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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About 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.
Table of Contents
Getting Started 10
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