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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469760908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469760902
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,035,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excerpt from Peace Corps Worldwide Review by Leita Kaldi Davis

 It is vitally important to write about your Peace Corps experience, not only for your own gratification, but for posterity, because the countries we served in are changing rapidly, and a Volunteer's experience gives great insight into far-flung places at different points in history.

From the Author

William Burroughs once said that there are two kinds of writers; those who write and those who talk about writing. The writers, he said, are like bullfighters while the talkers are more bullshitters. Bullfighting is more my line.

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The Author was born in the southern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois in 1951. His family later moved to Arizona where he graduated from grade school, high school and Arizona State University. He reluctantly served in the U.S. Army Reserves during the closing years of the Vietnam War and enthusiastically volunteered for the Peace Corps. His travels and work have taken him from the salmon spawning Nushagak River Basin in southwestern Alaska to the fertile Argentine Pampas. His continuing studies have included master's coursework in urban planning at la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, art and creative writing at Skyline College in San Bruno, California and education at California State University Fresno. He has earned his living as an urban planner for many years, working in Honduras, Mexico, Alaska, Arizona and California.

As a younger man, he picked salmon from set nets in bush Alaska, fought a plague of mosquitoes in Canada, crawled through burial tombs in Peru, rode bulls in Bolivia, relaxed in Ecuadorian volcanic hot springs alongside Indians, hung out with an Uruguayan acting troupe, drank mate with Argentine lawyers, listened to tales of Chilean torture in a peña, floated alongside a pelican on the Sea of Cortes, danced to reggae while sipping cane liquor on Honduran sands, cheated border guards in Guatemala, ate pupusas in El Salvador and went underground in Mexico City after becoming embroiled in local politics. His travels outside the (lower) 48 states lasted for seven and one half years.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. Roll on March 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
The history of the Peace Corps lies in the memories of those who served as Volunteers. Lawrence Lihosit is dedicated to seeing those memories translated into memoirs. In his book, "Peace Corps Experience: How to write and publish your own Memoir," he shows how to make this happen.

Lihosit shares the valuable knowledge he has gained as the author of numerous books, many self-published, with would be writers. Lihosit takes the budding author by the hand, places a crayon in it, sits him in front of a roll of butcher paper and stays with him through pen and computer until that author can hold in that same hand a beautiful published copy of his own memoir.

The book is targeted to Peace Corps Volunteers and many of the references are specific to that experience. However,
the overall guidelines would work well for anyone who wishes to write about a personal journey or a special time and place. This is a book that will not only be found in libraries and writers' workshops, but propped up against laptops in coffee houses!

Joanne Roll
RPCV
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. James on March 16, 2012
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This book is where your urge to write meets the tools to get it done. Each chapter contains nuts and bolts guidance on an aspect of writing your story, from jogging those old memories to organizing, writing, editing, laying out, publishing and marketing your memoir. Buy this book now and get started -- no more excuses!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Lee on September 4, 2012
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As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, have you ever wondered if you should write about your Volunteer experience, perhaps the most important experience of your life? Lawrence Lihosit, author of Peace Corps Experience: Write and Publish Your Memoir not only responds with a resounding, YES, but gives you the rationale and the tools to do so.

Although you may have spoken of your stories and experiences to family, school groups and other interested parties, a memoir allows you to share your experience with a wider audience and these written memories will still be available for time to come. It becomes part of that larger mosaic of experiences of Volunteers, who went overseas and, indeed, did change the world. A memoir hones in on a significant period of your life, allowing you to reflect on the experiences and people who changed your life. It is not an autobiography, but a selectively told story, based on personal experiences. Who better to write about these experiences than the Peace Corps Volunteers themselves?

Lihosit has an easy and folksy style, at times somewhat whimsical. He also takes his role as coach and mentor seriously and can be very direct, but in a good-natured way. "If you wish to change history, write a novel instead." He understands the pressures that most writers are under and advises them to take that needed break by putting the project away for a while. He reminds us that there are no hard and fast deadlines; the key is to get started and that is where the fun begins.

Everyone will develop his or her own style in beginning this project. Lihosit likes butcher paper and colored crayons. He advises the writer to collect letters, memorabilia, photos, emails, and blogs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George on March 26, 2012
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Lihosit is an accomplished writer with a lot of respect and experience in the field. There is no one better book that serves as a launching pad for anyone wishing to turn their Peace Corps experience into a readable, and marketable, book. Brief, clear, and concise, this book will 'hold your hand' through the process if need be, but it also offers real-world advice on promoting a book in today's tough book-selling climate. This is the sort of book the 'How To...For Dummies' series aspires to be.
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