We have moved to a new site!

This site will remain open only so you can copy anything you need, such as critques. Do so quickly because the old Forward Motion boards will soon disappear.

Are you ready for the new site? You must create a new login, but the chat login will remain the same as here for now. Click here to join us at the new

Forward Motion for Writers

See you there!

Site Search:
POST DISABLED Printer-friendly copy LOGIN
Lobby 2. Welcome The Reading Room Reading Challenges, 2011 topic #65
View in linear mode

Subject: "Homemade Biography, by Tom Zoellner" Previous topic | Next topic
Mesg #202 "Homemade Biography, by Tom Zoellner"
Author tianne     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
Author Info Member since Dec 15th 2006
1531 posts
Date Sun Feb-27-11 01:50 PM


In response to In response to 0

A noted nonfiction writer and journalist brings his experience to bear on the question of how to compile biographies or personal histories of your family members. He offers enormously practical, basic advice on the process of interviewing, the logistics, the psychology, the courtesies involved, with an impressive list of starter questions. He talks a little bit about other forms of research (at courthouses, for instance), and a fair amount about the process of converting what you've learned into a prose narrative. There's a lot of insistence on the value of undertaking a process like this, sometimes touching and heartfelt but at other times pretentious.

If you have any interest in undertaking a project which might require you to interview people or compile oral histories, this is a must-read, despite its limitations. And used copies are dirt-cheap.


Alert | IP Printer-friendly copy | Reply Disabled

Tianne's reading [View all] , tianne, Mon Jan-10-11 02:03 PM
  Jeff Davis's Own, by James R. Arnold, tianne, Jan 10th 2011, #1
Darkship Thieves, by Sarah Hoyt, tianne, Jan 10th 2011, #2
Cast in Chaos by Michelle Sagara, tianne, Jan 13th 2011, #3
Patriot Hearts, by Barbara Hambly, tianne, Feb 02nd 2011, #4
How to Do Biography by Nigel Hamilton, tianne, Feb 02nd 2011, #5
Works on Paper by Michael Holroyd, tianne, Feb 03rd 2011, #6
A Thinker's Damn, by William Russo, tianne, Feb 27th 2011, #7
Keep It Real, by Lee Gutkind, tianne, Feb 27th 2011, #8
Homemade Biography, by Tom Zoellner, tianne, Feb 27th 2011 #9
Maybe This Time, by Jennifer Crusie, tianne, Feb 27th 2011, #10
The Badge, by Jack Webb, tianne, Mar 05th 2011, #11
Mad Mary Lamb by Sarah Hitchcock, tianne, Mar 05th 2011, #12
The Ruby Dice, by Catherine Asaro, tianne, Mar 07th 2011, #13
Empire of the Summer Moon by SC Gwynne, tianne, Mar 18th 2011, #14
Target: Patton by Robert K. Wilcox, tianne, Apr 05th 2011, #15
Audie Murphy, American Soldier by Col. Harold Simpson, tianne, Apr 05th 2011, #16
The Cardinal's Blades, by Pierre Pavel, tianne, Apr 07th 2011, #17
Trigger Fast by J. T. Edson, tianne, Apr 15th 2011, #18
Arizona Gun Law by JT Edson, tianne, Apr 20th 2011, #19
Roughshod, by Norman Fox, tianne, Apr 25th 2011, #20
Stormqueen! By Marion Zimmer Bradley, tianne, Apr 25th 2011, #21
Hawkmistress, by Marion Zimmer Bradley, tianne, Apr 26th 2011, #22
Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, tianne, Apr 30th 2011, #23
Known and Unknown, by Donald Rumsfeld, tianne, Jun 15th 2011, #24
The Shirt on his Back, by Barbara Hambly, tianne, Jun 16th 2011, #25
Dead and Buried, by Barbara Hambly, tianne, Jul 05th 2011, #26
A Shadow in the City, by Charles Bowden, tianne, Jul 05th 2011, #27
A Desert Called Peace, by Tom Kratman, tianne, Aug 10th 2011, #28
Carnifex by Tom Kratman, tianne, Aug 16th 2011, #29
The Real Macaw, by Donna Andrews, tianne, Aug 25th 2011, #30
Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss, tianne, Sep 12th 2011, #31
Destry Rides Again by Max Brand, tianne, Sep 19th 2011, #32
Crunch Time, by Diane Mott Davidson, tianne, Oct 05th 2011, #33
Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steven Miller, tianne, Oct 10th 2011, #34
Amazon Legion, by Tom Kratman, tianne, Oct 10th 2011, #35
New Mexico's Buffalo Soldiers by Monroe Lee Billington, tianne, Oct 12th 2011, #36
Now Showing by Sue Gossett, tianne, Oct 13th 2011, #37
Eight of Swords, by John Dickson Carr, tianne, Oct 19th 2011, #38
Life and Films of Audie Murphy, by Larkins and Magers, tianne, Oct 24th 2011, #39
Nasser and the Missile Age in the Middle East by Owen S..., tianne, Oct 24th 2011, #40
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher, tianne, Nov 07th 2011, #41
Glenn Ford: A Life, by Peter Ford, tianne, Dec 11th 2011, #42
Exposing Sybil by Debbie Nathan, tianne, Dec 11th 2011, #43
RE: Exposing Sybil by Debbie Nathan, djredhawk, Dec 24th 2011, #45
Cotillion by Georgette Heyer, tianne, Dec 11th 2011, #44

Lobby 2. Welcome The Reading Room Reading Challenges, 2011 topic #65 Previous topic | Next topic
Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.2 for Forward Motion Writers' Community
Copyright 1997-2003 DCScripts.com