This is a collection of some of the (most of) books I’ve read to help me along with writing the memoir and other personal essays and stories over the years. Great stuff.
The Eleventh Draft: Craft and the Writing Life from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop by Frank Conroy
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative by Vivian Gornick
Description:Vivian Gornick presents readers with examples of some of the best essays and memoirs of the past century, analyzing how the idea of the self has changed. Gornick explores the truth speaker in works by Edmund Gosse, Joan Didion, and Oscar Wilde, and discusses how to recognize truth in your own work.
Author Beth Kephart explores the many personal and professional challenges of writing memoir. From remaining faithful to the searing language of truth, to navigating the thin line between remembering and imagining, the author offers practical advice for memoirists who seek wisdom regarding the craft as well as their legal rights.
Published in 2013 by Gotham
Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd
Description:This informative and instructive guide examines the three major incarnations of nonfiction: essays, memoirs, and narratives. By offering insightful analysis and expert advice, this entertaining and practical guide to writing nonfiction is ideal for both seasoned and beginner writers.
The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life by Marion Roach Smith
Description:The author of The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair provides straight-forward tactics and advice for writing honest memoirs.