Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit

Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit

by Judith Barrington


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Since Writing the Memoir came out in early 1997 it has sold roughly 80,000 copies and is consistently praised as "the best book on memoir out there." It is thought-provoking, explanatory, and practical: each chapter ends with writing exercises. It covers everything from questions of truth and ethics to questions of craft and the crucial retrospective voice. An appendix provides information on legal issues.

Judith Barrington, an award-winning memoir writer and acclaimed writing teacher, is attuned to the forces, both external and internal, that work to stop a writer; her tone is respectful of the difficulties and encouraging of taking risks. Her nimble prose, her deep belief in the importance of this genre, and her delight in the rich array of memoirists writing today make this book more than the typical "how-to" creative writing book. In this second edition the author has added new material and reflects on issues raised since Writing the Memoir was written, early in the memoir boom.

"No student of memoir writing could fail to learn from this wise, pragmatic, and confiding book. One hears on every page the voice of an intelligent and responsive teacher, with years of thinking about memoir behind her."—Vivian Gornick

Judith Barrington is the author of Lifesaving: A Memoir and numerous individual memoirs which have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. She is the author of three volumes of poetry: Trying to Be an Honest Woman , History and Geography, and Horses and the Human Soul (forthcoming in 2002). She has taught creative writing for the past twenty years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780933377509
Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Edition description: REV
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 327,105
Product dimensions: 8.28(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

INo Escape27
The Road to Perelada39
The Initiation55
Paco's Mother65
Senor Serra's Romance75
Dream Time101
Sleeping Around109
El Cordobes125
The Rain in Spain139
IIMaking Waves149

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Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
angeles1 More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me in a memoir writing class and I found it helpful as I begin to draft some of my memories into written form. The book includes simple writing exercises to get you started and in the habit, and also includes the basics you need to know to write from your own experiences.
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