Fearless Confessions A Writer's Guide to Memoir

ISBN-10: 082033166X

ISBN-13: 9780820331669

Edition: 2009

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Sue William Silverman is a professional speaker on the topics of child abuse & addiction. Her first book, "Because I Remember Terror", "Father, I Remember You" won the AWP award in Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Preface
The Longest Paragraph
Writing Exercises
Savory Words: The First Bite of Your Story
Don't Just State Your Story - Reveal Your Story
Move Readers with Active Words
Following a Sensory Trail
Writing Exercises
A Note on Genre
For Your Reading Pleasure: "Candy Cigarettes,"
Writing on Key: A Few Notes about Theme
False Starts
Starting True
The Colors We Choose
Writing Exercises
For Your Reading Pleasure: "Rob Me Again,"
Plotting Your Life
Finding the Arc of Your Story
Motivating Your Plot
Thunderous Plots
The Structure of Plot
Crossing the Finish Line
Turning Real Life into Art
Writing Exercises
For Your Reading Pleasure: "Scavengers,"
Between Innocence and Experience: Finding Your Voice(s)
Using Multiple Voices
Your Everyday Voice and Your Literary Voice
Guiding Voices
Writing Exercises
For Your Reading Pleasure: "The Visit,"
Mock Moons and Metaphor: Crafting Memoir into Art
Finding Your Metaphors
The Metaphoric Memoir
Metaphor: A Window onto the World
Writing Exercise
For Your Reading Pleasure: "Tetanus, You Understand?"
Writing in Style
Your Story, Your Style
The Muscular Sentence
More Than Just And
Not To Be
Dialogue in Memoir
Past or Present Tense?
These Boots Are Made for Writing
Writing Exercise
For Your Reading Pleasure: "The Man behind the Shower Curtain,"
Marketing Your Memoir
Getting Started
Publishing Outlets: Pros and Cons of Each
How to Decide What's Best for Your Book
Promoting Yourself as a Professional Speaker
Web Opportunities for Your Memoir
The Importance of All Our Voices
Writing Exercises
Confessional and (Finally) Proud of It
Western Civilization in an Eggshell
One Secret, One Word, at a Time
Word by Word
The Courage to Show This to Your Mother (Penance Optional)
Truth and Memory in Memoir
What Readers Understand about Memoirs
What the Media Doesn't Understand about Confessional Stories
A Hysterical [sic] History of Criticism
Writing Exercises
The Meandering River: An Overview of the Subgenres of Creative Nonfiction
Biography
Autobiography
Immersion
Memoir
Personal Essay
Meditative Essay
Lyric Essay
Toward the Sea
Waters Ebb and Flow
Three Confessional Essays
"From Process to Product: Using Print-on-Demand to Publish,"
"Gazing: Writing from the Womb,"
"The Weight of a Word,"
For Your Reading Pleasure: Four Full-Length Essays
"Independence Day, Manley Hot Springs, Alaska,"
"After the Dash,"
"The Beautiful City of Tirzah,"
"The Pat Boone Fan Club"
Reading List of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction
Works Cited
Biographical Notes
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