Your Life as Story: Discovering the

Your Life as Story: Discovering the "New Autobiography" and Writing Memoir as Literature Tristine Rainer
  • Title: Your Life as Story: Discovering the "New Autobiography" and Writing Memoir as Literature
  • Author: Tristine Rainer
  • ISBN: 9780874779226
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Your Life as Story: Discovering the "New Autobiography" and Writing Memoir as Literature Tristine Rainer Your Life as Story Discovering the New Autobiography and Writing Memoir as Literature In Your Life As Story autobiography expert Tristine Rainer explains how we can all find the important messages in our lives Like Mary Karr or Frank McCourt we can shape those stories into dramatic n
    In Your Life As Story, autobiography expert Tristine Rainer explains how we can all find the important messages in our lives Like Mary Karr or Frank McCourt, we can shape those stories into dramatic narratives that are compelling to others Blending literary scholarship with practical coaching, Rainer shares her remarkable techniques for finding the essentials of story stIn Your Life As Story, autobiography expert Tristine Rainer explains how we can all find the important messages in our lives Like Mary Karr or Frank McCourt, we can shape those stories into dramatic narratives that are compelling to others Blending literary scholarship with practical coaching, Rainer shares her remarkable techniques for finding the essentials of story structure within your life s scattered experiences Most important, she explains how to treasure the struggles in your past and discover the meaning within those experiences to capture the unique myth at work in your life.
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      Tristine Rainer

    About Tristine Rainer


    1. Tristine Rainer, Ph.D, is a pioneer in the fields of contemporary journal writing and narrative autobiography Her book The New Diary, how to use a journal for self guidance and expanded creativity has sold over 200,000 copies and has been used as a text in university Psychology and Occupational Therapy courses, although her degree was in English Lit After a quarter of a century in print The New Diary will see a new, revised edition in 2004 Her book Your Life as Story, Writing the New Autobiography, published in 1997 hit the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and is presently being used as a text in many college writing programs.Rainer is the founder and director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies, a non profit educational organization that encourages the creation and preservation of autobiographic works A founder of UCLA s Women s Studies Program, Rainer was also a grad student there She taught personal writing for 25 years through the English Departments at UCLA and at Indiana University, with her friend and mentor Ana s Nin for International College, through the UCLA Extension Writers program, and privately as a writer s coach to a diverse array of clients, many of whom have successfully published autobiographic books with her assistance She is currently an adjunct professor within the Masters of Professional Writing Program at USC usc dept LAS mpwIn a whole separate life, Rainer wrote and produced four award winning network movies for television based on true life stories It was this experience of shaping stories in the trenches, she says, that gave her the key to how teach anyone to transform their own life experience into a compelling story.Copyright 2005 Center for Autobiographic Studies


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    1. If you re writing a Memoir, Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer is for you If you re writing fiction, this book has much to offer If you want to examine a part of your life, or to understand something you ve experienced, even if you are not a writer, use this book as a guide and try your hand at writing You may well surprise yourself

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    2. It is a bit rare these days that I rate a book as amazing This one is for me I began reading this book because I m writing my master s thesis on spiritual memoirs and I figured that reading a book about how to write memoir as literature would be a good idea since it might give me a jump start on analysis In the back of my mind I ve long had the idea to write a memoir about my dearest brother who was like a father to me Well, this will be my guidebook when that time comes Rainer s lifelong intere [...]

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    3. Last week, I was scouring the library for resource books on Memoir I didn t come up with much beyond the handful I d already dug through, but later the same night, while re shelving my own books in our new office, I tripped over Your Life As Story.It s one of the books I bought while researching my thesis on Therapeutic Writing a decade ago and the spine is familiar as any other on my shelf, but I haven t cracked it since September of 2002 I picked up the book, flipped through it and laughed If [...]

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    4. I have always been skeptical of instructional writing manuals, with the notable exception Stunk and White s definitive work, The Elements of Style Writing is not a mechanical act, and literature resists most nuts and bolts descriptions Until now Your Life as Story is proving to be an exhaustive exploration of the evolution of contemporary memoir Tristine Rainer dissects the defining narrative elements of a wide range of enduring literary achievements with the clarity of a archeologist wielding t [...]

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    5. This is one of the best single books available on how to write a memoir It really focuses on the need to find the story in the events, and shape the narrative The explanation of the elements of story is the clearest thing I have ever read on that topic The writing is engaging, and she gives great examples.

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    6. Everybody has a story to tell and through that we come to know what our life means From the beginning the author favors the description of the new autobiography, here fiction and reality inter mingle and we proceed to read our life as if it were a dream imaginatively reshaped The mystery and complexity of literature are interwoven in the writing of our life as New Autobiography We don t have to look too far in the past, but what are our modern myths Starting with chapter 3, the author encourages [...]

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    7. A great writing book, no matter if you are writing fiction or non fiction Though the book is geared towards people writing memoir, the section on how to slice your life for memoir writing gave me real insight into the narrative arc for fiction, and that the choice of what time period in your character s life that your novel will cover is not arbitrary it is related to the theme Rainer is a generous, grounded writer, and offers many true life examples A very helpful book.

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    8. Essential reading for the memoir or autobiography writer, and useful for novelists, too The first chapter or two is dry, and I was worried the book would be too academic, but it turned out perfectly practical I ve never read such a great explanation of good story structure the acts Plus, there s great advice on waking up your memories and powers of observation, writing what you dare not say, theme, jumping through time, ethical and legal concerns, and .

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    9. Excellent book A good read with easy to understand concepts about writing autobiography and memoir The approachable style and frankness with which the material is presented makes you feel as if you re right there in the author s Literature class.Recommended reading for any aspiring author of memoir.

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    10. Excellent reference book for people whose intention it is to write a memoir or autobiography Lots of good examples from other works I was happy to recognize and relate to many of the writers to which Ms Rainer refers.No even sure if I finished it all, but I jump here and there to parts that interest me Eventually, I m sure it will be the entire book.Worthwhile investment

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    11. Just getting started and enjoying it Rainer is talking about the concepts Don Miller has synthesized and popularized in his Storyline book and conference She delves deeper, particularly bringing into focus the cognitive and psychological research findings that support that seeing our life in the context of story structure and writing about it has the power to bring healing at many levelsI ll share when I m done.

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    12. I found this book very helpful in making sense of the crazy path that is writing a memoir She talks about the shape of a story and gives many techniques for findin the story within the facts and anecdotes of your life One of my favorite craft books

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    13. I used this book to write a memoir and it was extremely helpful I highly recommend it for anyone writing an autobiography or memoir

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    14. I was afraid it would be cheesy or new age y, but I m actually finding it very helpful She has a talent for putting things that I know subconsciously into a very concrete, usable expression.

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    15. If only I could I d give this book six stars, I would It is packed with good advice on writing memoir I ll be keeping this in my reference library for years to come.

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    16. I m learning from this book how to tell stories in a compelling way Everyone who wants to write their life s stories and that should be everyone should read this.

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    17. Full of suggestions I will use it often as a reference book.

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    18. excellent book on writing any kind, but focus on memoir I m going to read it again, and this time I ll do the exercises

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    19. EXCELLENT This book provided the tools I needed to write my memoir I highly recommend it to anyone who has questions about how to go about the process.

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    20. Despite the title she does have a thing for the word New and she wants to drive it home this was a good book I do cringe every time I see the word new capitalized in the text It makes me almost jump every time I see it Oh, there it is again Goodness.But seriously, if you plan to write an autobiography whether old or new or heck, even ancient, archaic, current, or contemporary you ll get some good tips here I think her book on Modern Diary writing was her best, though Oh, okay, The New Diary.

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    21. An excellent companion when striving to making meaning of life by writing narrative nonfiction.

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    22. Meh I read this book for a class While it did occasionally have some good tips, it was kind of a rambling book Tristine Rainer seemed to feel the need to constantly explain herself to the reader, or apologize to the reader, which got annoying pretty quickly It also felt like she believes her book has a lot influence than it does saying things like It s my job to give you your voice is pretty grating for any writer to read I have my voice, thank you I don t need or want your assistance That s no [...]

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    23. I love Rainer s The New Diary, and when I started getting the itch to work on my autobiography, I decided to look around for books that talked about how to do one I found this book and have devoured it Her approach is friendly and scholarly at the same time She takes you through the history of the form through to how to write your own without boring the hell out of the reader no mean feat.Highly recommended.

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    24. I m only a few chapters in on this book but so far it s excellent I just finished an exercise that had me take a momentous event in my life and turn it into a short fairytale The compressed format forced me to be short on description and strong on plot points I m looking forward to reading .

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    25. When my first copy of this book got ruined, I bought another Rainer s ideas are different from mine in some ways, but I like the way she writes and she did make me think about other pathways that I could choose This is a book well worth reading.

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    26. This book sounded good, but after reading about half of it, I wasn t feeling inspired I may turn back to this to read some of the later chapters, but I already know what I want to write, and pretty much how I want to write it.

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    27. Comprehensive and encouraging When I tried the activities, I got good results.

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    28. I really wanted a book on how to write someone else s biography, but this was the closest I could find at the time Great instructions so far I feel like I m adding to my skill set.

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    29. Great exercises and advice for crafting a memorable memoir.

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    30. This is a helpful book for anyone who wants to kick their life story up a notch Even if not aiming for publication, it gives tips and ideas on how tomake your book readable.

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