Writing Your Life: A Guide to Writing Autobiographies

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To many, the task of writing about one's life seems daunting and difficult. Where does one begin? What stories will inspire your children and grandchildren, and which will simply amuse them? "Writing Your Life: A Guide to Writing Autobiographies" breaks down the barriers of personal narrative with an easy-to-follow guide that includes thought-provoking questions, encouraging suggestions, memory-jogging activities, tips for writing, advice on publishing one's stories in print and online, and examples of ordinary ...
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Overview

To many, the task of writing about one's life seems daunting and difficult. Where does one begin? What stories will inspire your children and grandchildren, and which will simply amuse them? "Writing Your Life: A Guide to Writing Autobiographies" breaks down the barriers of personal narrative with an easy-to-follow guide that includes thought-provoking questions, encouraging suggestions, memory-jogging activities, tips for writing, advice on publishing one's stories in print and online, and examples of ordinary people's writing. Having already helped thousands write their life stories, this second edition of "Writing Your Life" is sure to help today's generations preserve their memories and wisdom for many generations to come.
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In this updated edition of her 1998 how-to, Borg continues her more than 20-year mission to introduce senior citizens to the joys of writing their personal histories. The book, which was developed from class materials early in her workshop career, walks readers through the practical elements of writing a life story. No longer a spiral-bound offering with blank sheets, this edition can stand up to library circulation. Borg relies heavily on question prompts and writing samples from former students to guide the reader in creating a mostly chronological written-memory journey. Reading suggestions and writing tips are sprinkled throughout, and recommendations for using digital technology and employing online materials as writing aids are also included. Borg's style is informal; she focuses heavily on generating the memories to be recorded. An appendix lists key historical events and keywords by decade for the 1920s through 2010s to assist writers in setting their autobiographies in historical context. VERDICT This title is ideal for those who want some basic help in getting their life story on paper, whether simply for the benefit of friends and family or for a broader public.—Stacey Rae Brownlie, Harrisburg Area Community Coll. Lib., Lancaster, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618210265
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 619,462
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Mary Borg teaches American history and Colorado history classes at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where she also supervises student teachers in social studies and history.
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