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4th Edition

Writing Your Life
A Guide to Writing Autobiographies

ISBN 9781618210265
Published March 1, 2013 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

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. Writing Your Life has already helped thousands write their life stories, and this fourth edition is sure to help today's writers preserve their memories and wisdom for many generations to come.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1 A Few Basics Chapter 2 Laying the Groundwork Chapter 3 Remembering and Writing: Early Years Chapter 4 Remembering and Writing: Adult Life Chapter 5 Putting It All Together Appendix Decades About the Author

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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.


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 . . . 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,Library Journal, 4/1/13