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In The Autobiographer's Handbook, you’re invited to a roundtable discussion with today’s most successful memoirists. Nick Hornby shows you how the banal can be brilliant, Elizabeth Gilbert reveals how to turn pain into prose, and Steve Almond has the answer to beating procrastination. Learn about memory triggers (Ishmael Beah: music) and warm-up exercises (Jonathan Ames: internet backgammon). These writers may not always agree (on research: Tobias Wolff, yes, Frank McCourt, no) but whether you’re a blossoming writer or a veteran wordsmith, this book will help anyone who has ever dreamed of putting their story on paper.
Featuring Steve Almond, Jonathan Ames, Ishmael Beah, Elizabeth Gilbert, Nick Hornby, A. J. Jacobs, Maxine Hong Kingston, Phillip Lopate, Frank McCourt, David Rakoff, Esmeraldo Santiago, Julia Scheeres, Art Spiegelman, Anthony Swofford, Sarah, Vowell, Sean Wilsey, Tobias Wolff, and others.
826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco dedicated to supporting students aged six to eighteen with their writing skills. The first center opened in 2002 and since then, more than 10,000 volunteers have donated their time, with 826 centers springing up in New York, L.A., Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Seattle; 826 Boston will open in the fall of 2007. All proceeds from this book will benefit the 826 centers.
Jennifer Traig, a longtime 826 tutor and workshop teacher, is the author of two memoirs—the forthcoming Well Enough Alone and Devil in the Details (2004). She