Life Writing Is . . .
Wikipedia gives a concise and comprehensive definition of life writing: "Life writing is a fluid term used to describe the recording of selves, memories and experiences, whether one's own or another's. It is a term deliberately designed to describe many genres and practices, under which can be found autobiography, biography, memoir, diaries, letters, testimonies, autoethnography, personal essays and, more recently, digital forms such as blogs and email." In short, it's anything you write about your life.
Browse the links on this site to find a wealth of helpful material and other life writing resources.
Heart — or Craft . . .
The name "Heart and Craft" acknowledges two intertwining life writing components. HEART signifies that the best, truest, and most touching stories are poured onto the page from the depths of the writer’s heart. Some writers need help unlocking the contents of their hearts and learning how to spill those stories out. Life Writing Tips of the Day, books, articles and free resources on this site can help you get started.
The heart often spills words into formless puddles. The CRAFT component includes skills for shaping and polishing those diamonds to make your stories shine and sparkle with life. You’ll find resources and links on this site to help hone your polishing skills.