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Writing The Memoir

Author : Judith Barrington
ISBN : PSU:000054180444
Genre : Autobiography
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Since the first edition came out in 1997, this book has been praised as "the best book on memoir out there." It is thought-provoking, explanatory, and practical: each chapter ends with writing exercises. It covers everything from questions of truth and ethics to questions of craft and the crucial retrospective voice. An appendix provides information on legal issues. Judith Barrington, an award-winning memoir writer and acclaimed writing teacher, is attuned to the forces, both external and internal, that work to stop a writer; her tone is respectful of the difficulties and encouraging of taking risks. Her nimble prose, her deep belief in the importance of this genre, and her delight in the rich array of memoirists writing today make this book more than the typical "how-to" creative writing book.--From publisher description.
Category: Autobiography

Find Your Story Write Your Memoir

Author : Lynn C. Miller
ISBN : 9780299293130
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Every person has a story to tell, but few beginners know how to uncover their story's narrative potential. And despite a growing interest among students and creative writers, few guides to the genre of memoirs and creative nonfiction highlight compelling storytelling strategies. Addressing this gap, authors Lynn C. Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook provide a compact, accessible guide to memoir writing that shows how an aspiring memoir writer can use storytelling tools and tactics borrowed from fiction to weave personal experiences into the shape of a story. Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir offers an overview of the building blocks of memoir writing. Individual chapters focus on key issues and challenges, such as the balance between the remembering narrator and the experiencing narrator, the capacity to honor the subjective voice, the occasion of telling (why does this narrator tell this story now?), creating an organically functional structure for a particular story, and taking the next steps with a written memoir. Drawing on their combined years of experience teaching memoir writing, authoring works of fiction and nonfiction, and working in autobiographical performance, Miller and Lenard-Cook provide a practical guide whose core philosophy is motivated by a key word: story. Bronze winner, Foreword Book of the Year, Writing Guides
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Writing In Chocolate

Author : Jessica Auerbach
ISBN : 9780595370160
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In search of a setting for her new novel, writer Jessica Auerbach goes to work at a small-town chocolate shop. She quickly becomes engrossed in learning the secrets behind the shop's delectable hand-rolled truffles, fresh fudge, raspberry jellies, and peanut butter cups. Those aren't the only secrets she uncovers. As the shop's employees mold, roll, and enrobe their creations, they spin aloud the stories of their lives-and reveal the dark secrets at the centers of their own hearts. As Auerbach hears their stories, her imagination begins to race. She weaves together the tales she hears into a murder mystery, crossing back and forth over the boundaries of fiction and nonfiction, unveiling in the process the secrets of her craft. Just as it is with the best chocolate assortments, every bite of this unusual memoir/mystery creation reveals something unexpected at the core.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Memoir Writing In 6 Easy Steps

Author : Sue Roupp
ISBN : 1595985603
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 82.6 MB
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The thought of writing personal or event memoirs often finds people OVERWHELMED by their personal attic full of memories. This book offers 6 easy steps to help sort out situations, conversations, conflicts, and secrets. It provides an easy-to-use process to support you in creating your legacy. Recalling difficult, ordinary, and meaningful memories and putting pen to paper (or to computer) allows you to share your life with others. Somewhere in the world, someone will read about how you overcame adversity, succeeded in things large and small, and say, "I can get through what I am going through, too."
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing Memoir The Practical Guide To Writing And Publishing The Story Of Your Life

Author : Jerry Payne
ISBN : 0998617709
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 80.66 MB
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Writing Memoir is a practical guide for taking the particulars of one's life and weaving them into a compelling, page-turning story. The book details narrative arc, theme, character development, description, dialogue, flow, and voice. Also covered: how to construct an effective outline, editing and rewriting, and the ins and outs of publishing.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Memoir And The Memoirist

Author : Thomas Larson
ISBN : 9780804011006
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The memoir is the most popular and expressive literary form of our time. Writers embrace the memoir and readers devour it, propelling many memoirs by relative unknowns to the top of the best-seller list. Writing programs challenge authors to disclose themselves in personal narrative. Memoir and personal narrative urge writers to face the intimacies of the self and ask what is true. In The Memoir and the Memoirist, critic and memoirist Thomas Larson explores the craft and purpose of writing this new form. Larson guides the reader from the autobiography and the personal essay to the memoir--a genre focused on a particularly emotional relationship in the author's past, an intimate story concerned more with who is remembering, and why, than with what is remembered. The Memoir and the Memoirist touches on the nuances of memory, of finding and telling the truth, and of disclosing one's deepest self. It explores the craft and purpose of personal narrative by looking in detail at more than a dozen examples by writers such as Mary Karr, Frank McCourt, Dave Eggers, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Mark Doty, Nuala O'Faolain, Rick Bragg, and Joseph Lelyveld to show what they reveal about themselves. Larson also opens up his own writing and that of his students to demonstrate the hidden mechanics of the writing process. For both the interested reader of memoir and the writer wrestling with the craft, The Memoir and the Memoirist provides guidance and insight into the many facets of this provocative and popular art form.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Memoir Writing For Dummies

Author : Ryan Van Cleave
ISBN : 9781118414675
Genre : Education
File Size : 35.4 MB
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The fast and easy way to write your memoir Memoir writing is a growing phenomenon, and not just bycelebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, andMemoir Writing For Dummies provides hopeful writers with thetools they need to share their life stories with the world andbecome published authors. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions—along withhelpful tips and advice on how to get published—MemoirWriting For Dummies shows you how to put pen to paper and honethe craft of writing a truly compelling memoir. You'll get adviceon how to explore your memories, map out your story, perfect yourplot, setting, character, and dialogue, and so much more. Includes tips on getting over writer's block Guides you through every step of the writing and editingprocesses Covers the best ways to market a finished memoir Packed with proven tips and writing tricks of the trade,Memoir Writing For Dummies gives you everything you need toensure your life story is never forgotten.
Category: Education

Handling The Truth

Author : Beth Kephart
ISBN : 9781101620182
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In the tradition of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, a critically acclaimed National Book Award finalist shares inspiration and practical advice for writing a memoir. Writing memoir is a deeply personal, and consequential, undertaking. As the acclaimed author of five memoirs spanning significant turning points in her life, Beth Kephart has been both blessed and bruised by the genre. In Handling the Truth, she thinks out loud about the form—on how it gets made, on what it means to make it, on the searing language of truth, on the thin line between remembering and imagining, and, finally, on the rights of memoirists. Drawing on proven writing lessons and classic examples, on the work of her students and on her own memories of weather, landscape, color, and love, Kephart probes the wrenching and essential questions that lie at the heart of memoir. A beautifully written work in its own right, Handling the Truth is Kephart’s memoir-writing guide for those who read or seek to write the truth.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing A Life

Author : Katherine Bomer
ISBN : IND:32000002183863
Genre : Education
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In Writing a Life, Katherine Bomer presents classroom-tested strategies for tapping memoir's power, including ways to help kids generate ideas to write about, elaborate on and make meaning from their memories, and learn craft from published memoirs.
Category: Education

Writing Memoir

Author : Anna Meryt
ISBN : 0957612281
Genre :
File Size : 81.99 MB
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Have you got a story you're burning to tell - a true story from your life (that's not your WHOLE life story - memoir is a part of your life). The events you want to write about, did they last weeks, months, or several years? You decide. -Do you think it's a cracking good story? -Read this book to find out how to turn YOUR STORY into a memoir. -Chapters include planning, story-telling, place and time, character, description, voice, dialogue, publishing and marketing. This book explains how you can develop your writing skills and avoid some of the pitfalls that can be encountered. Comments so far: Works really well as a how to manual for someone thinking of taking up writing. Exercises and examples work well - and it's very practical and down to earth. ... a rich listing of resources, from agents to printing, cover design to marketing - all so helpful to new writers and so compendious.

On Writing

Author : Stephen King
ISBN : 9780743455961
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Arvon Book Of Life Writing

Author : Sally Cline
ISBN : 9781408198803
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 89.80 MB
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Fascinating, wide-ranging, hugely knowledgeable - an indispensable guide and a beguiling education William Boyd Packed with insights and advice - just the inspiration to start writing! Jenny Uglow Everyone has a story This book shows how the best writers tell them, and offers advice on how to tell them yourself. Biographers Sally Cline and Carole Angier teach life writing - an area of creative writing that is exploding in popularity - at the world-famous Arvon Foundation. They have distilled the essence of their popular course on memoir, autobiography and biography into this wide-ranging book. The Arvon Book of Life Writing offers three fascinating ways into the genre. First, reflections on their trade by the authors, exploring its special challenges: truth, memory, ethics, evidence and interpretation. Second, personal tips and tales from 32 top British and American life writers - autobiographers and memoirists, literary, sports and celebrity biographers; plus a critic, an agent, a literary editor, two novelists, and a ghost writer. Third, a practical guide, complete with exercises, designed for use in creative writing courses or by individual writers at home. No other book contains such detailed, witty and professional advice on the genre.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Gift Of Memoir

Author : Diane Taylor
ISBN : 9781772360073
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 29.31 MB
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The Gift of Memoir is Diane Taylor's gift to writers of every kind, but especially those with a personal or family story to tell. In words that are themselves a stellar example of literary craftsmanship, Taylor shows writers how to show up, open up, and write. Her short chapters, full of practical advice and inspiring examples, cover such topics as: The all-importance of reading to writing Establishing a writing ritual Why write memoir? The importance of joining a writing community Telling the truth when you aren't sure Journaling as a kind of personal writing workshop Four strategies to retrieve memories How to use anecdotes and establish themes How to write through the five senses How to choose a form that fits your writing The revision process
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


Author : Oldskool Diaries
ISBN : 1702230562
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***** CLICK THE AUTHOR NAME "OLDSKOOL DIARIES" FOR MORE COVER DESIGNS ***** Be prepared and keep yourself organized for anything with this stylish diary The perfect companion to write about your life experiences. This retro diary provides the ideal way to stay organized. A special place to record daily events, record small wins, arm yourself with words of wisdom and capturing brilliant ideas. It�s also a popular tool for documenting your daily life. This matte finished diary comes complete with over 100 pages (approx. 52 sheets). It has a flexible lightweight paperback cover, which makes it lighter and easier to carry around, and comes complete with a cool & trendy colorful cover. Dimensions: 6� x 9� giving plenty of writing space to prepare for each day ahead. This diary is perfect to help: Keep on top of tasks & activities Stay organized with planning Keep track of personal health & medications Noting down things you want to do or read Documenting Life Noting down ideas for blog writing or other forms of writing And so much more... Time to take the stress out of your life and become more organized. Set yourself up for success to help you reach your goals and aspirations. Order yours now

Notes For A Memoir

Author : Janet Asimov
ISBN : UOM:39015063347531
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Contains personal anecdotes and letters offering insights into Janet and Isaac Asimov's identities, and includes musings on the nature of writing and mortality.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Tell Me True

Author : Patricia Hampl
ISBN : 0873518152
Genre : Literary Collections
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In this landmark collection, Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May have gathered fourteen original essays from award-winning memoirists and historians. They are all storytellers, wrestling with a fascinating gray area where memory intersects with history and where the necessities of narrative collide with mundane facts. and whether the record emerges from archival sources or from personal memory, these writers show how to make the leap to telling a good story—while also telling us true. “reading each of these superb and provocative essays, readers understand history in the memoir and memoir in the history. What all the writers recognize is that they and their disciplines all deal with the vagaries of memory and how humans construct meaning in the present through memory, however expressed. a superb book. Highly recommended.” —Choice Patricia Hampl is the author of three memoirs, including most recently The Florist’s Daughter, as well as other books of literary nonfiction and poetry. Elaine Tyler May has written several books on twentieth-century American history. Both are regents professors at the University of Minnesota. Contributors: André Aciman, Matt Becker, June Cross, Carlos Eire, Helen Epstein, Samuel G. Freedman, Patricia Hampl, Fenton Johnson, Alice Kaplan, Annette Kobak, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Elaine Tyler May, Cheri Register, D. J. Waldie.
Category: Literary Collections

Shimmering Images

Author : Lisa Dale Norton
ISBN : 1429953071
Genre : Reference
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Rich, funny, and moving personal narratives depend on a few key moments in time to anchor the story and give it impact. Shimmering Images teaches the aspiring memoirist how to locate key memories using Lisa's technique for finding, linking, and fleshing out those vibrant recollections of important moments and situations. Shimmering Images will address: *the difference between memoir and autobiography *how to claim your voice *the art of storytelling *honesty, truth, and compassion in writing *authentic dialogue and the need for specificity Readers will learn how to craft a short piece of narrative nonfiction grounded in their core memories and master a technique they can use over and over again for writing other narratives. A must-have book for anyone who has treasured Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott or Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.
Category: Reference