Friday, July 19, 2013

Entry # 162 - "What Do You Want to Grow In Your Journal?"

Photo - Jan Bowman - July 2013
Book List for Journal Keeping and Creative Nonfiction

List Compiled by Jan Bowman – July 2013 –
Your Life as Story: Discovering the “New Autobiography” and Writing Memoir as Literature  - by Tristine Rainer.

Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir – by Lisa Dale Norton.

Bang the Keys: Four Steps to a Lifelong Writing Practice – by Jill Dearman.

In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction - edited by Lee Gutkind.  

The Best Creative Nonfiction – (vol. 1-3) – edited by Lee Gutkind.
The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers – by Laura Oliver
In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction – edited by Judith Kitchen & Mary Paumier Jones. 
Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction – edited by Judith Kitchen.
Writing Creative Nonfiction: Instruction and Insights from the Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs – edited by Carolyn Forche and Philip Gerard.
In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal – edited by Judith Kitchen & Mary Paumier Jones.
Photo "Butterfly on Bush" - by Jan Bowman - July2013
Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction – by Brenda Miller & Suzanne Paola.
Inventing the Truth: The Art & Craft of Memoir – edited by William Zinsser.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life – by Anne Lamott.
Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past – by William Zinsser.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – by Stephen King.
Writing Down the Bones – by Natalie Goldberg.
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life - by Natalie Goldberg.

Portrait of My Body – by Phillip Lopate.  - (read “Confessions of a Shusher”  and “The Story of My Father”)
Photo - Jan Bowman - July 2013

The Writing Life - National Book Award Authors: Essays & Interviews (read Ron Chernow’s “Stubborn Facts & Fickle Realities: Research for Nonfiction).
AND Any Year of the Best American Essays – published yearly -- with changing editors.
About Jan Bowman

Jan Bowman’s fiction has appeared in numerous publications including, Roanoke Review, Big Muddy, The Broadkill Review, Third Wednesday, Minimus, Buffalo Spree (97), Folio, The Potomac Review, Musings, Potato Eyes and others. Glimmer Train named a recent story as Honorable Mention in the November 2012 Short Story Awards for New Writers. Winner of the 2011 Roanoke Review Fiction Award, her stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, Best American Short Stories, a Pen/O’Henry award and a recent story was a finalist in the 2013 Phoebe Fiction Contest; another was a 2012 finalist in the “So To Speak” Fiction Contest. She is working on two collections of short stories while shopping for a publisher for a completed story collection. She has nonfiction publications in Trajectory and Pen-in-Hand. She writes a weekly blog of “Reflections” on the writing life and posts regular interviews with writers and publishers.   Learn more at or

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