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Peace Corps Experience: Write and Publish Your Memoir Paperback – March 7, 2012
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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.
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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!
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.Read more ›
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Peace Corps Experience: Write and Publish Your Memoir
Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975-77)
!Universe, $23. Read more
And, I didn't serve in the Peace Corps.
Lihosit's crisp, comprehensive guide will be useful to anyone who decides to write a memoir. Read more
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... Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by George