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These essays are on the craft of writing

62"On Keeping a Notebook" Joan Didion - she makes me laugh and think of my own habits
63"Making the Truth Believable" * Tracy Kidder
64"On the Necessity of Turning Oneself into a Character" Phillip Lopate
65"The Situation and the Story" * Vivian Gornick -very good
66"The Singular First Person" Scott Russell Sanders
67"Life is a Narrative" Edward O. Wilson-excellent excellent excellent
68"Notes from the Road" Jonathan Raban- this made me laugh
69"Landscape and Narrative" Barry Lopez- ah there is such a thing as a wolverine...learn something everyday
70"Seeing" Annie DillardTinker Creek observations. I was drowning trying to picture the place and its inhabitants as she wrote about it.
71"Toward a Definition of Creative Nonfiction" Bret Lott
72"Getting Ready" Barbara Ehrenreich -from her book Nickeled and Dimed

I consider these numbers 62-72 in my count
*the instructor either really liked these two essays or he makes a lesson plan and doesn't check to see if he repeated his selections over the course of the term.

Years ago I would never have taken anything away when reading craft essays. I am now starting to understand my own process and approach to writing as a craft. These essays really helped me make even more sense of myself as a writer. I know the writer's and sometimes the texts or essays of the writer's these essay writer's refer to in their essays.

Funny really- the craft essays were some of my favourite pieces in the textbook

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