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SinceWriting the Memoircame out in early 1997 it has sold roughly 20,000 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 and reflects on issues raised since Writing the Memoirwas 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 Memoirand 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.

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New revised and updated edition of the bestselling book on writing memoir.

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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 and reflects 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.

About the Author

Judith Barrington is known widely as the author of the bestselling Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art published in January 1997. The process of writing Lifesaving is described in Writing the Memoir, generating considerable interest in it. She is the author of two volumes of poetry, Trying to Be an Honest Woman (1985) and History and Geography (1989). Her work has been included in numerous anthologies including The Stories That Shape Us: Twenty Women Write About the West, A Formal Feeling Comes, From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry, Hers 3, Lesbian Travels, Uncommon Waters, Love Shook My Senses, and Season of Dead Water. Barrington's work has been published in many literary journals including Americas Review, Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, Poetry London, 13th Moon, Ploughshares, The GSU Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Sections from Lifesaving were published in The American Voice, The Sonora Review (annual Creative Nonfiction Award), Left Bank, The Women's Review of Books, and in the anthologies: The House on Via Gombito and an Inn Near Kyoto.

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Doug Helbling, October 10, 2009 (view all comments by Doug Helbling)
Judith answers the tough questions facing a memoir writer, in a manner that is at once both sensitive and direct. There is song here, but no dancing ... she totally delivers on the promise of the subtitle of this book:

'A practical guide to the craft, the personal challenges, and ethical dilemmas of writing your true stories'

The insights, ideas, suggestions, and even the 'history of the memoir' stories in this book will resonate with the memoir writer, and may well serve any writer who wants their work to read as true.
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ISBN:
9780933377509
Author:
Barrington, Judith
Publisher:
Eighth Mountain Press
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Nonfiction
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Biography as a literary form
Subject:
Report writing
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Reference-Writing Nonfiction
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
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Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20020231
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TRADE PAPER
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General/trade
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 in 9 oz

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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 and reflects 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.

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