Writing about Your Life: A Journey Into the Past by William Knowlton Zinsser

Writing about Your Life: A Journey Into the Past

William Knowlton Zinsser
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  • ISBN
    9781569243794 / 1569243794
  • Title Writing about Your Life: A Journey Into the Past
  • Author William Knowlton Zinsser
  • Category Writing & Editing Guides
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2005
  • Pages 228
  • Publisher
    Marlowe & Company
  • Imprint Marlowe & Co
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 140mm x 18mm x 209mm

Annotation

Written with elegance, warmth, and humor, this highly original “teaching memoir” by William Zinsser—renowned bestselling author of On Writing Well gives you the tools to organize and recover your past, and the confidence to believe in your life narrative. His method is to take you on a memoir of his own: 13 chapters in which he recalls dramatic, amusing, and often surprising moments in his long and varied life as a writer, editor, teacher, and traveler. Along the way, Zinsser pauses to explain the technical decisions he made as he wrote about his life. They are the same decisions you'll have to make as you write about your own life: matters of selection, condensation, focus, attitude, voice, and tone.

Publisher Description

Written with elegance, warmth, and humor, this highly original “teaching memoir” by William Zinsserrenowned bestselling author of On Writing Well gives you the tools to organize and recover your past, and the confidence to believe in your life narrative. His method is to take you on a memoir of his own: 13 chapters in which he recalls dramatic, amusing, and often surprising moments in his long and varied life as a writer, editor, teacher, and traveler. Along the way, Zinsser pauses to explain the technical decisions he made as he wrote about his life. They are the same decisions you'll have to make as you write about your own life: matters of selection, condensation, focus, attitude, voice, and tone.

Review
“William Zinsser is a born teacher. This book, full of charm and ingenuity, cannot fail to delight and instruct the would-be writer of personal narrative.”

Author Biography

Zinsser is a writer, editor and teacher. He began his career with the New York Herald Tribune and has long been a free-lance writer for leading magazines. He now teaches at the New School in New York City.

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