In a series of essays on the craft of writing creative nonfiction, Brenda Miller explores emerging essay forms—such as the short-short, the braided form, and the hermit crab essay—and offers practical advice on how to invigorate one’s writing practice. Miller’s lyrical essays both instruct and mirror the points she investigates, as she uses personal memories and her experience as a professor of creative writing at Western Washington University to craft her lessons. Ranging in subjects from braiding challah bread to ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, Miller balances relatability with clear instructions on how to challenge and inspire writers of prose.
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