Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper--or in a Web site or e-book. Enhanced with illustrative examples from many different writers as well as writing exercises, this guide helps… More »
Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper--or in a Web site or e-book. Enhanced with illustrative examples from many different writers as well as writing exercises, this guide helps writers navigate a range of issues from craft to ethics to marketing and will be useful to both beginners and more accomplished writers. The rise of interest in memoir recognizes the power of the genre to move and affect not just individual readers but society at large. Sue William Silverman covers traditional writing topics such as metaphor, theme, plot, and voice and also includes chapters on trusting memory and cultivating the courage to tell one's truth in the face of forces--from family members to the media--who would prefer that people with inconvenient pasts and views remain silent. Silverman, an award-winning memoirist, draws upon her own personal and professional experience to provide an essential resource for transforming life into words that matter. Fearless Confessions is an atlas that contains maps to the remarkable places in each person's life that have yet to be explored.« Less
Savory words : the first bite of your story
Writing on key : a few notes about theme
Plotting your life
Between innocence and experience : finding your voice(s)
Mock moons and metaphor : crafting memoir into art
Writing in style
Marketing your memoir
Confessional and (finally) proud of it
Appendix 1. The meandering river : an overview of the subgenres of creative nonfiction
Appendix 2. Three confessional essays
Appendix 3. For your reading pleasure : four full-length essays
Appendix 4. Reading list of contemporary creative nonfiction
Includes bibliographical references (p. -234)
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