• The Barking Cat
    I began working on the material for my memoir, A Door in the Ocean, many years ago, way back in the year 2000. I was deep into the stories that would one day turn into my first fiction collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow, and back then I believed I was a dyed-in-the-wool fiction writer. I...
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  • The Imaginative Mind
    Inventive Mind While all memoirs are originally based off of past memories, I am agreeing with Patricia Hampl on the belief that imagination always manages to converge with the initial memories. In Hampl’s essay, “Memory and Imagination”, the topic being discussed is based off of memoirs and whether the recollections...
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  • Elements of Nonfiction Notes
    of nonfiction include: autobiographies, biographies, letters, essays, diaries, journals, memoirs, and speeches. Types of Nonfiction 1.   essay- a short work that offers a writer’s opinion on a particular subject. The purpose of an essay may be to express ideas and feelings, to analyze, to inform,...
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  • Non Fiction
    hope these tips about what creative non-fiction is, as well as some pointers on a few genres that are considered creative non-fiction (memoir and the personal essay) can help you. We have also included some links to some well-known examples of creative non-fiction to give you a sense of what is out there...
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  • Aria
    Reflection on “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood” In “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood” Richard Rodriguez describes his experience of growing up as an immigrant from Mexico. Rodriguez throughout the essay shows support against bilingual education and encourages immigrants to adapt to the...
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  • Ishmael Beah
    Assignment # 1: A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah The story of Ishmael Beah, a survivor of civil war in Sierra Leone, is brutal, challenging, and educational. Although the book presents mature and realistic details about war, the images are by no means gratuitous. Beah wants...
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  • Ap Pa[Er
    Rodriguez - memoir, available in bookstores (new or used) or from amazon.com I prefer that you buy your own copy of the book mentioned above, as you will probably need to annotate it heavily. Regarding annotating techniques, please see page 6 in this packet. • Read the attached essays ( “The Myth...
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  • Just KIds by Patti Smith Test Questions
    Assignment F Patti Smith calls the book, Just Kids, a memoir rather than an autobiography. Her book is almost poetic in nature and written in a beautiful and engaging way. From the first pages, the reader is drawn to her words and imagery. In describing one of her first memories, that of a swan...
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  • Change over Time
    IIL Personal Memoir Due: _____________________________________________ Description: A personal memoir such as “What a Long, Strange Dip it has been” or “Eleven”, develop an event in the writer’s life and attempt to make a personal connection to the reader. Examples of Memoirs: 1. An embarrassing...
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  • relfection
    hesitant about writing essays. I was too scared to even express my own way of writing. I was never good at writing stories because I loved to get straight to the point. But when I got the hang of actually being descriptive I got used to it and I would use a lot of detail in the two essays we’ve already turned...
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  • Suki Kim's Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl's Habits
    Charmaine Small English 111 September 17, 2012 Summary Response essay Facing Poverty with a Rich Girls Habits I always thought about what would wealthy people feel if they were in poor people’s shoes. To see how middle class people struggle with money instead of assuming everything is easy. I...
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  • Anne Moody 3
    Reading Anne Moody’s memoir gave a different outlook on life during the late 20th century. The first essay written by John Patrick Diggins entitled A Decade to Make One Pound portrays the 20th century how I learned it in school. Most of the times when talking about this time period, people tend to...
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  • Living Life
    Tensen, Research Strategies for a Digital Age, 4th ed. Course Description: This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated, and well- focused. Research techniques are introduced...
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  • English
    Brogno/156 Essay #1: Memoir Writing a memoir is not like writing a diary or journal entry because we are not just writing to ourselves, without a care in the world who will read it. Writing a memoir has the purpose of sharing an experience to allow your audience to understand yourself better and...
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  • Personal Essay
    connection with the story. Memoir is real, memoir is true, and memoir can range from any end of the ocean in structure and theme. I think there are many reasons why I like first person narratives. For one, most of the noteworthy personal essays are written by famous personal essay authors. I think reading...
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  • A Life in Words
    To be honest, I hadn’t heard the name before, Ismat Chughtai, though it sounded vaguely familiar. So I gladly picked up her “memoirs”—no, I wouldn’t define the book as an autobiography—more so because it is the work of an Indian woman, trying to create an identity for herself in a time when it not only...
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  • Origin of a Memoir
    Origins of a Memoir/ Autobiography I’ve read a lot of memoirs, autobiographies, personal essays, collected letters, and autobiographical novels in my life, but this is the first time I’ve studied the memoir/ autobiographical form as a genre. An interesting fact I learned right away was that the word...
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  • Reading Is the Path to Success
    READING GUIDE: MEMORY AND MEMOIR Introduction 1. Before you begin each assigned essay, read about the author’s life (biography). In particular, note literary biography. On our Learning Web, I have a website link for each author we study. 2. Note the titles. What expectations do the titles...
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  • Making history
    The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture is a collection of essays that all revolve the central theme of the “geography of Civil War memory.” As editors Alice Fahs and Joan Waugh explain in their introduction, that geography incorporated both “physical and symbolic spaces” (2). The memory of...
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  • sandy sand
    issues of racism and white privilege and his perceived solutions to them.With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm:...
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