Did you know that the #1 thing that baby boomers want to do in retirement is write a book--about themselves? It's not that every person has lived such a unique or dramatic life, but we inherently understand that writing a memoir--whether it's a book, blog, or just a letter to a child--is the single greatest path to self-examination.
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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. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well.
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In the art of memoir, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner, writer and spiritual seeker, insightful, ” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, and entertaining as her own work in the genre.
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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, naturally, writer's digest Writing memoir is daunting! You're the expert on your life, but narrating and organizing your own experiences in the best way can feel impossible.
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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, on what it means to make it, on the searing language of truth, on the thin line between remembering and imagining, finally, she thinks out loud about the form—on how it gets made, and, on the rights of memoirists.
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Writing life stories is a classic text that appears on countless creative nonfiction and composition syllabi the world over. You'll discover how to turn your untold life stories into vivid personal essays and riveting memoirs by learning to open up memory, shape scenes from experience, develop characters, access emotions, and research supporting details.
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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.
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In the art of time in memoir, critic and memoirist Sven Birkerts examines the human impulse to write about the self. By examining memoirs such as vladimir nabokov's speak, birkerts describes the memoirist's essential art of assembling patterns of meaning, Memory; Virginia Woolf's unfinished A Sketch of the Past; and Mary Karr's The Liars' Club, stirring to life our own sense of past and present.
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How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating and Publishing Your Personal StoryReader's Digest #ad - Days 16 – 20 include exercises about experiences. Days 21 – 25 include exercises that analyze responses to events. 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 26 – 30 include exercises that structure the story of the memoir.
Days 6 – 10 include exercises about plot. The book also includes information about publishers and literary agents, as well as information and resources about self-publishing. 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.
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