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Your Life as a Story
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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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About the Author

Tristine Rainer is the director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies in Pasadena, California. She teaches autobiographic writing at the University of California Los Angeles and at the University of Southern California.

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"A compelling sourcebook for all writers interested in putting their life stories down on paper . . . at once encouraging, forceful, and thoroughly convincing." --Booklist"Your Life as Story is like a French dessert: rich and luscious, to be slowly devoured and savored for all it offers." --Writers Connection "A book both practical and inspiring. Rainer knows how to shape autobiography into art, and she shares this knowledge with clairty, enthusiasm, and a knack for choosing writers' words that best illustrate her point." --Bernard Cooper, personal essayist and memoirist, author of Maps to Anywhere and Truth Serum Memoirs

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