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At last the contemporary masters of memoir have come together to reveal their strategies and impart their advice. This book contains an unprecedented wealth of knowledge in one place.In "The Autobiographers Handbook," you're invited to a roundtable discussion with today's most successful memoirists. Let Nick Hornby show you how the banal can be brilliant. Elizabeth Gilbert will teach you to turn pain into prose. Want to beat procrastination? Steve Almond has the answer. Learn about memory triggers (Ishmael Beah: music) and warm-up exercises (Jonathan Ames: internet backgammon). These writers may not always agree (on research: Tobias Wolff, yes, Frank McCourt, no) but whether you're a blossoming writer or a veteran wordsmith, this book will help anyone who has ever dreamed of putting their story on paper, on writing themselves into existence.Featuring: STEVE ALMOND JONATHAN AMES ISHMAEL BEAH ELIZABETH GILBERT NICK HORNBY A. J. JACOBS MAXINE HONG KINGSTON PHILLIP LOPATE FRANK MCCOURT DAVID RAKOFF ESMERALDA SANTIAGO JULIA SCHEERES ART SPIEGELMAN ANTHONY SWOFFORD SARAH VOWELL SEAN WILSEY TOBIAS WOLFF AND MANY MORE"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780805087130
ISBN-10: 0805087133
Format: Paperback / softback
(208mm x 162mm x 17mm)
Pages: 242
Imprint: Henry Holt & Company
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jennifer Traig

826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco dedicated to supporting students aged six to eighteen with their writing skills. The first center opened in 2002 and since then, more than 10,000 volunteers have donated their time, with 826 centers springing up in New York, L.A., Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Seattle; 826 Boston will open in the fall of 2007. All proceeds from "The Autobiographer's Handbook" will benefit the 826 centers.Jennifer Traig, a longtime 826 tutor and workshop teacher, is the author of two memoirs-"Well Enough Alone" and "Devil in the Details" (2004). She holds a Ph.D. in literature, and her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "JANE," "The Observer" (London), and the "San Francisco Chronicle."

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