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  1. 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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  2. 8.2 hrs • 5/1/2015 • Unabridged

    By the time Umberto Eco published his bestselling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis—from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long-overdue publication in English. Eco’s approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It reads like a novel, it is opinionated, and it is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid “thesis neurosis,” and he answers the important question “Must I read books?” He reminds students, “You are not Proust,” and “Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft.” Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco’s index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data.

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    How to Write a Thesis

    Translated from the Italian by Caterina Mongiat Farina and Geoff Farina
    Read by Sean Pratt
    8.2 hrs • 5/1/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.5 hrs • 11/1/2014 • Unabridged

    The Elements of Eloquence highlights the importance of style in an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance. From classic poetry to pop lyrics, Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, and even Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase—such as “O Captain! my Captain!” or “To be, or not to be”—memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, Forsyth takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything important to say—you simply need to say it well.

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    The Elements of Eloquence

    5.5 hrs • 11/1/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 12.4 hrs • 9/30/2014 • Unabridged

    A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical know-how, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish. Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.

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    The Sense of Style

    12.4 hrs • 9/30/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 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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  6. 5.3 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    America’s most influential writing teacher offers an engaging and practical guide to effective short-form writing. In How to Write Short, Roy Peter Clark turns his attention to the art of painting a thousand pictures with just a few words. Short forms of writing have always existed-from ship logs and telegrams to prayers and haikus. But in this ever-changing Internet age, short-form writing has become an essential skill. Clark covers how to write effective and powerful titles, headlines, essays, sales pitches, Tweets, letters, and even self-descriptions for online dating services. With examples from the long tradition of short-form writing in Western culture, How to Write Short guides writers to crafting brilliant prose, even in 140 characters.

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    How to Write Short

    5.3 hrs • 11/1/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.5 hrs • 9/17/2013 • Unabridged

    Every novelist dreams of it—writing the book that rockets to the top of the bestseller lists. Now, they can see how it’s done, up close, in an audiobook by an agent who has sold manuscripts that turned into hits. Albert Zuckerman covers the essential elements of the blockbuster novel and shows writers how to put them to work in their books. Zuckerman covers the subject thoroughly, from creating outlines and building larger than life characters to injecting suspense and more. His instruction is decisive, direct, and clear, and it is supported with examples from Gone With the Wind, The Godfather, and other bestselling novels.

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    Writing the Blockbuster Novel

    9.5 hrs • 9/17/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 8.1 hrs • 9/21/2011 • Unabridged

    The craft of writing offers countless potential problems: The story is too long; the story's too short; revising presents a huge hurdle; writer's block is rearing its ugly head. In HELP! FOR WRITERS, Roy Peter Clark presents an "owner's manual" for writers, outlining the seven steps of the writing process, and addressing the 21 most urgent problems that writers face. In his trademark engaging and entertaining style, Clark offers ten short solutions to each problem. Out of ideas? Read posters, billboards, and graffiti. Can't bear to edit yourself? Watch the deleted scenes feature of a DVD, and ask yourself why those scenes were left on the cutting-room floor. HELP! FOR WRITERS offers 210 strategies to guide writers to success.

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    Help! For Writers

    8.1 hrs • 9/21/11 • Unabridged
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  12. 0.8 hrs • 12/3/2009 • Unabridged

    This is a thought-provoking audio presentation for writers, would-be writers, readers, students, teachers, parents—anyone who has ever wondered why a particular poem is their favorite. “I want to state that the traditional approach is wrong. It is completely backward. A great poem doesn’t tell us something we don’t know. A great poem listens to us. The poem allows us to hear ourselves in a way that we otherwise wouldn’t. Why is this hard? Because that inner voice sometimes allows us to feel things we don’t readily admit. That’s why we say poets speak for us. But they don’t. Their work allows us to speak for ourselves. Their poems listen.”—John Lehman

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    How and Why a Poem Works

    0.8 hrs • 12/3/09 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.7 hrs • 11/18/2009 • Unabridged

    The Writer’s Cave contains a treasure trove of dramatic examples from John Lehman, the founder of Rosebud magazine, on how the creative process works. This program includes an actual meeting with Orson Welles, myths about vampires that may apply to writers, and a strange occurrence that takes place in a humane society after midnight.

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    The Writer’s Cave

    0.7 hrs • 11/18/09 • Unabridged
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    1.1 hrs • 9/25/2004 • Unabridged

    We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.

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    Eats, Shoots & Leaves

    1.1 hrs • 9/25/04 • Unabridged
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  15. 4.0 hrs • 9/1/1999 • Unabridged

    The Elements of Style has long been a valued and beloved resource for all writers. Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor’s love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students—famed author E. B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.

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    The Elements of Style

    4.0 hrs • 9/1/99 • Unabridged
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