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In Your Life As Story, autobiography expert Tristine Rainer explains how we can all find the important messages in our lives. Like Mary Karr or Frank McCourt, we can shape those stories into dramatic narratives that are compelling to others. Blending literary scholarship with practical coaching, Rainer shares her remarkable techniques for finding the essentials of story structure within your life's scattered experiences. Most important, she explains how to treasure the struggles in your past and discover the meaning within those experiences to capture the unique myth at work in your life.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||1ST TRADE|
|Product dimensions:||8.74(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.96(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Tristine Rainer is the director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies in Pasadena, California. She teaches autobiographic writing at the University of California Los Angeles and at the University of Southern California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm a multi-published novelist trying her hand at memoir writing, and YOUR LIFE AS STORY has been a phenomenal aide. I continually find myself thanking Ms. Rainer for taking the time to cover EVERYTHING that goes into writing a memoir. Her exercises help me sort out and make sense of the jumble of memories rolling around in my head. I'm going to recommend this book in the fiction workshops I teach as well, because her approach to story and structure are so right on.
I've been working on a memoir for three years. If I had read Tristine Rainer's book before I started, I could have saved myself the first two.
This is the best book on memoir or autobiographical writing I have come across. The author really is an expert in this field, and I consider her book to be my "bible of memoir writing advice" and expertise.