Writing Your Legacy– Autobiography and Memoir
Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet, singer-songwriter, historian, and book editor. In the past 15 years, Alice has taught thousands of aspiring song, fiction, poetry, and memoir writers of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents.
Buck Seventy-Two, A Destiny of Will, was born out of my attempt to write about my professional career and life. It started on the fifty-yard line of Giants Stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets of the NFL, where I served as Vice President. By this time, I had a very successful career and I wanted to share the journey and many of the fun (and not-so-fun) stories of my experiences over the years. As I wrote, I just didn’t feel right. The words were not flowing and a strange inner feeling loomed. I was nearly twenty pages in when it hit me. I stopped typing and looked around as if someone had tapped me on the shoulder and asked me a question.
Margaret A. Harrell is the author of the four-volume Keep This Quiet! memoir series (Saeculum University Press 2011–2018). The first volume, My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert, covers her life in Greenwich Village New York City while working at Random House. There, she was the copy editor, Assistant Editor for Hunter Thompson’s Hell’s Angels (Modern Library) and Richard Fariña’s Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (a Penguin Twentieth-century Classic), among other high-profile or award-winning books. She and Hunter became lifelong friends. Her most recent is a high-end coffee table collection of high-fidelity scans of Hunter Thompson’s letters to her in color, with narrative and interviews: The Hell’s Angels Letters: Hunter S. Thompson, Margaret Harrell and the Making of an American Classic (available only at Norfolk Press of San Francisco).