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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1969, the world-renowned author Ayn Rand gave a series of informal lectures on the art of nonfiction to a select group of friends and associates. These edited transcripts take the listener step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way.

Rand discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the different roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She explains how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft. From preparing an outline to mastering an individual writing style, this crucial resource introduces the ideas of one of our most enduring authors to a new generation.

Aspiring—and established—writers of nonfiction will find this guide to creating effective nonfiction invaluable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Writing is no more difficult a skill than any other, such as engineering. Like every human activity, it requires practice and knowledge. But there is nothing mystical about it. Any person who can speak English grammatically can learn to write nonfiction.”

    Ayn Rand

  • “Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This book is a frank demystification of the writing process.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Rand talks knowledgeably and energetically about clarity, selectivity, style, organization, editing, the ‘squirms’ (when writing just won’t flow) and how to beat them: remind yourself that you’re writing for your own pleasure.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Randy | 9/25/2013

    " There is some useful information for writers in this book although Rand's philosophical/political rants sometimes get in the way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ricardo Ribeiro | 7/2/2013

    " I am afraid I consider this book "unreadable". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Taylor | 2/9/2012

    " Whether you agree with her or not, Ayn Rand is a master of the written word. Both The Art of Fiction and The Art of Nonfiction are excellent resources for any writer of both genres. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 6/26/2011

    " Necessary. This book was one of the most powerful writing and reading craft books I have read thus far. Helpful. Insightful. A must read. And then, read it again. It is worth the time and money. "

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