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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,750 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Zinsser Narrator: William Zinsser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9780060818067
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/27/2014

    " Inspires the craft of and passion for writing. This will go on my reread list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Perelandra | 1/22/2014

    " When I first bought On Writing Well I wondered why it wasn't called Writin' Good and now I know. Thanks to William Zinsser, I didn't have to get into his writing class at Yale only to be told my writing needed a clean-up. From the early chapters I was able to put into practice his tips to clearly communicate while maintaining and developing my own style. Plus, his writing samples were just fun to read! Other than fellow nerds, who would have thought that reading about writing could be both enjoyable and useful? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/17/2014

    " Love this book, not only for advice on improving writing, but for understanding more about the written word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronald Barba | 1/14/2014

    " A great guide to nonfiction writing. Most important things: 1) write every day, 2) write succinctly, 3) remember that language is constantly changing, 4) and despite the latter, the principles of grammar amount to everything in nonfiction writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Lamb | 1/12/2014

    " Great book that helps focus the mind of the writer. This should be read by anyone looking to improve their writing skills and sharpen the appreciation and understanding for the art of writing effectively and correctly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 12/13/2013

    " Excellent guide for those who want to improve their non-fiction writing skills. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/8/2013

    " Grammar nom nom nom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 12/2/2013

    " One of my favorite required reads from journalism school! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/23/2013

    " As another text for Creative Writing, this one wasn't quite as entertaing as the other I just reviewed. There are pearls of wonderful wisdom hidden throughout. You just have to get through the dry parts to find them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Casner | 7/7/2013

    " I believe all writers should have this book in their bookcase to reference and re read it at least once a year just to keep the rules, grammer, and word useage fresh in their minds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belisa | 4/29/2013

    " a must read for anyone looking to clean up their writing. Zinsser spells out the do's and dont's in a simple, pithy way and instantly makes anyone who reads this book a stronger, more effective writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pearl | 6/18/2012

    " Clear, engaging, and so, so wise. I think of it as the bible of writing guides: it doesn't just teach; it inspires. William Zinsser, I'm a believer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia Brown | 5/30/2012

    " If you aspire to write anything, read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/20/2012

    " This is a great writing guide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jmswtsn | 4/14/2012

    " A rare instructional type book that actually reads like a real book and is helpful nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 2/7/2012

    " I enjoyed this no nonsense book by a well-known author on his approach to writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 2/1/2012

    " I recommend this book to anyone who says they want to write. The book which I have read and also listened to in audio (love audio books) is well written and plain and direct to the point. Good reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodney | 8/8/2011

    " And essential book for learning how to write, how to appreciate (the act of) writing and the written word - clean and clear prose, and that which is not; and how to do both with intelligence and relaxed compassion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Rae Baker | 6/14/2011

    " This is a must for all writers...a wealth of information, insight, and instruction. Loved it and will refer back to it often...(-: "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammy Lopez | 6/10/2011

    " Wonderful. As an ESL student this book helped me improve my writing. I still read it from time to time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carina | 5/22/2011

    " need to study this type of writing so that it sticks... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geneal | 5/13/2011

    " This is an excellent book written by one of the gurus of writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of reading it. I have copious notes in the margins! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 5/1/2011

    " Anyone with a pretense to writing should read this. His prose is clear, his insights lucid, his stance compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antje | 4/28/2011

    " How come I did not know about this fabulous book earlier. Brilliantly humorous and yet full of good information! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 4/6/2011

    " Not only was this book extremely informative and helpful, but it is written very well. Imagaine that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qi | 3/14/2011

    " I read this book about six years ago and still recall its lucid writing style and cogent advises for writing well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/10/2011

    " This is a book I have never stopped reading, and re-reading, and re-reading, and . . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 2/5/2011

    " Essential. I read and re-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 2/4/2011

    " I've owned this book for years now and am glad I finally read it. Zinsser's writing makes reading about writing interesting and entertaining. This book is perfect for anybody who wants to learn more about writing or improve their own writing.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/28/2011

    " I wish I had read this book a long time ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 1/23/2011

    " Excellent book for anybody who loves (or is interested in) writing non-fiction. Zinsser's style is very engaging, humorous and clear. Great stories too! I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pearl | 1/14/2011

    " Clear, engaging, and so, so wise. I think of it as the Bible of writing guides: it doesn't just teach; it inspires. William Zinsser, I'm a believer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.E. | 1/13/2011

    " Great general instruction for anyone who wants to improve their writing. "

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