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Writing Your Life: An Easy-to-Follow Guide to Writing an Autobiography 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1877673078
ISBN-10: 1877673072
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A comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide for assisting anyone on the path to completing a first-class autobiography.

--Elderview

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Senior-education teacher Mary Borg...provides lively questions on family, career, and friendships, designed to tease out memories.

--New Choices Magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press; 3rd edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877673072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877673078
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the past several months, I have been teaching a class based on this book at our local senior center. Even though I am young (my oldest student is 60 years older than I am) and not experienced in gerontology, this book helps me teach this class with ease. My students and I are astonished by activities like "Floor Plan" that enable students to remember things they have not thought about in 50 years. The appendix, which lists cultural history and historical events by decade, also really jogs their memories. The writing prompts throughout the book help my students to write wonderful stories. Their stories are not only interesting but well-written with the help of the writing tips that Borg gives. The best part of all is that these student writers are impressed with their own work and excited to share it with their families. I can't say enough about this book, but I think one of my students said it best. She told me, "Writing my life stories has changed my life. It has made me a better person and has improved my relationships with my daughters."
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Teacher and writer Mary Borg has done a great service to anyone who wants to write about their life. Neatly condensed into a simple, easy to maneuver `work book'; this "Guide To Writing an Autobiography" is a real find. I've always `thought' about writing about my own experiences, but never had a good way to put my thoughts down on paper. This guide covers everything you will need to write about your life experiences. Besides the basics of giving great practical tips, there are questions, simple advice and reading suggestions to help you remember and consolidate your memories. There are also reading references for topics including family, ancestors, team lines, romance, love, family life, like and dislikes, turning points and the list goes on. In fewer than 160 pages, the author has managed to cover just about any category of life experiences that one could imagine (or live). It also includes a great section on how to actually put it all together and get your book made. It is truly an encouraging and well organized guide and a must read for anyone who even entertains the idea of writing about ones experiences.
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Genealogy is only a very small part of your story. To have the whole story you must write your life. Didn't think I had anything to write but Mary Borg's book evokes so much memory jogging and motivation that before I knew it I had a very healthy start on my book and hadn't even realized it. Think you don't have anything to write about? Just think about the things you saw and did as a child that are now history and not an every day vision or activity to your grandchildren and great grandchildren. These are the kinds of motivating exercises contained in "Writing Your Life" that will assist you in your quest to answer the kind of questions about your own life that you wish you had asked your grandmother or mother. Can't recommend it enough.
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What a great book! I never thought my life was worth writing about; it was too normal. The real writing examples in the book showed me that everyone's life is special and that each of us has individual stories. I thought about the loss of my grandparents' and parents' stories as they pass away and wanted to leave something for my grandchildren. The writing suggestions are creative and memory provoking through all the phases of life. The book is a pleasure to use.
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This book is so easy to use and interesting. I love the sample writing from real people! I gave the book to my mother and got her started writing. The results were so meaningful. She loved both the book and her family's response to her writing. What a great way to get families to communicate!
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At last! I have a terrific guide to jog my 64-year-old memory bank. What a great time I'm having, weaving past experiences into a form that has brought laughter, closure, and healing. As Borg states, there are many reasons to write one's life story. Mine is not for my family, with whom I have no contact. It's for future Women's Studies students, who will be receiving scholarships from my estate left to the University of Minnesota. After I'm gone, they may want to know more about the woman who left them this gift. My recommendation is to get the book, if for no other reason than to read the sections at the end of each chapter titled,"In the Words of Real People." You'll be moved by the reflections of Borg's students. You may even be inspired to begin writing you own life story.
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Lucid and inclusive, Writing Your Life: An Easy-to-Follow Guide to Writing an Autobiography, help me to navigate my way through most difficult moments to recall. To get the right answers one must ask the right questions, and that is what this book is all about. Everyone no matter how insignificant should write an autobiography because that is the way to be remembered without being president or a movie star or whatever makes someone to be famous. You may not be a professional writer, but so what? Give it a try, do it for your amusement. You may find it more of a learning experience than a simple writing. Love the book and enjoyed at the same time.
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