Sue William Silverman's Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir further dignifies the act of writing essays and entire books about oneself in a thorough and thoughtful analysis. Fearlessly writing memoir allows us to understand our own life narratives, she writes, "as well as to learn from those 'others’. Her third nonfiction book, Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir is a hybrid how-too guide for other would-be writers of creative nonfiction and a memoir of penning her memoirs. Silverman defines creative nonfiction as a genre that has come into being with the advent of the memoir and the personal essay.
Sue Silverman not only guides the reader through the thorny issues of telling the "truth" in memoir, but she also provides real, practical guidelines for writing better prose, as well as innovative ways to market your work. The result is an inspiring, funny, and incredibly insightful book. I particularly loved her writing exercises and the example essays that she chose to illustrate her various points. Her craft book is Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir and her poetry collection is Hieroglyphics in Neon (Orchises Press). As a professional speaker she has appeared on "The View," "Anderson Cooper-360," "CNN-Headline News," the Montel Williams Show, and the Discovery Channel. She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Her third nonfiction book, Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir is a hybrid how-too guide for other would-be writers of creative nonfiction and a memoir of penning her memoirs. These works are not grounded in linear chronology and factual documentation the way a straightforward biography would be.
Her prose is as enjoyable as it is instructive. This should be an essential textbook of any creative writing course. She gives examples of memoir pieces and analyzes each one, showing how they work, why they're powerful, and even why some fail to impress. 15 Minutes Magazine).
by - Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper-or in a Web site or e-book.
Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper-or in a Web site or e-book. Enhanced with illustrative examples from many different writers as well as writing exercises, this guide helps writers navigate a range of issues from craft to ethics to marketing and will be useful to both beginners and more accomplished writers. The rise of interest in memoir recognizes the power of the genre to move and affect not just individual readers but society at large. Sue William Silverman covers traditional writing topics.
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