The personal essay has never been more popular, with the likes of Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling breathing new life into the genre. This innovative guide to crafting modern personal essays and creative nonfiction came about when acclaimed author and professor Dinty W. Moore solicited playful writing questions from today's top writers. He then penned witty responses in the format of a "Dear Sugar"-style advice column, illustrating each response with an original, humorous sample essay. In chapter 1, Phillip Lopate asks, "I am curious how you deal honestly with male-female relations in general and specifically your past girlfriends on the page without coming off as a male chauvinist pig," and Mister Essay Writer Guy pens a sage response and example essay dishing--respectfully--on all his exes. Cheryl Strayed asks for advice about her em-dash addiction, Julianna Baggott worries that to be a great writer you must become an alcoholic, Judith Kitchen looks for an excuse to exaggerate the truth to make it more interesting, and so on. Filled with modern examples of the creative forms nonfiction can take--including scribbled cocktail napkins, Facebook posts, and Google Map pins--this gifty little book is a hilarious relief for all essayists, memoirists, and creative nonfiction writers in distress.
This book sheds light on assessing written coherence of non-native English speaker writers and utilizing open-sourced in educational practice. The study presented in the book demonstrated the power of Centering Theory in assessing written coherence for non-native English speakers. When Centering Theory is extensively adopted in auto-summarizing and coherence research, it is less used for non-standard written English. The book proposes that the theory can be effectively used in detecting coherence breakdowns in Chinese English learners. Furthermore, from the book it is interesting to find that a complex semantic analysing tool can be built up with various open-sourced software tools. This makes it possible to deliver pedagogical applications at a more acceptable speed and cost.
Coetzee explores the work of twentieth century German literature's greatest writers, an essay on Graham Greene's Brighton Rock and on the short fiction of Samuel Beckett. American literature is also strongly represented and Coetzee rounds off the collection with essays on three fellow Nobel laureates.
Part of a series of readers containing original, unsimplified stories written by famous classic and modern writers, this title includes a short summary, a description of major themes, pre-reading vocabulary activities, post-reading language and comprehension exercises, a literary analysis section and essay questions.