Writing about Your Life: A Journey Into the Past

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Da Capo Press, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 228 pages
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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.
  

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Wonderful book about writing--and life. - Goodreads
This is a new look at memoir writing for me. - Goodreads
If you want to be a writer, start by reading this book. - Goodreads
Part memoir, part writing instruction. - Goodreads
A memoir and a book on writing memoirs all in one. - Goodreads
I was surprised by what a page turner it was. - Goodreads

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A great book for those who love to write and tend to gravitate towards personal stories. Be forewarned, though: this is less of a "how-to" manual and more of a "memoir with a few guidelines on how to ... Read full review

Review: Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past

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A great book for those who love to write and tend to gravitate towards personal stories. Be forewarned, though: this is less of a "how-to" manual and more of a "memoir with a few guidelines on how to ... Read full review

Contents

Messages on My Machine
1
Writing About School i i
11
People Along the Way
81
The Uses oj Memory
99
How to Write a Memoir
157
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Zinsser is a writer, editor and teacher. He began his career with the New York Herald Tribune and has long been a free-lance writer for leading magazines. He now teaches at the New School in New York City.

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