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On Writing Well Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 3.66 (6,750 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Zinsser Narrator: William Zinsser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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The classic works on the art of nonfiction writing are now in a complete package for your listening pleasure.

This expanded CD collection presents William Zinsser's On Writing Well, the classic teaching book that has sold more than 1 million copies, together with a new 90-minute section that tells you how to write a memoir.

Based on a course that Zinsser taught at Yale, On Writing Well has long been praised by writers, teachers and students for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It's for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day. Whether you want to write about people and places, science and technology, business, sports or the arts, this is the definitive guide to the craft of nonfiction.

Part II of this collection -- on memoir, personal history and family history -- tells you in helpful detail how to write the story of your life: who you are, who you once were, and what heritage you come from. Throughout, Zinsser refers to the work of many successful memoir writers, including Frank McCourt, Annie Dillard, Russell Baker and Eudora Welty, to demonstrate how they solved the problems of selection, compression, focus and tone that every memoir writer struggles with.

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  • “Zinsser’s classic belongs on every writer's shelf. It's full of practical, no-frills advice on the basics of writing nonfiction: clarity, simplicity, brevity and humanity.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by David Enzel | 2/16/2014

    " A superb book on writing. This should be mandatory reading for anyone who writes. It's also a pleasure to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Minna | 2/13/2014

    " I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was full of common sense, clear instruction, humor, and humility. Zinsser took away a lot of the mystery and fear behind writing (which is there, at least for me) and brought the whole process down to earth. I can't wait to start over and read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Maureen | 2/10/2014

    " I wrote a mini textbook once on feature writing, and Zinsser provided me a great deal of inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Barbara | 2/8/2014

    " This is a good book for aspiring non-fiction writers. The author relates many illustrative examples and blends this with a breezy conversational style and a touch of humor. "

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About the Author

William Zinsser has been a mentor for countless people who want to write with clarity and confidence. A writer, editor, and teacher, his eighteen books range in subject from writing to music to baseball to American travel. His classic On Writing Well has sold almost 1.5 million copies. He now teaches at the New School and at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and is a writing advisor for various organizations. He holds honorary degrees from Wesleyan University, Rollins College, and the University of Southern Indian and is a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library. He lives in his home town with his wife.