Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir

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University of Georgia Press, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 237 pages
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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.


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I hesitated to review this book at first because I see that it gets a lot of 5 star ratings, but I think I am not the only one who thought it was "just okay". As another reviewer said, Sue wants us to ... Read full review


The Longest Paragraph
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 Voices
Mock Moons and Metaphor Crafting Memoir into Art
Writing in Style
Marketing Your Memoir
Confessional and Finally Proud of It
The Meandering River An Overview of the Subgenres of Creative Nonfiction
Three Confessional Essays
For Your Reading Pleasure Four FullLength Essays
Reading List of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction
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Sue William Silverman is a faculty advisor at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the associate editor of the journal Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. Her first book, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (Georgia), received the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction. She is also the author of Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction (made into a Lifetime TV movie) and Hieroglyphics in Neon, a collection of poems.

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