Style and Story
Literary Methods for Writing Nonfiction
Style and Story is for those who wish to craft nonfiction texts that do more than simply relay facts and arguments. Pyne explains how writers can employ literary tools and strategies to have art and craft add value to their theme. With advice gleaned from nearly a dozen years of teaching writing to graduate students, Pyne offers pragmatic guidance on how to create powerful nonfiction, whether for an academic or popular audience.
Each chapter offers samples that span genres, showcasing the best kinds of nonfiction writing. Pyne analyzes these examples that will help writers understand how they can improve their nonfiction through their choice of voice, words, structure, metaphors, and narrative. Pyne builds on his previous guide, Voice and Vision, expanding the range of topics to include openings and closings, humor and satire, historical writing, setting scenes, writing about technical matters and deep details, long and short narration, reading for craft, and thoughts on writing generally. He also includes in this volume a set of exercises to practice writing techniques.
Style and Story will be treasured by anyone, whether novice or expert, who seeks guidance to improve the power of their nonfiction writing.
“Style and Story can be read fruitfully across disciplines and serve the needs of students and writers from MFA programs to history departments.”—Christopher Cokinos, co-editor of The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide
“Go through Pyne’s boot camp, and you’ll emerge a better writer—and a better reader and a better thinker, too. Style and Story belongs alongside Strunk and White, Anne Lamott, and William Zinsser on the look-it-up shelf.”—Gregory McNamee, author of Tortillas, Tiswin, and T-Bones: A Food History of the Southwest