Or on a hillside, spellbound and fearful, watching the light being sucked from the sky during an eclipse? Top writers and journalists who have written about events and issues big and small talk frankly about how they approach the task in this highly readable new collection. The Writer's Reader combines selected non-fiction articles with interviews with authors reflecting on the process of writing. Academic writing can be dry and dull, but this refreshingly accessible anthology values straight talking about writing and makes the point that if you want to write, then you had better get reading.

    • Features examples of standout writing from top writers - the collection is entertaining, not just informative
    • Revealing and informative interviews with the authors that offer an excellent insiders' guide to the craft
    • Commentary designed to be readable and accessible - serves as a useful primer for the would-be writer
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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521700337
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. News and Follow-Ups. 1. Telling stories: turning news into features Susie Eisenhuth
    2. Michael Southwell 'Toxic Fallout near Alcoa', West Australian, 22 September, 2001, 'Cancer Secret', West Australian, 29 November, 2001, 'Alcoa Told of Health Issues', West Australian, 24 May 2002
    3. Robert Fisk, 'Is This Some Kind of Crusade?' Independent On Sunday,18 May, 1997, Interview with Robert Fisk
    4. David Marr and Marian Wilkinson, 'They Shall Not Land', Sydney Morning Herald, 20 October 2001, Interview with David Marr
    5. News and follow-up review: Discussion question and further reading
    Part II.: New Journalism and its Legacy:
    6. Introduction Susie Eisenhuth
    7. Joan Didion, 'Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream' from Slouching Towards Bethlehem, 1966
    8. Barry Siegel, 'A Father's Pain, A Judge's Duty', Los Angeles Times, 30 December, 2001, Interview with Barry Siegel
    9. New Journalism and its Legacy Review: Discussion question and further reading
    Part III.: Profiles:10. Introduction Susie Eisenhuth
    11 Greg Bearup, 'The Beak Wore Beads', Sydney Morning Herald, 4 May 2002, Interview with Greg Bearup
    12. Tony Squires, 'Good Sport', Sydney Morning Herald, 4 May, 2002
    13. Profiles review: Discussion question and further reading
    Part IV.: Investigations. 14. Introduction Susie Eisenhuth
    15. Jessica Mitford, 'Let us now appraise famous writers', 1957
    16. Malcolm Knox, 'Her life as a fake: Bestseller's lies exposed' Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July, 2004. Interview with Malcolm Knox
    17. Investigations review: Discussion questions and further reading
    Part V. Essays:
    18. Introduction: Turning personal stories into reflective writing - Willa McDonald
    19. John Birmingham, 'S11', 2000. Interview - John Birmingham
    20. Arundhati Roy, War Talk: Summer Games with Nuclear Bombs, 2003
    21. David Sedaris, 'Today's Special', 2001
    22. Essays review: Discussion questions & further reading
    Part VI. Memoir:
    22. Introduction - Examining the writer's own life - Willa McDonald
    23. Kathy Evans, 'Tuesday's Child', 2003
    24. Helen Garner, 'The Violet Jacket', 1993, Interview - Helen Garner
    25. Mark Mordue, 'Pissing in the Wind', 2004
    26. Memoir review: Discussion questions and further reading
    Part VII. Writing about Place
    27. Introduction - Placing readers in the world - Willa McDonald
    28. Ashley Hay, 'Ultramarine', 2003. Interview - Ashley Hay
    29. Annie Dillard, 'Total Eclipse', 1982
    30. Writing about place review: Discussion questions and further reading
    Part Eight: Travel Writing. 31. Introduction - Taking to the road to learn about ourselves - Willa McDonald
    32. Pico Iyer, 'The Khareef', 2004, Interview - Pico Iyer
    33. Travel writing review: Discussion questions and further reading
    Endnotes
    Sources.

  • Editors

    Susie Eisenhuth, University of Technology, Sydney
    Susie Eisenhuth is a lecturer in Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney.

    Willa McDonald, Macquarie University, Sydney
    Willa McDonald is a Lecturer in Media and Writing at Macquarie University.

    Contributors

    Susie Eisenhuth, Michael Southwell, Robert Fisk, David Marr, Marian Wilkinson, Joan Didion, Barry Siegel, Greg Bearup, Tony Squires, Jessica Mitford, Malcolm Knox, Willa MacDonald, John Birmingham, Arundhati Roy, David Sedaris, Kathy Evans, Helen Garner, Mark Mordue, Ashley Hay, Annie Dillard, Pico Iyer

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