Writing the Memoir

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The Eighth Mountain Press, 2002 - Education - 187 pages
22 Reviews

Since Writing the Memoir came out in early 1997 it has sold roughly 80,000 copies and is consistently praised as "the best book on memoir out there." It is thought-provoking, explanatory, and practical: each chapter ends with writing exercises. It covers everything from questions of truth and ethics to questions of craft and the crucial retrospective voice. An appendix provides information on legal issues.

Judith Barrington, an award-winning memoir writer and acclaimed writing teacher, is attuned to the forces, both external and internal, that work to stop a writer; her tone is respectful of the difficulties and encouraging of taking risks. Her nimble prose, her deep belief in the importance of this genre, and her delight in the rich array of memoirists writing today make this book more than the typical "how-to" creative writing book. In this second edition the author has added new material and reflects on issues raised since Writing the Memoir was written, early in the memoir boom.

"No student of memoir writing could fail to learn from this wise, pragmatic, and confiding book. One hears on every page the voice of an intelligent and responsive teacher, with years of thinking about memoir behind her."—Vivian Gornick

Judith Barrington is the author of Lifesaving: A Memoir and numerous individual memoirs which have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. She is the author of three volumes of poetry: Trying to Be an Honest Woman, History and Geography, and Horses and the Human Soul (forthcoming in 2002). She has taught creative writing for the past twenty years.

  

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The writing exercises are wonderful. - Goodreads
First book for writing memoir class. - Goodreads
This has been my bible in writing my memoir. - Goodreads
I learned a lot about the writing process. - Goodreads
As a bonus she also includes some writing excercises. - Goodreads
... if you are writing a memoir. - Goodreads

Review: Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit

User Review  - DG Kaye - Goodreads

Loved this book! Barrington gives some excellent instruction on how to write a memoir well. She explains about telling your truth and expands on how to use develop the sense of detail. As a bonus she also includes some writing excercises. Great book for memoir writers to pick up. Read full review

Review: Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit

User Review  - Theresa - Goodreads

I really enjoyed how readable this book was. Many of my textbooks were not readable at all but this one is. I learned a lot about the writing process. It also answered the question, why write a memoir. I felt that it really helped draw out my creativity. One of the only textbooks I kept. Read full review

Contents

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II
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III
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IV
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V
47
VI
61
VII
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VIII
93
XI
129
XII
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XIII
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XVI
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About the author (2002)

Barrington is an Anglo-American poet and memoirist. Her awards include the Andres Berger Award, the Dulwich Festival International Poetry Contest, and the Stewart H. Holbrook Award. She is the founder of Flight of the Mind Writing Workshops.

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