Lifewriting: Drawing from Personal Experience to Create Features You Can Publish

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Quill Driver Books, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 223 pages
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Life writing is people-centered nonfiction writing. Not just autobiographical or biographical, life writing encompasses a broad range of personal-experience narratives. Life writing can be serious or humorous or both. It can include any kind of subject matter because people are always at the heart of any endeavor. Fred D. White, Ph.D., author of four textbooks on writing, walks the reader through the life writing process from research to composition to revision to marketing.
 

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Contents

Getting Started on Your Lifewriting Adventure 5
vi
Using a Daybook to Hoard Your Treasure Trove of Memories and Reflections
19
Digging for information
35
Key Techniques to Master
45
Organizing Techniques 1 Working Up an Outline
57
Organizing Techniques ll Writing the Treatment
65
Drafting l Melding Opening Magic
73
Drafting ll Bodybuilding
83
Writing a PersonalExperience Feature l 19
129
Copyediting for Style 1 Strengthening
139
Copyediting for Style ll Choosing Words Wisely
149
Selling Your Lifewriting to Newspapers Literary
165
l Could Write a Book Heres How
179
loan Didions
195
Recommended Reading for Lifewriters
203
index
213

Calling it a Wrap Writing Effective Conclusions
99
Revision The Fine Art of Reseeing Your First Draft
109
About the Author
225
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Associate Professor of English, Santa Clara University.

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