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  1. 11.2 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially bestselling writers’ guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling. Robert McKee’s popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his definitive book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation. Now, in Dialogue, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.

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    Dialogue

    Scenes read by David Pittu and Orlagh Cassidy
    Read by Robert McKee
    11.2 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.2 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Roy Peter Clark, one of America’s most influential writing teachers, offers writing lessons we can draw from 25 great texts. Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading, a form of reading that lets you penetrate beyond the surface of a text to see how meaning is actually being made. In The Art of X-Ray Reading, Clark invites you to don your X-ray reading glasses and join him on a guided tour through some of the most exquisite and masterful literary works of all time, from The Great Gatsby to Lolita to The Bluest Eye, and many more. Along the way, he shows you how to mine these masterpieces for invaluable writing strategies that you can add to your arsenal and apply in your own writing. Once you’ve experienced X-ray reading, your writing will never be the same again.

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    The Art of X-Ray Reading

    8.2 hrs • 1/26/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.4 hrs • 9/29/2015 • Unabridged

    An insider’s tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form—and it might be the most fun you’ll ever have with linguistics.

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    The Art of Language Invention

    9.4 hrs • 9/29/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 1.0 hrs • 9/1/2015

    Anne Perry stands tall not only for earning her place among the world’s most widely read mystery writers but as the author of the longest sustained crime series by a living author. When it comes to literary fiction in the mystery genre, no one does it better than Anne Perry. The New York Times called her writing first-rate, and the London Times named her one of the 100 Masters of Crime. With nearly twenty-eight million books in print, she has more than earned these honors. Her expertise and warmth come through strongly in this, her second master class of writing: Plotting to Enrich Your Back Story. Her first instructional audiobook, An Introduction to Writing, succeeded because Anne used her master class to guide aspiring writers through the all-important basics of fiction writing. In this, her second instructional audiobook, the writing journey continues with a comprehensive discussion of what constitutes the heart of fiction: back story and plot. In this audiobook, Anne will explain the importance of both, giving many examples of how they are used to bring texture and depth to your fiction. What is back story? How can you create the life of your characters before they appear on the page? And where do you find information that adds to a character’s back story? Anne will provide many leads and sources in this class, as well as how to best use back story as you develop your characters.

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  5. 7.3 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton explores the hidden power of analogy to fuel thought, connect ideas, spark innovation, and shape outcomes From the meatpacking plants that inspired Henry Ford’s first moving assembly line to the “domino theory” that led America into Vietnam to the “bicycle for the mind” that Steve Jobs envisioned as the Macintosh computer, analogies have played a dynamic role in shaping the world around us—and still do today. Analogies are far more complex than their SAT stereotype and lie at the very core of human cognition and creativity. Once we become aware of this, we start seeing them everywhere—in ads, apps, political debates, legal arguments, logos, and euphemisms, to name just a few. At their very best, analogies inspire new ways of thinking, enable invention, and motivate people to action. Unfortunately, not every analogy that rings true is true. That’s why, at their worst, analogies can deceive, manipulate, or mislead us into disaster. The challenge? Spotting the difference before it’s too late. Rich with engaging stories, surprising examples, and a practical method to evaluate the truth or effectiveness of any analogy, Shortcut will improve critical thinking, enhance creativity, and offer readers a fresh approach to resolving some of today’s most intractable challenges.

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    Shortcut

    7.3 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.1 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    Anne Perry started out as a good writer but has won greatness inch by inch by reading other authors, listening to editors and agents, and adapting techniques from other creators. Now you, too, can have a lesson from an author whom the New York Times has called “first-rate,” who’s included on the Times' 100 Masters of Crime list, and who’s sold 25 million copies worldwide to continuing critical acclaim. In this instructional audio, Anne references her quintet of novels about World War I to demonstrate the various themes that need to be considered when you first pick up that pen. Although writing a book can be like climbing Everest, the advice you find here will save some troublesome extra drafts and give you a head start toward an enjoyable writing experience and a successful novel.

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  7. 8.5 hrs • 4/1/2014 • Unabridged

    They Say, I Say demystifies academic writing by identifying its key rhetorical moves, the most important of which is to summarize what other have said (“they say”) to set up one’s own argument (“I say”). This audiobook also provides templates to help students make these key moves in their own writing. This version includes readings that demonstrate those moves—and provide stimulating conversations for them to enter. The third edition includes an anthology of forty-four readings that will provoke students to think—and write—about five important issues, including two new ones: “Is higher education worth the price?” and “Why does it matter who wins the big game?”

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    They Say, I Say

    8.5 hrs • 4/1/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.3 hrs • 1/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

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    Bird by Bird

    6.3 hrs • 1/1/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 1.3 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    10 Things I Think I Know For Sure About...Getting Your Writing Published is presented by John Lehman, founder of Rosebud magazine.In this insightful book, Lehman tells writers to stop thinking in terms of books, articles, poems, and stories, and instead start thinking in terms of what benefits readers will receive from reading and buying them. Literary agent Georgia Hughes, formerly an editor from Harper San Francisco, has complemented this program, saying that it is “entertaining, inspiring, and extremely helpful for writers of all levels of ability.”

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  10. 5.8 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    If you want to put your life story down in words, where do you start? Exactly what story are you hoping to tell? How are you going to fill hundreds of pages? How do you plan it out? Memoirist, blogger, and writing teacher Kim Brittingham shares her insight into getting started with your writing and crafting your memoir. Starting with the basic questions every writer should ask themselves, such as why do you want to write a memoir; what story do you want to tell; what form should your story take; who is the audience; and most importantly, why does anyone care? Kim shares her experience and her wisdom, reviewing key aspects of the writing process, including characterization, plotting, theme, focus, point of view, editing, and revising. And she adds extra information on the business of getting published and ways to get your story read.

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    Write That Memoir Right Now by Kim Brittingham

    Write That Memoir Right Now

    5.8 hrs • 1/1/13 • Unabridged
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    9.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart—to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.

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    Reading Like a Writer

    9.0 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.2 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    For more than fifteen years, Robert McKee’s students have been taking Hollywood’s top honors. His “Story Seminar” is the world’s ultimate seminar for screenwriters, filmmakers, and novelists. Now Robert McKee’s Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting reveals the award-winning methods of the man universally regarded as the world’s premier teacher on screenwriting and story. With Hollywood and publishing companies paying record sums for great stories and audiences clamoring for originality, McKee’s Story gives you the strategies you need to win the war on clichés. Story is about form, not formula. McKee’s insights cut to the hidden sources of storytelling, the decisive differences between mediocrity and excellence. This audiobook goes well beyond the essential mechanics of screenwriting and is packed with examples from such film classics as Casablanca and Chinatown. Then, scene by sequence by act, he illuminates the principles of story design that take a writer’s vision to brilliant realization. Story elevates the craft of screenwriting to an art form. Take it from the pros: if you’re serious about your writing, this is the audiobook that will help you get your story from page to screen.

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    Story

    6.2 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  13. 0.6 hrs • 2/23/2012 • Unabridged

    Hear a lecture given by bestselling author Phillip DePoy as he reads from and discusses his historical novel set in 1605, The King James Conspiracy, about a conspiracy that threatens the new translation of the Bible ordered by King James I, and the lives of the scholars working on it.

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  14. 5.7 hrs • 10/24/2011

    Includes a PDF workbook Do you have a story waiting to be told but know your writing skills need improvement? This expert resource will help you develop both your technical and creative writing skills. Bestselling authors reveal entertaining and informative methods to craft a story, organize complex thoughts, and write effectively to engage your readers. How to effectively write a book, essay, or business plan does not need to be a mystery. Learn a foolproof system for taking highly complex ideas and plots and organizing them into a cohesive flow that is easy for readers to digest. Let Dianna Booher, author of over forty books, share her insights on transferring ideas from your head onto paper. You will understand the psychology of the written word from the perspective of psychologist Dr. Larry Iverson and gain insights from bestselling author Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, on how to turn a complex writing project into a manageable task within your normal workday.

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  15. 7.0 hrs • 10/17/2011 • Unabridged

    One of America’s most influential writing teachers offers a toolbox from which writers of all kinds can draw practical inspiration. His book distills decades of experience into fifty tools that will help any writer become more fluent and effective. Writing Tools covers everything from the most basic to the more complex and provides more than two hundred examples from literature and journalism to illustrate the concepts. For students, aspiring novelists, and writers of memos, e-mails, PowerPoint presentations, and love letters, here are fifty indispensable, memorable, and usable tools.

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    Writing Tools

    7.0 hrs • 10/17/11 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.7 hrs • 3/15/2011 • Unabridged

    “I found the acute observations and his narrative philosophy more valuable for the new writer than the contents of any 100 other texts.” —Dean Koontz “For anyone interested in the craft of writing, from beginners to seasoned veterans, this is a must read.” —Booklist “This is the best guidebook to both writing and the business of writing that I've ever read.” —Peter Straub David Morrell, bestselling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels, Morrell teaches you everything you need to know about: • Plot • Character • Research • Structure • Viewpoint • Description • Dialogue • The business of publishing • And much more “If this book had been available when I started writing, I could have saved myself some miles, some heartache and a lot of typewriter ribbons. The Successful Novelist is the vehicle you want if you plan to drive your way to successful fiction.” —Joe R. Lansdale “David Morrell’s not just a fine writer; he’s also a great and generous teacher. This book’s a keeper.” —Lawrence Block “David Morrell’s The Successful Novelist is that rare avis—a practical how-to book bedizened with priceless gems and nuggets culled from his triumphant decades of toil in the writing mines, all conducted at the unrelenting pace of one of his best-selling thrillers.” —F. Paul Wilson

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    The Successful Novelist

    8.7 hrs • 3/15/11 • Unabridged
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