Writing a Life

In Writing a Life, Katherine Bomer presents classroom-tested strategies for tapping memoir's power, including ways to help kids generate ideas to write about, elaborate on and make meaning from their memories, and learn craft from published ...

Author: Katherine Bomer

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: IND:32000002183863

Category: Education

Page: 209

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In Writing a Life, Katherine Bomer presents classroom-tested strategies for tapping memoir's power, including ways to help kids generate ideas to write about, elaborate on and make meaning from their memories, and learn craft from published memoirs.

Life Writing

Life Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing biography, autobiography and memoir. PART 1 explores the history and forms of life writing and the challenges and potential pitfalls of the genre.

Author: Sally Cline

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472531056

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Life Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing biography, autobiography and memoir. PART 1 explores the history and forms of life writing and the challenges and potential pitfalls of the genre. PART 2 includes tips by bestselling writers: Diana Athill, Alan Bennett, Alain de Botton, Jill Dawson, Millicent Dillon, Margaret Drabble, Geoff Dyer, Victoria Glendinning, Lyndall Gordon, Peter Hayter, Richard Holmes, Michael Holroyd, Kathryn Hughes, Diane Johnson, Hermione Lee, Andrew Lownie, Janet Malcolm, Alexander Masters, Nancy Milford, Blake Morrison, Andrew Morton, Clare Mulley, Jenni Murray, Nicholas Murray, Kristina Olsson, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, Meryle Secrest, Miranda Seymour, Frances Spalding, Hilary Spurling, Boyd Tonkin, Edmund White. PART 3 includes practical advice - from planning, researching and interviewing to writing, pacing and navigating ethical issues.

On Life writing

On Life-Writing offers a sampling of approaches to the study of life-writing. The collection brings together eminent scholars and writers to reflect on specific examples of life-writing to reflect broader themes within the genre.

Author: Zachary Leader

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198704065

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 317

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On Life-Writing offers a sampling of approaches to the study of life-writing. The collection brings together eminent scholars and writers to reflect on specific examples of life-writing to reflect broader themes within the genre.

Writing a Life

Author: Joel Rogosin

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781413427202

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

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In Writing a Life—part drama, part sitcom—veteran Hollywood writer-producer Joel Rogosin leads us through a highly entertaining memoir, a touching love story, an amusing family history and an intimate journal.

Writing a Life

Trapped in her marriage, confined by motherhood, and bound by the need to present a smiling face of domestic and feminine amiability in accord with the romantic tales she was producing, Montgomery's journals testify to her struggles with ...

Author: Mary Rubio

Publisher: E C W Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105017072641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 133

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Lucy Maud Montgomery was born with the storyteller's gift. Throughout her life she would use this talent to tangle and reinforce the intersecting threads of her experience: her Scots heritage, her early years in nineteenth-century Prince Edward Island, her teacher training at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, her unhappy marriage to a Presbyterian minister, and her powerful, tormenting ambition. With the creation of Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery quickly became Canada's most enduring and celebrated author. Yet this biography presents the Montgomery legend with a darker cast. Rubio and Waterston reveal Montgomery to be a subversive writer, who interjected messages of resistance into her superficially pleasant stories. The authors pay attention to Montgomery's private journals, which pulse with open resentment at the structures of daily life that caught her ambition in cobwebs. Trapped in her marriage, confined by motherhood, and bound by the need to present a smiling face of domestic and feminine amiability in accord with the romantic tales she was producing, Montgomery's journals testify to her struggles with emotional depression and her self-destructive dependence on her increasing popularity. Before long, she became caught by her very facility in creating narratives, unconsciously adapting her life to suit her writerly needs.

Writing About Your Life

An ingeniously constructed teaching memoir from the author of the bestselling On Writing Well -- "You learn without knowing it." (Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes) Written with elegance, warmth, and humor, this highly original ...

Author: William Zinsser

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 1569243794

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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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.

Life Writing

See vituperative biography. act, or aetatis. (L. aetatis suae, in a certain year of
one's age.) At the age of; often placed in the corner of a portrait indicating the age
of the subject at the time the portrait was painted. African American life-writing.

Author: Donald J. Winslow

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824817133

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 76

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This text presents an introduction and a reference source of terms in the writing of biographies, autobiographies and related literature.

Life Writing

Before moving on from this section, I would like briefly to outline for you some
further ideas that provide through-lines in life writing narratives. These may help
to give you ideas for your own writing: • the desert – in Somalian writer Waris
Dirie's ...

Author: Sara Haslam

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000159370

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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Life Writing offers the novice writer engaging and creative activities, making use of insightful, relevant readings from well-known authors to illustrate the techniques presented. This volume makes use of new versions of key chapters from the recent Routledge/Open University textbook, Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings for writers who are specializing in life writing. Using their experience and expertise as teachers as well as authors, Derek Neale and Sara Haslam guide aspiring writers through such key writing skills as: writing what you know, investigating biography and autobiography, using prefaces, finding a form, using memory, developing characters, using novelistic, poetic and dramatic techniques. The volume is further updated to include never-before published interviews and conversations with successful life writers such as Jenny Diski, Robert Fraser, Richard Holmes, Michael Holroyd, Jackie Kay, Hanif Kureishi and Blake Morrison. Concise and practical, Life Writing offers an inspirational guide to the methods and techniques of authorship and is a must-read for aspiring writers.

Encyclopedia of Life Writing

Further examples bring particular and explicitly stated philosophical orientations
to life writing, as in Sartre's existential approach to the biography of Jean Genet (
Saint Genet, 1952), and William Earle's synthesis of analytic and ...

Author: Margaretta Jolly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136787430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1150

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Tell Me True

In this landmark collection, Hampl and May have gathered 14 original essays from award-winning memoirists and historians.

Author: Patricia Hampl

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society

ISBN: 0873516303

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 231

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In this landmark collection, Hampl and May have gathered 14 original essays from award-winning memoirists and historians. Whether the record emerges from archival sources or from personal memory, these writers show how to make the leap to telling a good story, while also telling us true.

A Life in Writing

There were war clouds in the sky, even as there had been most of my early life.
Heading for my first job in New York City, I was admittedly far more conscious of
my own life and future than of the geopolitical realities of the world, but first things
 ...

Author: Charles Champlin

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815608470

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

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Charles Champlin is best known as a columnist and film critic for the Los Angeles Times. His career as a journalist, however, has spanned decades, first as a writer for Life and later as a London-based correspondent for Time magazine. This book continues where his last memoir left off, with the author moving at the age of sixteen with his mother from Hammondsport, New York, to a village on Oneida Lake. Turning his journalistic eye on his own life, Champlin offers a series of vivid sketches that brings to life the events and people he encounters. His interviews with Peter O'Toole and other theatrical luminaries, his experience working with Henry Luce, and his compassionate reporting are all vividly recounted, revealing the author's personal impressions that richly detail an era. With wry insight and keen observation, Champlin narrates both the daily and the legendary events at Time, offering readers a glimpse into the world of magazine writing and publishing before the age of the computer. Balancing self-portrait with historical narrative, Champlin presents a story of self-discovery in the larger context of a changing world. Relying on retrospection and personal and professional experience, he recalls crucial moments during WWII, the postwar years, and the sixties, reflections that will resonate with many readers. His prosespare and unpretentiousis filled with humor and reveals a veteran writer who has lost none of the wit and wisdom from his earlier memoir.

Essays on Life Writing

Whose Life Is It Anyway ? Out of the Bathtub and into the Narrative MARLENE
KADAR Life writing is the broad term used by Evelyn Hinz and Donald Winslow
to refer to a genre of documents or fragments of documents written out of a life , or
 ...

Author: Marlene Kadar

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802067832

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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Marlene Kadar has brought together an interdisciplinary and comparative collection of critical and theoretical essays by diverse Canadian scholars.

J M Coetzee

The books deals in depth with Coetzee's origins, early years, and first writings; his British interlude from 1962–65; his time in America from 1965–71; his 30 years back in South Africa, when he achieved international recognition and ...

Author: J. C. Kannemeyer

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781922070081

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 710

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J.M. Coetzee: a life in writing is the first biography of Nobel prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee. A global publishing event of the rarest kind, the book has been written with the full co-operation of Coetzee, who granted the author interviews, and put him in touch with family, friends, and colleagues who could talk about events in Coetzee's life. For the first time, Coetzee allowed complete access to his private papers and documents, including the manuscripts of his sixteen novels. J.C. Kannemeyer has also made a study of the enormous body of literature on Coetzee, and through archival research has unearthed further information not previously available. The books deals in depth with Coetzee's origins, early years, and first writings; his British interlude from 1962–65; his time in America from 1965–71; his 30 years back in South Africa, when he achieved international recognition and won the Booker prize; and his Australian years since 2002, during which time he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. J.M. Coetzee: a life in writing is a major work that corrects many of the misconceptions about Coetzee, and that illuminates the genesis and implications of his novels. This magisterial biography will be an indispensable source for everybody concerned with Coetzee's life and work.

The Arvon Book of Life Writing

... medium of stories, believes like J.G. Ballard that 'we live inside an enormous
novel.'3 He is always present in his fiction, through which he filters his own life.
Authors are his constant characters; the significance of writing a repetitive theme.

Author: Sally Cline

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408122716

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Fascinating, wide-ranging, hugely knowledgeable - an indispensable guide and a beguiling education William Boyd Packed with insights and advice - just the inspiration to start writing! Jenny Uglow Everyone has a story. This book shows how the best writers tell them, and offers advice on how to tell them yourself. Biographers Sally Cline and Carole Angier teach life writing - an area of creative writing that is exploding in popularity - at the world-famous Arvon Foundation. They have distilled the essence of their popular course on memoir, autobiography and biography into this wide-ranging book. The Arvon Book of Life Writing offers three fascinating ways into the genre. First, reflections on their trade by the authors, exploring its special challenges: truth, memory, ethics, evidence and interpretation. Second, personal tips and tales from 32 top British and American life writers - autobiographers and memoirists, literary, sports and celebrity biographers; plus a critic, an agent, a literary editor, two novelists, and a ghost writer. Third, a practical guide, complete with exercises, designed for use in creative writing courses or by individual writers at home.

Writing Vietnam Writing Life

wrapped up in his lost love and his love life that in effect he gets somebody killed
and then realizes all that has to be put aside. If you were to describe that [story]
as I have just done, it sounds like some kind of hokey theme, or something you'd
 ...

Author: Tobey C. Herzog

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587297236

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Phillip Caputo, Larry Heinemann, Tim O’Brien, and Robert Olen Butler: four young midwestern Americans coming of age during the 1960s who faced a difficult personal decision—whether or not to fight in Vietnam. Each chose to participate. After coming home, these four veterans became prizewinning authors telling the war stories and life stories of soldiers and civilians. The four extended conversations included in Writing Vietnam, Writing Life feature revealing personal stories alongside candid assessments of each author’s distinct roles as son, soldier, writer, and teacher of creative writing. As Tobey Herzog's thoughtful interviews reveal, these soldier-authors have diverse upbringings, values, interests, writing careers, life experiences, and literary voices. They hold wide-ranging views on, among other things, fatherhood, war, the military, religion, the creative process, the current state of the world, and the nature of both physical and moral courage. For each author, the conversation and richly annotated chronology provide an overview of the writer’s life, the intersection of memory and imagination in his writing, and the path of his literary career. Together, these four life stories also offer mini-tableaux of the fascinating and troubling time of 1960s and 1970s America. Above all, the conversations reveal that each author is linked forever to the Vietnam War, the country of Vietnam, and its people.

The Story of Your Life

Discusses how to become more attuned to the spiritual side of life through the sharing of common, meaningful experiences

Author: Dan Wakefield

Publisher: Beacon Press (MA)

ISBN: PSU:000017617512

Category: Self-Help

Page: 178

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Discusses how to become more attuned to the spiritual side of life through the sharing of common, meaningful experiences

Writing a Woman s Life

This book uses fascinating insights into the lives of unconventional women such as Virginia Woolf and Colette to show how their stories have been distorted by this assumption.

Author: Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Publisher:

ISBN: 0704341840

Category: Autobiography

Page: 144

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Why is it that generations of writers had to describe George Sand as 'a great man'? Why did Dorothy L. Sayers, having created a heroine as independent as herself, then marry off Harriet Vane? And why did Carolyn Heilbrun resort to the pseudonym of Amanda Cross to write her own detective fiction? For Carolyn Heilbrun, May Sarton's "Journal of a Solitude" was a watershed which marked a new way of writing about women's lives. Before then, traditional biography and autobiography assumed that only one narrative was acceptable for women: romantic love leading to conventional marriage. This book uses fascinating insights into the lives of unconventional women such as Virginia Woolf and Colette to show how their stories have been distorted by this assumption.

Light Writing Life Writing

On the surface, the use of photography in autobiography appears to have a straightforward purpose: to illustrate and corroborate the text.

Author: Timothy Dow Adams

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807847925

Category: Photography

Page: 298

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On the surface, the use of photography in autobiography appears to have a straightforward purpose: to illustrate and corroborate the text. But in the wake of poststructuralism, the role of photography in autobiography is far from simple or one-dimensional

Life Writing

It may summarize a person's whole life in three or four paragraphs. It may
summarize several years in a few hundred words. For example, I had one writing
student, a woman in her eighties, who summarized her enlistment in the Army
Signal ...

Author: William J. Hofmann

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469103976

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Why Life Writing? How many times have you looked through the family album and wished there were more pictures of the good old days? William Hofmanns message in Life Writing is that there are more pictures, thousands of them just waiting to be pulled from your memory and written down. Hofmanns clear advice on how to get fresh ideas, how to write a rough draft, or how to use the basic principles of rewriting would be useful to any writer. But his book is specifically for those people who would like to use writing as a tool for preserving their past, for recording their own memories and the memories of their parents and grandparents. From the first sentence to the last page, Life Writing is at once supportive and practical, a comprehensive step-by-step guide to gathering your familys folklore and keeping it alive.