Autobiographical Writing: A Select Bibliography

Aftel, Mandy. The Story of Your Life: Becoming the Author of Your Experience. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Albert, Susan Wittig. Writing from Life: Telling Your Soul’s Story: A Journal of Self-Discovery for Women. New York: Putnam, 1996.

Atkinson, Robert. The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories, and Personal Mythmaking. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 1995.

Barry, Joan. Writing Your Story: A Journey of Self Discovery. Fair Oaks, CA: Barry Publishing, 2003.

Birren, James E., and Linda Feldman. Where to Go from Here: Discovering Your Own Life’s Wisdom in the Second Half of Your Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Borg, Mary. Writing Your Life. 3rd ed. Fort Collins, CO: Cottonwood Press, 1998.

Conway, Jill Ker. When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography. New York: Knopf, 1998.

Feinstein, David, and Stanley Krippner. The Mythic Path: Discovering the Guiding Stories of Your Past—Creating a Vision for Your Future. 3rd ed. Ashland, OR: Energy Psychology Press/Elite Books, 2006. 

Goldberg, Natalie. Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. New York: Free Press, 2007.

Keen, Sam, and Anne Valley-Fox. Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life through Writing and Storytelling. New York: Penguin, 1989.

Lauber, Lynn. Listen to Me: Writing Life into Meaning. New York: Norton, 2004.

McAdams, Dan P. The Stories We Live By: Personal Myths and the Making of the Self. New York; Guilford, 1993.

Myers, Linda Joy. Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story. San Diego: Silver Threads, 2003.

Pennebaker, James W. Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2004.

Rainer, Tristine. Your Life as Story: Discovering the “New Autobiography” and Writing Memoir as Literature. New York: Putnam, 1997.

Taylor, Daniel. Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories. St. Paul: Bog Walk Press, 2001.

Zinsser, William, ed. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987.

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