The Memoir Project

Author: Marion Roach Smith
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781455501830
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"The essential, eccentric guidebook for anyone wanting to write a memoir"--Provided by the publisher.

Writing Life Stories

Author: Bill Roorbach
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781884910470
Format: PDF, Mobi
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New in Paper! Author Bill Roorbach explains how to turn the engaging, untold stories of one's life into vivid personal essays and riveting memoirs. His friendly instruction and stimulating exercises teach writers how to: open up memory, access emotion and discover compelling material; shape scenes from experience, as life events become plot lines; populate stories with the fascinating, silly and maddening characters that surround them - their family members and friends. Readers will find innovative techniques of value to writers at all stages of their craft. Much more than teaching the rudiments of autobiography, this book will help writers see their own lives more clearly, while learning that real stories are often the best ones.

How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days

Author: Roberta PHD Temes
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1621451526
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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How to Write Your Memoir in 30 Days provides the framework for writers enthusiastic about telling their story, but wondering how to begin. Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers’ workshops taught by the author, are presented in a welcoming, non-intimidating style. The prospect of writing a book is not daunting when compartmentalized into thirty discrete assignments: Days 1 – 5 include exercises to identify major themes. Days 6 – 10 include exercises about plot. Days 11 – 15 include exercises about personalities. Days 16 – 20 include exercises about experiences. Days 21 – 25 include exercises that analyze responses to events. Days 26 – 30 include exercises that structure the story of the memoir. The book also includes information about publishers and literary agents, as well as information and resources about self-publishing. It also includes quick “clear communication” lessons about spelling and grammar. Perfect for today’s society, where we are all accustomed to celebrating each of life’s passages with a blog post and comfortable sharing our innermost feelings, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days is a fun, easy guide to writing the next great memoir.

Inventing the Truth

Author: Russell Baker
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395901502
Format: PDF
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Nine authors discuss the problems and pleasures of reinventing the past.

Writing About Your Life

Author: William Zinsser
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9781569243794
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Written with elegance, warmth, and humor, this highly original "teaching memoir" by William Zinsser—renowned bestselling author of On Writing Well gives you the tools to organize and recover your past, and the confidence to believe in your life narrative. His method is to take you on a memoir of his own: 13 chapters in which he recalls dramatic, amusing, and often surprising moments in his long and varied life as a writer, editor, teacher, and traveler. Along the way, Zinsser pauses to explain the technical decisions he made as he wrote about his life. They are the same decisions you'll have to make as you write about your own life: matters of selection, condensation, focus, attitude, voice, and tone.

Breaking Ground on Your Memoir

Author: Brooke Warner
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 1631520113
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In Breaking Ground on Your Memoir, Linda Joy Myers (President of the National Association of Memoir Writers) and Brooke Warner (Publisher of She Writes Press) present from the ground up—from basic to advanced—the craft and skills memoirists can draw upon to write a powerful and moving story, as well as inspiration to write, finish, and polish their own story. Full of rich insights and practical advice and strategies, Breaking Ground on Your Memoir offers all the tools writers need to write a powerful, publishable memoir. In this book you will discover: • how to get focused on what your memoir is about—your themes. • how to build the structure of your story. • techniques to make your memoir come alive. • the secrets of craft: how to write a great scene, colorful and memorable descriptions, narration, and flashback. • how to connect with your reader using through-threads and takeaway so they’ll keep turning the pages, and learn something about their own lives by reading your book. Visit the authors online at WriteYourMemoirInSixMonths.com.

My Father in Snow

Author: E. Sheila Johnson
Publisher: Nine by Two Press
ISBN: 9780990591207
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this family memoir, the author's lyric remembrances alternate with the testimony of her eight brothers and sisters to form a loving portrait of their father. Set in the 1950s and early 1960s, the story takes the reader inside their big family, and highlights the intense contrast between its warmth and the sometimes cold outside world. In remembering their father, the children reveal echoes of his character within their own.

The Art of Memoir

Author: Mary Karr
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780062223074
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse. (The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas.) In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre. Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr’s own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told— and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.) As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate. Joining such classics as Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today’s most popular literary forms—a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft.

Fast Draft Your Memoir

Author: Rachael Herron
Publisher: HGA Publishing
ISBN: 1940785421
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This is your roadmap for completing the memoir you've dreamed about writing. "Rachael Herron resonates with our audience, and not just because she knows her stuff—she does—or because she's hilarious—she is—but because her honesty and earnestness come through in all her messaging." Samantha Sanders, Writer’s Digest Writing memoir is daunting! You’re the expert on your life, naturally, but narrating and organizing your own experiences in the best way can feel impossible. Many writers become frustrated in early drafting stages and quit after a couple of brief attempts. Learn from bestselling memoirist Rachael Herron (who teaches this class at Stanford Continuing Studies) how to fast-draft your memoir while keeping its structure compelling. Learn how to frame your life’s story and give it a natural arc to keep your reader glued to the page. Figure out how to handle those family and friends you’re writing about. Explore what truth means in memoir. Work quickly to quiet the inner critic. Most of all, learn how to get out of your own way to get the words on the page. You can do this! Rachael will show you how. CLICK BUY NOW!

Another Name for Madness

Author: Marion Roach
Publisher: Pocket
ISBN: 9780671626303
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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An account of a young woman's search for understanding and hope as she helplessly witnesses her mother's growing disorientation due to Alzheimer's disease