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Writing Format for a Biography

Updated April 17, 2017

Make a list of personal accomplishments you want to highlight in your bio. Include awards and volunteer work. Add life accomplishments, such as running a marathon or publishing a book. Begin the list with the first experiences in your profession and work your way to the present. The bio will be written with the same time-line structure, so use this list as a reference.

Arrange your bio format beginning with education, or your earliest experience. Think of the beginning as a narrative introduction into your professional life. Add a hook at the beginning. A hook is a piece of information that will grab the reader's attention. Professional biographies are written in the third person, so always refer to yourself by name. For example, "Mary graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's of fine arts in music theory," instead of "I graduated ... ."

Fill the body of your bio with information pertinent to the reader. If you are using the bio on a resume, add information that an employer will find interesting. Your work experience will be listed on other portions of the resume, so focus on specialties, such as awards you have received, special honors and promotions. If you were promoted to a management position while at a company, mention the name of the company and why you were promoted. Bios used to introduce your work to the public, or creative bios, allow you to discuss motivations for artwork or the inspiration for your business venture.

Create a conclusion to your bio. A conclusion is a short narrative about your current situation; focus on employment and upcoming projects. Be wary of adding too much emotional language about future prospects, such as personal plans for the future.

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Tips

  • Some professional bio formats deviate from the narrative and merely list accomplishments using a set of bullet points, although this is rare.
  • Bios are a piece of writing, so feel free to exercise humor and creativity.

About the Author

Tiffany Ross is a writer and actress who has been working in Chicago since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and is completing her Master of Science in Oriental medicine. Ross is a world traveler with experience working overseas.