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Writing from Personal Experience: How to Turn Your Life Into Salable Prose

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A compassionate, entertaining and instructive guide for "telling your story".More than just a how-to reference, Kelton has weaved an inspiring, engaging read with invaluable instruction on how to turn personal experiences into salable prose.
-- nuts-and-bolts instruction
-- 39 sections organized into two parts: "Getting It Down" -- writing -- and "Getting It Out" -- submitti
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Hardcover, 211 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by Writer's Digest Books
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Linda
Jul 17, 2007 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a writing workshop with this author on this subject matter, and ironically, it was during the most difficult period of my life (unforeseen and unexpected loss of a loved one). I didn't plan it this way (I had signed up for the class long before the tragedy), but I decided to show up anyway -- it was absolutely an incredible experience for me. I was able to get a lot of emotion down on paper. The overall tone of this book is very conversational, which is perfect for the subject; you immedi ...more
Alexis
Read because I'm teaching a journalism/ creative non-fiction class to teens. There were some good exercises and ideas in this book, but a lot of them were applicable to beginning adult writers (not me) and a lot of the exercises would work a lot better for older people.

Still, it might be worthwhile for a beginning adult writer, and I did take some notes from it.
Jessica
Oct 31, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: about-writing
Another great reference book for first-time authors. It's full of tips for creative inspiration but mainly focusses on developing the art, craft and habits of writers. The author is an experience workshop giver and this book is a compliation of all she's learnt from dealing with students of the craft. I found some useful tips on character development.
Jaclyn
Aug 02, 2014 Jaclyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great advice and exercises for beginning writers or those just diving into personal essays. Even though I'm not just starting out, I still found a lot of good ideas and inspiration. A worthwhile read for anyone looking to get serious about personal essays.
Kellyanne Lynch
Mar 01, 2014 Kellyanne Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My aunt gave me this book. It's an inspirational read, and I've referred to it often.
Faith
May 24, 2009 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very helpful especially to a beginner writer. This book provides exercises and assignments and is very helpful to a writer's career.
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