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By Michael Oke

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Writing Your Life Story
How to Record and Present Your Memories for Friends and Family to Enjoy
By Michael Oke
Isis Reminiscence Series
ISIS Large Print, Oxford: 2005
ISBN: 0-7531-5655-5
Genre: Nonfiction - Writing

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - November 10, 2005

Whether you want to write your life story for publication, or just as a memento for family and friends, Michael Oke's book, Writing Your Life Story will provide you with the guidance and support that you will need to start, and complete, this project. Not only will writing your life story give you the opportunity to chronicle your own history, but it also gives you an opportunity to relive your own past, and to present it in a style and method in which you want to be remembered!

Subtitled How to Record and Present Your Memories for Friends and Family to Enjoy, Writing Your Life Story guides you through the writing process from exploring the reasons that you want to write your life story through the options available by which you might get your manuscript published. In between, Oke covers such topics as developing the structure of your story, research, revisions, various writing techniques, and how to format your book.

Writing Your Life Story is not a professional writing book. Rather, it is a handy guide for amateur and hobbyist writers who want to primarily write for an audience of family and friends, such as a grandparent writing their life story for their grandchildren. To help you in your endeavor to write your life's story, and to follow the advice in this book, Oke has included numerous case studies that enhance the main text. At the end of each chapter you'll also find a handy checklist and several writing assignments that will help you to incorporate and use the information provided in the text.

Writing Your Life Story is an excellent guidebook that illustrates the importance of writing down your life story, and which offers sage advice on how to actually go about the process of writing your own memoir.

Writing Your Life Story can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of ISIS Large Print.

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