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Write Your Own True Stories with Sue William Silverman, Author of Acetylene Torch Songs

Books That Make You Write Your Own True Stories

The art of the memoir is more than just listing your life experiences in chronological order. It involves taking a poignant slice of life and delivering a story that is less about you and more about your reader.

At times, writers—from the unpublished to jaded lifers—need a fire lit under them to pursue the complex work of self-exploration. Acetylene Torch Songs: Writing True Stories to Ignite the Soul provides that spark for memoirists and essayists seeking mentor-based instruction and inspiration.

Sue William Silverman is an award-winning author of eight works of nonfiction and poetry. Her previous book, How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences, won the gold star in Foreword Reviews Indie Book of the Year Award and the Clara Johnson Award for Women’s Literature.

Other works include Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction, which was adapted into a Lifetime TV movie; Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, which won the AWP Award; and The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew. She is faculty co-chair in the MFA writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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