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Personal Writing (memoir, personal essay narrative)

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Personal Writing

The Best American Essays

Atwan, Robert

Christmas is a Season! 2008: An Anthology

Ed. Parker, Linda Busby

Don’t You Remember: A Memoir

Lyon, George Ella

Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir

Baker, Russell, Annie Dillard, Alred Kazin, Toni Morrison, & Lewis Thomas

Discovering the Writer Within

Ballenger, Bruce and Barry Lane

Writing about People . . . and Yourself

Berberich, Joan D. 

Writing a Life:  Teaching Memoir

Bomer, Katherine

Home and Other Places

Britton, Sherri, et al. eds.

Small Moments: Personal Narrative Writing

Calkins, Lucy, and Leah Mermelstein

Writing:  The Personal Voice

Cohn, Jill W.

Diary of a Worm

Cronin, Doreen

Writing Your Heritage

Dixon, Deborah

Sentimental Attachments: Essays, Creative Nonfiction, and Other Experiments in Composition

Eldred, Janet Carey

A Writer's Notebook

Fletcher, Ralph

The Spiritual Side of Writing

Foehr, Regina Paxton, & Susan A. Schiller

When I Whisper, Nobody Listens: Helping Young People Write About Difficult Issues

Frost, Helen

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Goldberg, Natalie

The Personal Narrative: Writing Ourselves as Teachers and Scholars

Haroian-Guerin, Gil, ed.

The Elements of Autobiography and Life Narratives

Hobbs, C. 

Composing Childhood Experience

Klaus, Carl H.

Turning Memories into Memoirs

Ledoux, Denis

A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction

Lyon, Elizabeth

Autobiography:  A Reader for Writers (2nd ed.)

Lyons, Robert

The School Essay Manifesto

Newkirk, Thomas

Composition for Personal Growth:  Values Clarification through Writing

Simon, Sidney

Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, and Poem

Murray, Donald 

Personal Fiction Writing

 Willis, Meredith Sue

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