Writing Selling Your Memoir

Drawing on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists, literary agent Paula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to: Identify strong opening and closing points ...

Author: Paula Balzer

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1599631350

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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There's more to writing a memoir than just writing your life story. A memoir isn't one long diary entry. Rather, it's a well-crafted story about a crucial, often exceptionally difficult, time in someone's life. Writing & Selling Your Memoir talks readers through the process of telling their most personal stories in a compelling, relatable, and readable manner. Unlike other books dedicated to the art and craft of writing memoir, it teaches readers how to approach the genre with love, respect, and know-how without sentimentalizing it. Drawing on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists, literary agent Paula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to: Identify strong opening and closing points Find and develop a strong central hook that readers can relate to Structure a memoir to maximize readability Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy Approach honesty and truthfulness Build a successful author platform around their memoir Get an agent's attention Get published Full of tips, techniques, detailed exercises, and examples from best-selling memoirs as well as sidebars from well-known memoir authors, Writing & Selling Your Memoir teaches you how to approach an often tricky genre and tell your story without sentimentalizing it.

You Should Really Write a Book

A strategic guide for aspiring authors who are looking to write commercially viable memoirs offers insight into today's dynamic publishing world, covering such topics as social networking, modern promotional methods and viable memoir ...

Author: Regina Brooks

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312609344

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 290

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A strategic guide for aspiring authors who are looking to write commercially viable memoirs offers insight into today's dynamic publishing world, covering such topics as social networking, modern promotional methods and viable memoir categories. By the author of Writing Great Books for Young Adults. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Write Your Memoir

When you trust yourself, your Unconscious, and your writing, and you let them do what they need to do, then the Magic happens. Your memoir will take you through these six stages as you write it – if you let it be written the way it ...

Author: Allan G. Hunter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781844092529

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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Drawing from more than 25 years of literary know-how and modeled after a 15-week college course, this manual provides guidance for seekers wishing to delve further into self-exploration through writing. Extending beyond the idea that memoir writing intends to put past events into a more understandable current perspective, the guide maintains that keeping a document of one’s life is actually the basis of a psychic process called “soul work,” which manifests as a desire to experience the state of being alive to the fullest. This unusual approach to memoir writing aims to generate more honest and genuine results that come from inner needs rather than outer expectations. Intended to clarify a writer’s developmental path, this resource emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and the need for dealing with difficult material that actually alters the writer in the process, resulting in significant growth of the soul.

Find Your Story Write Your Memoir

CONSEQUENCE AND THE OCCASION OF THE TELLING The decision to embark on a memoir comes most often from a make-orbreak time or event in the author's life long after the events about which she or he writes have taken place.

Author: Lynn C. Miller

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 9780299293130

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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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

Writing Selling Your Memoir

How to Craft Your Life Story So That Somebody Else Will Actually Want to Read It Paula Balzer ... Setting out to write a memoir is going to take nothing short of a major time commitment and discipline from you, so the following exercise ...

Author: Paula Balzer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599634197

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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There's more to writing a memoir than just writing your life story. A memoir isn't one long diary entry. Rather, it's a well-crafted story about a crucial, often exceptionally difficult, time in someone's life. Writing & Selling Your Memoir talks readers through the process of telling their most personal stories in a compelling, relatable, and readable manner. Unlike other books dedicated to the art and craft of writing memoir, it teaches readers how to approach the genre with love, respect, and know-how without sentimentalizing it. Drawing on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists, literary agent Paula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to: • Identify strong opening and closing points • Find and develop a strong central hook that readers can relate to • Structure a memoir to maximize readability • Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy • Approach honesty and truthfulness • Build a successful author platform around their memoir • Get an agent's attention • Get published Full of tips, techniques, detailed exercises, and examples from best-selling memoirs as well as sidebars from well-known memoir authors, Writing & Selling Your Memoir teaches you how to approach an often tricky genre and tell your story without sentimentalizing it.

Peace Corps Experience Write and Publish Your Memoir

The memoir is a selectively-told true story. This is very important. If you wish to change history, write a novel instead. If you want to tell the truth, a memoir is a great vehicle, but even a memoir must hold the reader's interest.

Author: Lawrence F. Lihosit

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469760886

Category: Self-Help

Page: 140

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Tell your Peace Corps story, but first study this book. Robert Klein, Peace Corps Oral History Project, Kennedy Library The ultimate how-to book for former Peace Corps volunteers and staff who have hesitated to write about their own experience. This book explains what a memoir is, how to write, publish and promote.

Writing Your Legacy

Writing this story may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Writing Your Legacy is a step-by-step guide to chronicling a life story that reflects your true self.

Author: Richard Campbell

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599638775

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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Craft a meaningful life story! A written legacy of your life--one that encompasses experiences, lessons learned, failures and triumphs--is a gift your family and friends will cherish for years to come. Writing this story may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Writing Your Legacy is a step-by-step guide to chronicling a life story that reflects your true self. Through a series of 35 guided themes, as well as supplementary exercises, you'll explore milestones, relationships, career paths, and major choices, and leave an eloquent record of your life for future generations. You'll also learn how to: * Become the hero of your story * Employ vibrant sensory details * Discover your unique voice * Dig up memories from your childhood and teen years * Overcome writer's block, address common fears, and stay motivated * Prepare your story for publication Writing your life story can grant you insight and clarity, help you heal past wounds, and serve as a treasured account you'll be proud to share. Your story deserves to be told. Capture the spirit of your life with Writing Your Legacy.

How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days

Releasing repressed emotions helps you mature emotionally; oftenwhen you writeabout pastevents, buried emotions come into your mind. Writing your memoir hassomeneurological value,too. Itstimulates your memory and thusincreasesyour ...

Author: Roberta PHD Temes

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781621451525

Category: Reference

Page: 192

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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.

How to Write a Memoir

One way you can share your stories is by writing a memoir. A memoir is an account of your personal experiences. You can write a memoir about your entire life. You could also just write about certain parts of it.

Author: Nel Yomtov

Publisher: Cherry Lake

ISBN: 9781624312540

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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This book teaches readers how to plan and write memoirs. They will discover what makes an interesting life story, why details are important to creating an interesting story, and how to organize memories into a compelling narrative. A variety of activities provide hints and tips along the way to support the development of point of view, descriptive detail, logical organization, and the narrative as a whole.

Fast Draft Your Memoir

Oh, my students say as I tell them that writing this kind of timebased memoir is a common desire. Does that make me boring? Am I just another person with a recovery memoir? Heck, no! Having an idea of what you want to write about is ...

Author: Rachael Herron

Publisher: HGA Publishing

ISBN: 9781940785424

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 194

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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!

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing a Memoir

As memoirs surge tothe top of bestseller lists,the number of people writing onealso grows. As a result,we now find ourselves inavibrant community of memoirists, eachofus learning from theothers by sharing ourwork; trading tips on craft; ...

Author: Victoria Costello

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101559178

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Helps readers write memoirs, personal essays, and life stories of every length and type.

Writing a Memoir

Creative Writing Now—How to Write a Memoir www.creative-writing-now.com/how-to-write-a-memoir.html Find advice on how to write a memoir, as well as interviews and ideas to inspire your memoir writing. Scholastic—Brainstorm: Memoirs from ...

Author: Cecilia Minden

Publisher: Cherry Lake

ISBN: 9781534160194

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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Writing is an important skill that kids use almost every day. The goal of the Write it Right series is to make kids writing experts. Writing a Memoir is full of tips and tricks to help kids craft a meaningful memoir, from writing down memories to organizing and labeling stories. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, activities, and instructions.

Breaking Ground on Your Memoir

And this means you are writing from two different perspectives with at least two intentions. As you write your memoir, you have to think about yourself as you would any other character in a story. In fiction-writing classes—memoir ...

Author: Brooke Warner

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 9781631520112

Category: Reference

Page: 117

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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 Memoir Memoir Prompts What to Write

A memoir is a significant slice of time during your life, not your whole life. These prompts are a deep dive into the details of your chosen time frame. This is not a "how" to write book but it is a "what" to write book.

Author: Memoir Writer

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1720076847

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 146

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144 8X10 pages, with 72 memoir writing prompts. A memoir is a significant slice of time during your life, not your whole life. These prompts are a deep dive into the details of your chosen time frame. This is not a "how" to write book but it is a "what" to write book. Some of these prompts might be uncomfortable but do the best you can. You might be amazed by what you discover. Cover has glossy finish.

Turning Memories Into Memoirs

The book covers jogging one's memory, conducting interviews and research, discerning fact from fiction, choosing a theme, making it meaningful, and editing a finished product.

Author: Denis Ledoux

Publisher: Soleil Press

ISBN: 0974277347

Category: Authorship

Page: 272

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The author, who is a writing coach, presents a step-by-step guide for recording a personal or family history. The book covers jogging one's memory, conducting interviews and research, discerning fact from fiction, choosing a theme, making it meaningful, and editing a finished product. It includes exercises, sample life stories, and tips on grammar and storytelling techniques.

On Writing

Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S TOP 100 NONFICTION BOOKS OF ALL TIME Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s ...

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743211536

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S TOP 100 NONFICTION BOOKS OF ALL TIME Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work. “Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

The Memoir Project

Previously self-published under the title, Writing What You Know: Raelia, this book has found an enthusiastic audience that now writes with intent.

Author: Marion Roach Smith

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0446584843

Category: Self-Help

Page: 128

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The greatest story you could write is the one you experienced yourself. Knowing where to start is the hardest part, but it just got a little easier with this essential guidebook for anyone wanting to write a memoir. 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. Through the use of disarmingly frank, but wildly fun tactics that offer you simple and effective guidelines that work, you can stop treading water in writing exercises or hiding behind writer's block. Previously self-published under the title, Writing What You Know: Raelia, this book has found an enthusiastic audience that now writes with intent. While there have been other writing books, there's nothing like Marion Roach Smith's THE MEMOIR PROJECT.

Memoir Writing For Dummies

Remember the past — put on your research cap and uncover your memories Get over writer's block — find out how to deal with distractions and focus on the task Write your first draft — develop your structure, setting, characters, and ...

Author: Ryan Van Cleave

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118414675

Category: Education

Page: 384

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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.

My Memoir Workbook

Your Memoir While many of you are using this workbook to help you develop and write your memoir for family, ficiends and loved ones, some of you may want to explore how to publish and promote your book to a broader audience.

Author: Marcia Rosen

Publisher: Abbott Press

ISBN: 145820300X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 48

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This memoir workbook demonstrates the importance of writing your story; it also gives you the tools and guidance you need to do it. Work at your own pace and say what you want to say in your own words. This is your book, designed to tell about your life in your own voice. The workbook provides you with inspiration, motivation, and encouragement to finish the task. Writing your life story can be daunting and emotional, but it can also be fulfilling and rewarding. Share how you loved, cried, struggled, and survived with My Memoir Workbook. Marcia Rosen is a miracle worker who could coax a memoir out of anyone. Inspiring and creative, she shows us how to shape our ideas and memories into a manuscript. With insight and humor, this book moves us all a few steps closer to our dream. And anyone who knows Marcia will recognize her warm and wise voice on every page. Pesi Dinnerstein A Cluttered Life: Searching for God, Serenity, and My Missing Keys Having had no experience in writing, but with a burning desire to try to help people reach their goals, I asked Marcia Rosen to help me with the process. Let me tell you, that was the wisest decision I ever made. Marcia has a unique ability to explain the process and help you along. She is upbeat and very knowledgeable in writing and publishing. She will guide you, encourage you and direct your progress. I really could not have done my book without her. Thank you Marcia. Dr. Harris R. Cohen Lessons Learned: How to Negotiate The Life You Want to Live Abbott Press

Courage and Craft

In Courage and Craft, you'll find a nuts-and-bolts overview of the genre, exercises to keep the inner critic at bay, inspiration from writers who've been there and practical advice for getting your words on the page and out into the world.

Author: Barbara Abercrombie

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577316015

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 157

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This book offers lessons to embolden you as a writer and practical guidelines for working writing into your everyday life, giving and receiving feedback, and getting your work...