Author(s): Patti Miller
Experience of living and a desire to write are what qualify you to write a life story, the author argues. Her book is about the psychological and spiritual journey of "writing the self", and provides techniques for getting started, handling perspective and bringing experiences to life.
'This book will be a valuable companion as you write your own life story.' Caroline Jones, author of An Authentic Life 'Patti Miller is the perfect navigator to accompany anyone embarking on the journey of discovery that is life writing... her voice is like that of a guiding friend, offering encouragement and support as well as practical advice.' Caroline Baum
Patti Miller is a writer and teacher who lives in the Blue Mountains of NSW. After teaching general writing classes for many years, Patti discovered how many people wanted to write their life stories and designed workshops especially for them. The first edition of 'Writing your Life' (1994) grew out of those workshops. 'The Last One Who Remembers' (1997), Patti's second book, shows what is possible if writers continue to explore their craft in the this way. 'Child' (1998) was her third book and first novel.
Part I: Before you Start1. The reason why2. 2. How to use this book3. 3. Rewards and difficultiesPart II: Workshops4. Workshop I Getting started5. Workshop II Sources6. Workshop III Memory7. Workshop IV Finding your voice8. Workshop V Bringing it to life - detail9. Workshop VI Bringing it to life - drama10. Workshop VII Structure11. Workshop VIII Crafting the story12. Workshop IX Telling your truth13. Workshop X Experimenting with form - life writing14. Post-Workshop 1 Questions, suggestions, topics15. Post-Workshop II Out into the worldPart III: AnthologyPart IV: Appendices