McDonnell draws from her own experiences as a writer and a teacher of memoir to provide the definitive book on writing "crisis memoirs" and other kinds of personal narrative. She explains specific techniques and gives advice to help the writer discover his or her inner voice, recognize--and then silence--the inner censor, begin a narrative, and develop it with such aids as photographs and documents.

Living to Tell the Tale: A Guide to Writing Memoir 1998, Penguin Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780140265309

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