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

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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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884956331
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 1,369,398
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
How To Use This Book 1
Part 1 Building the Foundation
Chapter 1 Getting Started on Your Lifewriting Adventure 5
Chapter 2 Using a Daybook to Hoard Your Treasure Trove of Memories and Reflections 19
Chapter 3 Digging for Information 35
Chapter 4 Transforming Raw Data into Lifewriting: Key Techniques to Master 45
Chapter 5 Organizing Techniques I: Working Up an Outline 57
Chapter 6 Organizing Techniques II: Writing the Treatment 65
Part 2 Ready, Get Set, Start Drafting!
Chapter 7 Drafting I: Wielding Opening Magic 73
Chapter 8 Drafting II: Bodybuilding 83
Chapter 9 Drafting III: Calling It a Wrap: Writing Effective Conclusions 99
Chapter 10 Revision: The Fine Art of Reseeing Your First Draft 109
Part 3 Lifewriting Projects
Chapter 11 Writing a Personal-Experience Feature 119
Chapter 12 Writing Portraits and Self-Portraits 129
Part 4 Developing Your Style
Chapter 13 Copyediting for Style I: Strengthening Your Sentences 139
Chapter 14 Copyediting for Style II: Choosing Words Wisely 149
Part 5 Shepherding Your Lifewriting Essays into Print or Cyberspace
Chapter 15 Selling Your Lifewriting to Newspapers, Literary Journals, and Magazines 165
Chapter 16 "I Could Write a Book": Here's How 179
Chapter 17 Anatomy of an Essay: Joan Didion's "Marrying Absurd" 195
Recommended Reading for Lifewriters 203
Index 213
About the Author 225
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