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Autobiography - Harvard Book Award Can someone provide me some info about how to write...

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sipy | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 4, 2012 at 3:39 PM via web

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Autobiography - Harvard Book Award

Can someone provide me some info about how to write AN autobiolography ??


I will like to attend the Harvard Book Award this year however I don't know how to write a good autobiology.


Please provide me with some ideas and samples thANKS !

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM (Answer #2)

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I think the key to a successful autobiography is to focus on significant, life-changing events and provide enough background for these events that the reader ends up with a general picture of most of your life. It's not just facts and events. Emotions and reactions looking back are just as important.
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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM (Answer #3)

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Here are two useful links to eNotes sources:



Most autobiographies are structured chronologically, with an emphasis on key events in a person's life. Or they can trace the development of a person's most important thoughts or the evolution of the person's character.  Since your autobiography probably can't be very long (in other words, since it is probably an autobiographical essay rather than a book), you will have to choose which aspects of your life you consider most important and focus on those.

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