Autobiographer's Handbook The 826 National Guide to Writing Your Memoir

ISBN-10: 0805087133
ISBN-13: 9780805087130
Edition: 2008
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Description: With an introduction by Dave Eggers,nbsp; this guide by the founders of 826 Valencia features anecdotes and advice from dozens of bestselling memoirists The best way to learn about writing a memoir is from the masters of the form. InThe  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

With an introduction by Dave Eggers,nbsp; this guide by the founders of 826 Valencia features anecdotes and advice from dozens of bestselling memoirists The best way to learn about writing a memoir is from the masters of the form. InThe Autobiographer’s Handbook, dozens of the best memoirists in the world explain their methods, struggles, inspirations, and strategies in the most unique writing guide on the market today. Founded by author Dave Eggers and veteran teacher Nínive Calegari, 826 Valencia operates seven nonprofit writing centers nationwide. OnlyThe Autobiographer’s Handbook—the first in a planned series of 826 Valencia writing guides—features the prominent, published authors who have shared their secrets at 826 workshops and who now bring their best advice to the page. Participants include Frank McCourt, Tobias Wolff, A. J. Jacobs, Alison Smith, Art Spiegelman, Anthony Swofford, David Rakoff, Elizabeth Gilbert, Nick Flynn, Sarah Vowell, Steve Almond, and many more. Eggers’s introduction encourages all to write their stories, if not for publication, then for the benefit of their children and grandchildren. The book offers lighthearted sidebars (“History’s Strangest Actual Memoirs,” “The Nom de Plume Generator,” and “Childhood Tragedies Unlikely to Move the Reader”) to keep readers engaged and writing assignments to keep them working toward their goal.The Autobiographer’s Handbookis like having coffee with dozens of your bestselling memoirist friends (and a drill instructor), and it will be the writing guide for aspiring memoirists of all ages for years to come.

Jennifer Traig has a Ph.D. in Literature, but thinks she should have a Ph.D. in Crafts, because in school she spent far more time crafting than studying. She lives, writes, and crafts in San Francisco.

Dave Eggers was born on March 12th, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois when he was a child. Eggers attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, until his parents' deaths in 1991 and 1992. The loss left him responsible for his eight-year-old brother and later became the inspiration for his highly acclaimed memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". Published in 2000, the memoir was nominated for a nonfiction Pulitzer the following year. Eggers edits the popular "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" published annually. In 1998, he founded the independent publishing house, McSweeney's which publishes a variety of magazines and literary journals. Eggers has also opened several nonprofit writing centers for high school students across the United States. Eggers has written several novels and his title, A Hologram for the King, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. His most recent work of fiction, entitled The Circle, was published in 2013.

Introduction
The Brain Trust
Meeting Your Muse
Precursors to the Past
You vs. Page One
Lines, Curves, and Tangents
Methods for Movement
Trimming the Fact
Memories May Differ
You Contain Multitudes
Getting the Joke
Writing through Pain
The Facts vs. the Truth
Lost in the Labyrinth
The End of You (For Now)
Getting It Out There
Bonus Chapter: From the Mind, to the Internet, to the Book, to You
Conclusion

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