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The art of creative research : a field guide for writers

Author: Philip Gerard
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Series: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"All writers conduct research. For some this means poring over records and combing through archives but for many creative writers research happens in the everyday world--when they scribble an observation on the subway, when they travel to get the feel for a city, or when they strike up a conversation with an interesting stranger. The Art of Creative Research helps writers take this natural inclination to explore and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literature
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Gerard
ISBN: 9780226179773 022617977X 9780226179803 022617980X
OCLC Number: 956957450
Description: xiii, 220 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue : On fire for research (an homage to Larry Brown) --
What creative research is and how to use it --
Preparing a research plan --
The tools of the trade --
Archives: what they are, where they are, and how best to use them --
It must be true: I saw it on the Internet --
The archives of memory, imagination, and personal expertise --
The warm art of the interview --
Walking the ground and handling the thing itself --
Troubleshooting, fact-checking, and emotional cost --
Breathing life into facts and data on the page --
Afterword.
Series Title: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing.
Responsibility: Philip Gerard.

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"All writers conduct research. For some this means poring over records and combing through archives but for many creative writers research happens in the everyday world--when they scribble an observation on the subway, when they travel to get the feel for a city, or when they strike up a conversation with an interesting stranger. The Art of Creative Research helps writers take this natural inclination to explore and observe and turn it into a workable--and enjoyable--research plan. It shows that research shouldn't be seen as a dry, plodding aspect of writing. Instead, it's an art that all writers can master, one that unearths surprises and fuels imagination. This lends authenticity to fiction and poetry as well as nonfiction. Philip Gerard distills the process into fundamental questions: How do you conduct research? And what can you do with the information you gather? He covers both in-person research and work in archives and illustrates how the different types of research can be incorporated into stories, poems, and essays using examples from a wide range of writers in addition to those from his own projects."--Amazon.com.

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"Gerard fills in a missing part of our thinking about 'creative writing' how we inform ourselves. In nonfiction in particular, the writer can only write what she knows, and Gerard offers a map for Read more...

 
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