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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Zinsser, William. Writing About Your Life In this book Zinsser provides the reader with advice on writing a memoir, using his own life and writing as the 'story' behind the writing self. In other ... Read full review

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Zinsser, William. Writing About Your Life In this book Zinsser provides the reader with advice on writing a memoir, using his own life and writing as the 'story' behind the writing self. In other ... 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
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William Knowlton Zinsser (October 7, 1922 - May 12, 2015) was an American writer, editor, literary critic, and teacher. He began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, where he worked as a feature writer, drama editor, film critic and editorial writer. Throughout the 1970s, Zinsser taught writing at Yale University. He wrote 18 books, including On Writing Well, which is in its 17th edition. Zinsser died at the age of 92 in Manhattan on May 12, 2015.

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