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The memoir project : a thoroughly non-standardized text for writing & life / Marion Roach Smith.

Roach Smith, Marion. (Author). Roach Smith, Marion. Writing what you know. (Added Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780446584845
  • ISBN: 0446584843
  • Physical Description: viii, 114 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2011.

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General Note: "Previously published as Writing what you know : realia" --Cover
Formatted Contents Note: You must be present to win : pay attention! : which details you include will determine the success of your memoir -- Galileo in Walmart : don't let all the "stuff" of life's overcrowded aisles distract you; focus that lens to sharpen your tale -- Having sex with Roger : get a firm grip on that first draft with your eyes open, the lights on, and a notebook by the bed -- The Barbie-bodied book : your writing math must add up to a figure so compelling the reader can't take his eyes off your argument -- Life in the morgue : editing is the perfect murder, though the darlings you kill can live to see another day.
Summary, etc.: "The essential, eccentric guidebook for anyone wanting to write a memoir"--Provided by the publisher.
Author Notes

Marion Roach Smith, co-founder of, has taught a sold-out class called "Writing What You Know" since 1998. She is the author of The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning and Sexual Power of Red Hair (Bloomsbury, 2005); co-author with Michael Baden, M.D., of Dead Reckoning (Simon and Schuster, 2001); and author of Another Name for Madness (Houghton Mifflin, Pocket Books, 1986). She is a former staff member of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Prevention, New York Daily News, Vogue, Newsday, Good Housekeeping, Discover and American Health. Marion has been a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and writes and records daily and weekly spots on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sirius 112/XM 157.

Subject: Autobiography > Authorship > Handbooks, manuals, etc.

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