Toward the end of this brief but sharp piece about writing memoir, author and instructor Jessica Handler drops this gem:
"To me, writing a life story means genuinely depicting how someone has shaped his or her life with the broken pieces as well as the whole."
For those of us trying to make sense of our own broken pieces -- and who isn't? -- I can't think of anything more useful than Handler's course "More Than Me in Memoir," starting soon at DWS. There are just few spaces left, so sign up now!