Life Writing offers the novice writer engaging and creative activities, making use of insightful, relevant readings from well-known authors to illustrate the techniques presented. This volume makes use of new versions of key chapters from the recent Routledge/Open University textbook, Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings for writers who are specializing in life writing.  Using their experience and expertise as teachers as well as authors, Derek Neale and Sara Haslam guide aspiring writers through such key writing skills as: writing what you know, investigating biography and autobiography, using prefaces, finding a form, using memory, developing characters, using novelistic, poetic and dramatic techniques. The volume is further updated to include never-before published interviews and conversations with successful life writers such as Jenny Diski, Robert Fraser, Richard Holmes, Michael Holroyd, Jackie Kay, Hanif Kureishi and Blake Morrison. Concise and practical, Life Writing offers an inspirational guide to the methods and techniques of authorship and is a must-read for aspiring writers.

chapter |3 pages


chapter 1|15 pages

Writing what you know

chapter 2|9 pages

Writing what you come to know

chapter 3|11 pages

Why write?

chapter 4|17 pages

A preface

chapter 5|30 pages

Finding a form; writing a narrative

chapter 6|17 pages

Life writers in conversation

chapter 7|23 pages

Using memory

chapter 8|30 pages

Versions of a life

chapter 9|20 pages

Life characters