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A field guide for immersion writing : memoir, journalism, and travel

Author: Robin Hemley
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2012.
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For centuries writers have used participatory experience as a lens through which to better see the world at large and as a means of exploring the self. Considering various types of participatory writing as different strains of one style--immersion writing--Robin Hemley offers new perspectives and practical advice for writers of this nonfiction genre. Immersion writing can be broken down into the broad categories of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hemley, Robin.
Field guide for immersion writing.
Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2012
(DLC) 2011044424
(OCoLC)762134787
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Hemley
ISBN: 9780820343730 0820343730
OCLC Number: 779851050
Description: 1 online resource ([ix], 193 p.)
Contents: An introduction to immersion writing: its similarities and differences from the traditional memoir and traditional journalism --
In defense of the vertical pronoun --
Forms of immersion --
Immersion memoir --
Immersion journalism --
Travel writing --
Ethical and legal considerations --
Legwork --
Conclusion : Say what you see.
Responsibility: by Robin Hemley.

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For centuries writers have used participatory experience as a lens through which to better see the world at large and as a means of exploring the self. Considering various types of participatory writing as different strains of one style--immersion writing--Robin Hemley offers new perspectives and practical advice for writers of this nonfiction genre. Immersion writing can be broken down into the broad categories of travel writing, immersion memoir, and immersion journalism. Using the work of such authors as Barbara Ehrenreich, Hunter S. Thompson, Ted Conover, A. J. Jacobs, Nellie Bly, Julio Cortazar, and James Agee, Hemley examines these three major types of immersion writing and further identifies the subcatagories of the quest, the experiment, the investigation, the infiltration, and the reenactment. Included in the book are helpful exercises, models for immersion writing, and a chapter on one of the most fraught subjects for nonfiction writers--the ethics and legalities of writing about other people. A Field Guide for Immersion Writing recalibrates and redefines the way writers approach their relationship to their subjects. Suitable for beginners and advanced writers, the book provides an enlightening, provocative, and often amusing look at the ways in which nonfiction writers engage with the world around them.

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"Robin Hemley has written an excellent book on immersion writing. . . . He writes with humour and passion and injects himself into the prose, thus making for a great example of what he is describing. Read more...

 
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