William Zinsser


Born
in The United States
October 07, 1922

Died
May 12, 2015

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William Knowlton Zinsser is an American writer, editor, literary critic, 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. He has been a longtime contributor to leading magazines.

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The Writer Who Stayed

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American Places: A Writer's...

3.94 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1992 — 5 editions
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How to Write a Memoir

4.05 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1999
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More books by William Zinsser…
“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 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

“Writing is an act of ego, and you might as well admit it.”
William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide To Writing Nonfiction

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