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  • Da Capo Press

Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past

William Zinsser

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Language, Prose: non-fiction

Now in paperback-an elegantly written, ingeniously constructed "teaching memoir" that entertains and instructs readers who want to write about their own lives, from the renowned author of the million-copy-selling On Writing Well

Written with elegance, warmth, and humour, 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 traveller. 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.

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