Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery : Workshops & Anthology

Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery : Workshops & Anthology

Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery : Workshops & Anthology

Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery : Workshops & Anthology

Synopsis

Exploring both the mystery of personal discovery and the practical side of putting experiences to paper, this book urges people to write about their lives and learn from what they've composed. It provides techniques for getting started, handling perspective, finding an inner voice, and bringing experiences to life on the page. It also explores issues like selective memory, emotional healing, and how to communicate truths without clichés. This book illustrates the passion and delight of writing with the addition of a new anthology of stories by people who have practiced these techniques.

Excerpt

The first edition of Writing Your Life explored the journey of writing a life story or autobiography. in this new edition the journey continues, mapping new paths and destinations and broadening the explorations into the wider genre of creative non-fiction or 'life writing'.

Writing Your Life grew out of a series of writing workshops I first conducted at Varuna, the Eleanor Dark Writers' Centre at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. the workshops were called Life Stories and were designed for those who wanted to write the story of their life or that of a family member. Since then I have found that many people want to explore a wider area of non-fiction based on their own life experience, including journals, memoirs, meditations on place, people or issues, travel writing, letters and personal essays, and so I have extended Writing Your Life to include those areas under the general term 'life writing'.

Working with people on their own life story . . .

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