Writing Life Stories: How to Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays, and Life Into Literature

Bill Roorbach and Kristen Keckler
Published in 2008
by Writer’s Digest Books

In this updated, tenth anniversary edition of Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach and Kristen Keckler offer techniques and advice for writing creative nonfiction and how to begin writing about your life experiences. The book includes prompts, such as drawing maps of remembered neighborhoods and reflecting on old photographs, as well as considerations of the ethics of creative nonfiction, trends in the memoir genre, and practical guidance on background research, character development, and shaping compelling scenes.