How to Write a Biography
At some point in their academic careers, all students will be required to write a biography. In this guide, learn how to write a biography with tips for every phase of the process, from planning to research and writing. And because a biography is only as good as the author’s research, find links below to the best sources of biographical information on the Web, including interviews and obituaries.
Tips for Writing a Biography
Get advice on how to write a biography from those who have done it before. The following resources range from brief lists to comprehensives tutorials on biography writing.
Top Sites for Biography Tips
Time for Kids provides young students with a simple bulleted list of ideas to consider when writing biographies.
Kathleen Krull offers advice on biography writing based on her experience as a children’s book author. Here she gives her top 10 tips for writing a biography.
The Guardian provides a detailed tutorial on biography writing compiled by British journalist Midge Gilles. The information is geared toward an advanced, ambitious audience, but many of the lessons are broadly applicable, and apply to all aspects of the writing process.
Researching for a Biography
Encyclopedias, newsmagazines and history Web sites are good places to begin your research. Many ... read more »
Interviews have the potential to offer writers an intimate window into a person’s world, and ... read more »
Obituaries are a useful source of biographical information for deceased persons. Found in all major ... read more »