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Charles Euchner is the author or editor of eight books. He teaches writing at Yale University and was the founding executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University.

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Sentences and Paragraphs: M...

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Nobody Turn Me Around: A Pe...

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The Big Book of Writing: Th...

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The Last Nine Innings: Insi...

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In Cold Type: The Literary ...

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Little League, Big Dreams: ...

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Words, Words, Words: Choosi...

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The best single-volume collection of American sportswriting, with a mix of old and new, long and short, serious and playful pieces.
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Just reread this one after many years, and what I remember holds true: The opening chapters on basic technique and style are terrific, the later chapters on genres weak.
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A great set of interviewers with the current masters of nonfiction narrative. Each interview asks roughly the same questions in the same order, which yields uneven results but a fascinating study of contrasts. Authors interviewed for this book includ ...more
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“In Aristotle’s classic form, outlined in The Poetics, drama takes a three-part form. In Part 1, which I call the World of the Story, we are introduced to the characters, the story’s setting, and the crisis that the hero faces. At the end of this part, the hero takes on a challenge—sometimes by choice, sometimes without choice. In Part 2, known as The Rising Action, we see the hero—and other characters—struggle to confront the challenge. They face one obstacle after another. Each obstacle sharpens their minds, tests their resolve, and pushes the story forward. These challenges get more and more intense. Finally, they achieve some breakthrough. Part 3, known as the Resolution and Denouement, brings the drama to closure. The hero and other characters begin to settle into a new way of living, often chastened but always wiser. All the issues get settled. In Cold Blood does not seem to follow a strict three-act format. The book is, after all, broken into four sections. But when we look closely, we see that the middle two sections show the rising action.”
Charles Euchner, In Cold Type: The Literary Techniques That Make Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" a masterpiece

“Never confuse movement with action.   —Ernest Hemingway”
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“Martin Scorcese, the film director, was once asked the secret to a good scene. “Put three people in a room,” he said.”
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