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Writing Life Stories

How to Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays, and Life Into Literature
Roorbach, Bill (Book - 2008)
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Writing Life Stories
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How to Make Memories into Memoirs, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature From drawing a map of a remembered neighborhood to signing a form releasing yourself to take risks in your work, Roorbach offers innovative techniques that will trigger ideas for all writers. Writing Life Stories is a classic text that appears on countless creative nonfiction and composition syllabi the world over. This updated 10th anniversary edition gives you the same friendly instruction and stimulating exercises along with updated information on current memoir writing trends, ethics, internet research, and even marketing ideas. You'll discover how to turn your untold life stories into vivid personal essays and riveting memoirs by learning to open up memory, access emotions, shape scenes from experience, develop characters, and research supporting details. This guide will teach you to see your life more clearly and show you why real stories are often the best ones.
Authors: Roorbach, Bill
Title: Writing life stories
how to make memories into memoirs, ideas into essays, and life into literature
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c2008
Edition: Fully rev. 2nd ed., 10th anniversary ed
Characteristics: 296 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Bill Roorbach with Kristen Keckler
Contents: Getting started
Big ideas
Characters and character
Stage presence
Finding the facts
Metaphor and meaning
Saying it right
Building a building
Getting published
Appendix A : "Into woods" / by Bill Roorbach
Appendix B : "The olive jar" / by Kristen Keckler
Appendix C : "On apprenticeship" / by Bill Roorbach
Appendix D : suggested readings in creative nonfiction
Additional Contributors: Keckler, Kristen
ISBN: 1582975272
Branch Call Number: 808.06692 R779w 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 270-291) and index
Subject Headings: Report writing Autobiography Authorship
Topical Term: Report writing
LCCN: 2008006395
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May 30, 2010
  • YPRLFamilyHistory rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Advice and exercises on how to start writing life stories. Includes a great list at the back of examples of good nonfiction memoirs. Reading is writing.


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