Originally published by the Sierra Club in 1995, this handbook has already helped thousands of aspiring writers, scholars, and students share their experiences with nature and the outdoors. Using exercises and examples, John Murray covers genres, techniques, and publication issues. He uses examples from such masters as Barry Lopez, Annie Dillard, Larry McMurtry, Edward Abbey, Ernest Hemingway, and Henry David Thoreau. Also included are recommended readings, a directory of creative writing programs, professional organizations for writers, and a directory of environmental organizations. This revised edition includes a new chapter on nature writing and environmental activism.
"Nature is our grandest and oldest home, older than language, grander than consciousness. John Murray knows that in his bones, and he shares his knowledge generously with anyone who opens this book. Whether you write about the earth for publication or only for deepening your perceptions, you will find keen-eyed guidance here."--Scott Russell Sanders, author of Staying Put
John A. Murray is the author of forty-five books, including Cinema Southwest: An Illustrated Guide to the Movies and Their Locations, which received the Southwest Book Award, and Mythmakers of the West: Shaping America's Imagination, which received the Colorado Book Award. He was the founding editor of the world nature series for Oxford University Press and of the American Nature Writing annual for Sierra Club Books. Among his books is Writing About Nature: A Creative Guide, also available from the University of New Mexico Press.