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Title:
Writing the memoir
Author:
Barrington, Judith.
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Edition:
2nd ed.
Publication Information:
Portland, Or. : Eighth Mountain Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
187 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
Since the first edition came out in 1997, this book has been 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.--From publisher description.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
1. What Is Memoir? -- 2. Who Cares? and Other Thoughts on Getting Started -- 3. Finding Form -- 4. The Truth: What, Why, and How? -- 5. Scene, Summary, and Musing -- 6. Moving Around in Time -- 7. Using Your Senses -- 8. Naming Names -- 9. Writing about Living People -- 10. Your Memoir and the World -- 11. Watch Out for the Myths -- 12. Getting Feedback on Your Work -- App. Your Memoir and the Law.
ISBN:
9780933377509

9780933377516
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Book

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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 andreflects 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.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
1 What Is Memoir? Suggestions for Writingp. 17
2 Who Cares? and Other Thoughts on Getting Started: Suggestions for Writingp. 33
3 Finding Form: Suggestions for Writingp. 47
4 The Truth: What, Why, and How? Suggestions for Writingp. 61
5 Scene, Summary, and Musing: Suggestions for Writingp. 79
6 Moving Around in Time: Suggestions for Writingp. 93
7 Using Your Senses: Suggestions for Writingp. 107
8 Naming Names: Suggestions for Writingp. 119
9 Writing about Living People: Suggestions for Writingp. 129
10 Your Memoir and the World: Suggestions for Writingp. 139
11 Watch Out for the Myths: Suggestions for Writingp. 151
12 Getting Feedback on Your Work: Guidelines for Critique Groupsp. 161
Appendix Your Memoir and the Lawp. 171
Permissions Acknowledgmentsp. 177
Index to Authors and Titlesp. 181
About the Authorp. 187