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  • Published: 1 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9780399174872
  • Imprint: Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $37.00

Having the Last Say: Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story



Having the Last Say takes life review out of the realm of memoir writing and journaling—making the rich and timeless tradition of authentic storytelling accessible to those who have never considered themselves 'writers.'

As the baby-boomer generation ages, its members are looking ahead to the biggest challenge of all: making sense of life in its third act. Having the Last Say takes life review out of the realm of memoir writing and journaling—making the rich and timeless tradition of authentic storytelling accessible to those who have never considered themselves 'writers.' In creating 'legacies' in the form of short personal narratives, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the people and events that have shaped your life and your values, and to share these stories with those who matter most. Gelb's reassuring and straightforward advice will help you every step of the way, from identifying an engaging topic to employing creative writing techniques in order to construct a compelling story.

'Having the Last Say makes you want to pick up a pen and write—even if you're certain that you're not a writer. Alan Gelb gives you a reason to try, and the conviction that you can. Perhaps you want to convey a deeply held value, describe a passion, reveal a bit of family history that shaped you. Follow Gelb's clear instructions about how to craft a short piece, and voilà, you'll find that you've expressed something heartfelt and filled with meaning.'  Janna Malamud Smith, author of An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery

'With humor, compassion, and an expert's understanding of the difficulties inherent in putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys), writing coach Alan Gelb offers a step-by-step guide to all of us who yearn to examine our lives, validate our unique individuality, and create a valuable and touching slice of family history to bequeath to our offspring.' Katherine Ketcham, coauthor of Experiencing Spirituality and The Spirituality of Imperfection

  • Published: 1 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9780399174872
  • Imprint: Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Alan Gelb

ALAN GELB is a college essay coach and professional writer whose clients include colleges and universities across the country. He is the author of The Complete Student, A Survival Guide for Professionals, Most Likely to Succeed, and more. Alan lives with his family in East Chatham, New York.

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