No Words Wasted Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | January 5, 2015

    Frances E. Jensen: IMG What You Don't Know about the Teenage Brain



    Things were changing in our household: the teen years had intruded into our otherwise harmonious, do-as-mom-tells-you relatively orderly world. As... Continue »
    1. $19.59 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$7.98
List price: $15.99
Sale Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Reference- Writing Nonfiction

The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing

by

The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“A splendid book for journalists (new or old), fiction writers, essayists, and critics. But it could also be of great use to the intelligent common reader, the man or woman who wonders why its impossible to finish reading certain stories and why others carry the reader in a vivid rush to the end.”
—Pete Hamill, author of A Drinking Life

 

In the spirit of Strunk and Whites classic The Elements of Style, comes The Elements of Story, by Francis Flaherty, longtime story editor at The New York Times. A brilliant blend of memoir and how-to, The Elements of Story offers more than 50 principles that emphasize storytelling aspects rather than simply the mechanics of writing—a relentlessly entertaining, totally accessible writing guide for the novice and the professional alike.

Synopsis:

Most writing books dwell on common issues of style and grammar. Yet most writers also confront complex problems of story design. This fifty-rule guide by Francis Flaherty, a New York Times editor, offers much-needed solutions and sage advice to address these concerns.

"Sometimes, say things sideways," Flaherty writes. "The reader will be grateful." "White is whitest on black," he observes. "Let contrast work for you." Through such hard-won, story-level insights, sprinkled with examples from real stories and leavened with a good dose of newsroom memoir, The Elements of Story merits a spot on every writer's shelf.

About the Author

Francis Flaherty has worked for the past 16 years at The New York Times, most recently as deputy editor of the City Section. He has written for Harper's, the Atlantic, Commonwealand the Progressive, and teaches journalism at New York University. Flaherty holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061689154
Subtitle:
Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing
Author:
Flaherty, Francis
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Nonfiction
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Children's Literature - Storytelling
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Reference-Writing Nonfiction
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20100907
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.720721 in 8.56 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Field Notes on Science & Nature
    New Hardcover $32.00

Related Subjects


Reference » Writing » General
Reference » Writing » Nonfiction

The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing Sale Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.98 In Stock
Product details 320 pages Harper Paperbacks - English 9780061689154 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Most writing books dwell on common issues of style and grammar. Yet most writers also confront complex problems of story design. This fifty-rule guide by Francis Flaherty, a New York Times editor, offers much-needed solutions and sage advice to address these concerns.

"Sometimes, say things sideways," Flaherty writes. "The reader will be grateful." "White is whitest on black," he observes. "Let contrast work for you." Through such hard-won, story-level insights, sprinkled with examples from real stories and leavened with a good dose of newsroom memoir, The Elements of Story merits a spot on every writer's shelf.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.