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Your life as story : writing the new autobiography

Author: Tristine Rainer
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Blending literary scholarship with practical coaching on how to craft short or long life narratives, Rainer traces the history of autobiography from Egyptian inscriptions through its recent evolution on the bestseller lists. Aided by examples from such writers as Maya Angelou, Russell Baker, Richard Rodriguez, Maxine Hong Kingston, Mikal Gilmore, and Carolyn See, among others, Rainer demonstrates how to write
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tristine Rainer
ISBN: 0874778611 9780874778618
OCLC Number: 35450465
Notes: "A Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam book."
Description: xii, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Story Only You Can Tell --
2. The Evolution of a New Autobiography --
3. What Is a Story? --
4. A Story Depends Upon How You Slice It --
5. The Nine Essential Elements of Story Structure --
6. Genres of the Self --
7. Tricks Memory Plays on You and Tricks You Can Play on It --
8. Finding Your Voice --
9. Portraying Yourself: You Are Your Hero --
10. Portraying Others: Casting Your Story from Life --
11. Truth in Autobiographic Writing --
12. How to Write What You Dare Not Say --
13. Dealing with Your Dark Side --
14. Writing the Body --
15. Theme: String for Your Pearls --
16. Scenepearls --
17. Anatomy of Scene: Description, Inner Responses, Dialog, and Structure --
18. Jumping and Leaping through Time --
19. Humor --
20. Dressing Up before Going Out --
21. Emotional, Legal, and Ethical Concerns --
22. Finishing the Unfinished Story --
App. 1. Forming or Finding a Memoir Group --
App. 2. Selling Your Story for Fame and Fortune and Other Good Alternatives --
Bibliography of Autobiographic Works and Critical Works on Memoir Cited in the Text.
Responsibility: Tristine Rainer.

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Blending literary scholarship with practical coaching on how to craft short or long life narratives, Rainer traces the history of autobiography from Egyptian inscriptions through its recent evolution on the bestseller lists. Aided by examples from such writers as Maya Angelou, Russell Baker, Richard Rodriguez, Maxine Hong Kingston, Mikal Gilmore, and Carolyn See, among others, Rainer demonstrates how to write character portraits, how to remember what you thought you had.

Forgotten, how to unify a story with thematic conflict, how to write scenes with dialogue and employ other fictional devices, how to use humor and perspective, and how to move through time. The author shares her remarkable techniques for finding the essentials of story structure within your life's scattered experiences. She also shows that autobiography need not be a linear, heroic quest, but may be assembled like a quilt, the pattern gradually emerging.

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