Writing the Memoir

ISBN-10: 0933377509
ISBN-13: 9780933377509
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
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Description: Since Writing the Memoir came out in early 1997 it has sold roughly 20,000 copies and is consistently praised as "the best book on memoir out there." It is thought-provoking, explanatory, and practical: each chapter ends with writing exercises. It  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Eighth Mountain Press
Publication date: 2/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Since Writing the Memoir came out in early 1997 it has sold roughly 20,000 copies and is consistently praised as "the best book on memoir out there." It is thought-provoking, explanatory, and practical: each chapter ends with writing exercises. It covers everything from questions of truth and ethics to questions of craft and the crucial retrospective voice. An appendix provides information on legal issues. Judith Barrington, an award-winning memoir writer and acclaimed writing teacher, is attuned to the forces, both external and internal, that work to stop a writer; her tone is respectful of the difficulties and encouraging of taking risks. Her nimble prose, her deep belief in the importance of this genre, and her delight in the rich array of memoirists writing today make this book more than the typical "how-to" creative writing book. In this second edition the author has added new material and reflects on issues raised since Writing the Memoir was written, early in the memoir boom. "No student of memoir writing could fail to learn from this wise, pragmatic, and confiding book. One hears on every page the voice of an intelligent and responsive teacher, with years of thinking about memoir behind her."-Vivian Gornick Judith Barrington is the author of Lifesaving: A Memoir and numerous individual memoirs which have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. She is the author of three volumes of poetry: Trying to Be an Honest Woman, History and Geography, and Horses and the Human Soul (forthcoming in 2002). She has taught creative writing for the past twenty years. [box] Also available by by Judith Barrington Lifesaving: A Memoir TP $13.95, 0-933377-44-4 o CUSA TC $22.95 0-933377-45-2 o CUSA

Introduction
What Is Memoir? Suggestions for Writing
Who Cares? and Other Thoughts on Getting Started: Suggestions for Writing
Finding Form: Suggestions for Writing
The Truth: What, Why, and How? Suggestions for Writing
Scene, Summary, and Musing: Suggestions for Writing
Moving Around in Time: Suggestions for Writing
Using Your Senses: Suggestions for Writing
Naming Names: Suggestions for Writing
Writing about Living People: Suggestions for Writing
Your Memoir and the World: Suggestions for Writing
Watch Out for the Myths: Suggestions for Writing
Getting Feedback on Your Work: Guidelines for Critique Groups
Your Memoir and the Law
Permissions Acknowledgments
Index to Authors and Titles
About the Author

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