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.