William Knowlton Zinsser





William Knowlton Zinsser

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October 07, 1922

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William Knowlton Zinsser (born October 7, 1922) is a writer, editor, and teacher. He began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, where he worked as a feature writer, drama editor, film critic, and editorial writer, and has been a longtime contributor to leading magazines.

In his books, Zinsser emphasizes word economy. Author James J. Kilpatrick, in his book The Writer's Art says that if he were limited to just one book on how to write, it would be William Zinsser's On Writing Well. Adds Kilpatrick, "Zinsser's sound theory is that 'writing improves in direct ratio to the number of things we can keep out of it.'"

Throughout the 1970s, Zinsser taught writing at Yale University where he was master of Branford College. He ser...more


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How to Write a Memoir
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“Write about small, self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you remember them, it's because they contain a larger truth that your readers will recognize in their own lives. Think small and you'll wind up finding the big themes in your family saga. ”
William Knowlton Zinsser

“Decide what you want to do. Then decide to do it. Then do it.”
William Knowlton Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

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