How to Write a Student Autobiography

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When writing a student autobiography, make a list of important events, determine a theme that will be prevalent throughout the story, and concentrate on only the events revolving around that theme. Write an engaging autobiography that reveals some greater truth with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on education.

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Hi, I'm Laura from and I'm going to talk about how to write a student autobiography. If you're assigned to write an autobiography for a writing class, a writing assignment, begin by pre-writing. Make a list or map of all the details you want to include. Try and be critical. It's difficult sometimes when you're writing about your own life to see the forest from the trees, but think about things that will be interesting without including every detail. You obviously aren't going to want to write, you know, day by day account of your life. So, think about what events or experiences really stand out, what might reveal some greater truth or be part of a theme about your life in your autobiography. Next, begin to make an outline if you like to use an outline, or just organize a list of some of the things you might include and use that as you begin to write your first draft so you'll have an organization of the points you want to make about your life, or the things you want to include. When you have a first draft you can have someone read it, or have a writer's conference with someone, and get some feedback on what's working, or what questions readers might have about your autobiography. Then take that information and write a second draft and have another conference until you get to a final draft of your student autobiography. And those are some ideas about how to write a student autobiography.


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