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Writing Your Life: A Guide to Writing Autobiographies
     

Writing Your Life: A Guide to Writing Autobiographies

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by Mary Borg
 

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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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781618210265
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
175
Sales rank:
521,536
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

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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Writing Your Life: A Guide to Writing Autobiographies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NatoshaM 12 months ago
It's always fun to get in some writing practice. No matter if you're going to be taught in school and want a head start or a way to keep things in memory. The book I was interested in, is called Writing Your Life by Mary Borg. This book isn't about just writing about anything, but instead, it's more personal. You will be learning to write about you, yourself and the stories you want the reader to know about. The guide is just a helpful tool to get you started and help you finish successfully. I love that it's got some tips to help you get comfortable before starting and what to think about or how to get some positive ideas of what you want in the story down on paper. Of course, the entire story of your life would be long so why not do just parts you want to keep alive and add them. It could even just be like a memoir, only a book with a few parts that focusing on one particular part of your life, maybe children or special times in your life. This book can really help you out with that as well! Finally, for a child or adult, this is a super book to own! The author did a wonderful job with the guide and it's extremely helpful. So many tips and ideas to help anyone get started writing a book of their self.