Drawing on Patti Miller's ten-year 'Writing your Life' experience, this new expanded and revised edition includes a wonderful collection of life stories.
Everyone can write a life story.
If you have dreamed by childhood creeks, had coffee with a friend, watched the sun rise after a partner has died, or lived through any of life's twists and turns, then you have a life story to write.
Writing Your Life provides techniques for getting started, handling perspective, finding your voice and bringing experiences to life on the page. It also explores issues like selective memory, emotional healing and how to communicate your truths without clich s.
Expanded and revised throughout including three new chapters, Writing Your Life also illustrates the passion and delight of life writing with the addition of a wholly new anthology of stories by people who have already been encouraged by Patti Miller's writing techniques.
This wonderful new edition of Writing Your Life will inspire and guide you through the exciting journey of exploring your own life story.
'This book will be a valuable companion as you write your own life story.' Caroline Jones, author of An Authentic Life
'Patti Miller is the perfect navigator to accompany anyone embarking on the journey of discovery that is life writing . her voice is like that of a guiding friend, offering encouragement and support as well as practical advice.' Caroline Baum
Patti Miller is the author of seven books: the best-selling Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers, Child and The Memoir Book (all published by A&U), Whatever the Gods Do, (Random House) the award- winning The Mind of a Thief (now a VCE text) and, in 2015, Ransacking Paris, both published by UQP. She began 'Life Stories Workshops' at Varuna in 1991 and is Australia's best- known memoir teacher, offering the Faber Academy course and memoir courses around Australia and in Paris. More than 35 of her writers have been commercially published.
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Table Of Contents:
Part I: Before you Start
1. The reason why
2. 2. How to use this book
3. 3. Rewards and difficulties
Part II: Workshops
4. Workshop I Getting started
5. Workshop II Sources
6. Workshop III Memory
7. Workshop IV Finding your voice
8. Workshop V Bringing it to life - detail
9. Workshop VI Bringing it to life - drama
10. Workshop VII Structure
11. Workshop VIII Crafting the story
12. Workshop IX Telling your truth
13. Workshop X Experimenting with form - life writing
14. Post-Workshop 1 Questions, suggestions, topics
15. Post-Workshop II Out into the world
Part III: Anthology
Part IV: Appendices
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