Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature [NOOK Book]

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How to Make Memories into Memoirs, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature



From drawing a map of a remembered neighborhood to signing a form releasing yourself to take risks in your work, Roorbach offers innovative techniques that will trigger ideas for all writers.



Writing Life Stories is a classic text that appears on countless creative nonfiction and composition syllabi the world over. This updated 10th anniversary edition gives you ...

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Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature

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Overview

How to Make Memories into Memoirs, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature



From drawing a map of a remembered neighborhood to signing a form releasing yourself to take risks in your work, Roorbach offers innovative techniques that will trigger ideas for all writers.



Writing Life Stories is a classic text that appears on countless creative nonfiction and composition syllabi the world over. This updated 10th anniversary edition gives you the same friendly instruction and stimulating exercises along with updated information on current memoir writing trends, ethics, internet research, and even marketing ideas. You'll discover how to turn your untold life stories into vivid personal essays and riveting memoirs by learning to open up memory, access emotions, shape scenes from experience, develop characters, and research supporting details.



This guide will teach you to see your life more clearly and show you why real stories are often the best ones.

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This is your life! Why not write it down? Author Bill Roorbach has come up with this guide to Writing Life Stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599634524
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 399,489
  • File size: 944 KB

Meet the Author

Bill Roorbach has published six books (both award-winning fiction and nonfiction) and makes appearances at colleges and conferences across the country. He holds the Williams H.P. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, MA.
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Table of Contents


Preface     1
Introduction     3
Getting Started     10
Memory     25
Scenemaking     44
Big Ideas     65
Characters and Character     87
Stage Presence     120
Finding the Facts     137
Metaphor and Meaning     158
Saying it Right     179
Building a Building     203
Getting Published     218
"Into Woods"   Bill Roorbach     239
"The Olive Jar"   Kristen Keckler     249
"On Apprenticeship"   Bill Roorbach     265
Suggested Readings in Creative Nonfiction     270
Index     292
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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    Highly Recommended- Well worth the exercises

    This book is amazing! I have found it useful in my fiction and non-fiction writing. Two thumbs up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Caged

    Chapter 4: First Flight- Thor shakes me awake. "Dylan! Get up!" He murmurs. I sit up. "What?" I ask. He sighs. "We have to move closer to the gate. To be ready." He says.
    "Is everyone up?" I ask, getting up.
    "Check there!" A voice says.
    I turn. "Stealthy as ever, Wolf." I reply sarcatically.
    "D-Dylan!?" Hurley asks, the fear in his voice obvious. I'm at his side in an instant. The 8-year-old had become my responsibility. I protect him, help him...he's like my brother. With the same sandy blond hair, and the way our faces just look pretty simiular we can pass as brother and sister. For all I know, he could be my brother. That's the sad truth of my messed up world.
    "What's wrong, Hurley?" I ask. His blue eyes meet my green ones. "I'm mutating." He whispers.
    "No, buddy, it's probably natrual. See, when you reach a certain age, changes start, and you should ask one of the boys to better explain." I say, always oh so soothing.
    "No, I don't think that's it. I have wings." He says quietly.
    "Oh. No, I don't think that's natrual. Um, well, maybe we all have wings. Maybe we're supposed to have them, or...um..." I drift off, trying to think of why this is happening. I look at Raze, Thor, and Wolf for help.
    "Oh. My. Freaking. Gosh." Thor says, his brown eyes on my back.
    "What?" I ask. I look at them. Wolf is shocked, too. Raze looks confused. "You have wings." Wolf gasps. I frown and feel my back and...feathery wings. I spread them to their full 14 foot wing-span. I stare at the wings. 14 feet across, the top is pale gray, almost white. Each row of feathers is a darker shade of gray. There are little black dapples on them. The whole inside is soft, lighter shades then the darker outside.
    Hurley slowly spreads his 8-foot-long golden-brown wings. I look at the others. They stare at me and Hurley. "What's happening?" Raze asks. Thor explains about the feathery news. Then a 14-foot long pair of black wings fill our little fort-thing. "Is that cool?" Wolf's muffled voice comes from our feathery wings. Raze slowly opens a pair of russet wings. They have little brown markings on the feathers. Thor slightly spreads dark brown wings that are ivory-colored on the underside. Hurley gasps and tries to get free of the wings. "Let's all fold our wings. I can't breathe." I say. Wolf folds his wings, pulling me too. I pull away. "Sorry." He says with a quick smile. I grin a little. We all fold our wings. I wrap the rest of the deer from last night in a bear pelt. We gather the other pelts and leap off a branch. We snap our wings open and try them out. We catch a breeze and soar towards the far gate. I point at a herd of bison that are running below us. Hurley smiles. "Cool!" He says, looking delighted. Wolf shouts over the wind. "Look! The gate!" He points. We swoop and land a little ways away from the huge gate. I lay out some animal furs. Hurley sits on one and points to animal after animal, smiling. Me and the others join him. I watch the gate, wishing that it would never open.
    -Wild Fire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Lilyfang

    You need more puncuation and better spelling. Other then that its good. Rate my story at the 4 result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Rate my story fpcalled: dreams by SnowStrom chapter one

    I have an talent. An amzing talent. Also a talent that always brings trouble. Im Lisa longrade. Im tall with blond hair and blue eyes. Im here to tell my story becuse everyoe must know. Know what you ask you will find out soon. I woke up early one morning. My mother was sleeping. My brother Johnny was fat asleep. My sister Roseanne was proubly sleeping too. I sat up. "Your awake Lisa" i herd Roseanne say. She was tall with red hair and a creppy green eyes. She had a talnet too mayby she wl tell you about it later. "Yah i had a bad dream" i answerd. "What was it" rosey asked. We call her rosey since her name is so long. "I was walking down the strret when a man came. He stared at me then tooked out a sword and stabed me." I said. The dream scared me. "Its gonna be alright Lisa its just a dream" she said but i had a fealing it was notl all day i was tying to figure out wat my dream ment but i did. On the news a man walked down ally and he saw a man he stabed him. I shudderd. I dreamed agian. Two men were talking. "The girl whats her" one said. "But what about the other two" the other one asked. "Later Tom but the girl whats her name the blonde" he said. Tom thought for a moument but it hit me. The blonde was me. "Umm you mean Lisa Tim" Tom said. "Yeah her where is she" Tim asked. "At her house sleeping" Tom answerd. "That means she kns" Tim said. "Hello Lisa we know your liening you c tell th future throught your dreams we can help meet us at the ally betwine bayway cpstreet and seaside avenue" then they all disapred. Lisa woke up. Those men Tim and tom want me what about Johnny or rosey and other kids she thought what will they do run tests on us. Lisa was scared. To scared to tell her mother or fathe or Johnny or even to tell Roseanne. What will i do now Lisa thought...... rate it pleade tell me if i should contiue or not

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Silverleaf

    Did anyone read my humans story? Its called sophias story by sophia.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Snowy

    :3

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