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How to Write a Memoir

Memoirs: No One Wants to Read Your Diary

Jennifer S. Wilkov | Posted 06.13.2015 | Books
Jennifer S. Wilkov

We all have a story to tell. Our lives are our stories. That's why the memoir category exists--because we love to read biographies and memoirs of those names we know and the people we want to learn more about.

10 Tips For Finding The Theme Of Your Memoir

Abigail Carter | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Abigail Carter

Imagine the line you draw as a river and the turns in the river occur whenever one of the scenes changes the narrator in some way (i.e. narrator gets married, has an epiphany, suffers a loss). When you're done, notice if there are any scenes missing.

Your Life Is A Book

Donna Highfill | Posted 01.24.2015 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I am beginning to realize that memoir doesn't mean a boring detailing of my life starting at birth. Memoir means telling the truth; memoir means sharing a part of your journey that changed you.

The First 3 Steps To Writing Your Life Story

Posted 06.30.2014 | OWN

These quick, one-time-only exercises can teach us about ourselves and what we want—and how we can tell our story. The bonus? You might just end up w...

Should You Write a Memoir or a Novel? 4 Key Questions

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Memoirs and novels both require skilled story telling. So how do you decide which form fits your story best? Consider these four key questions.

Writing a Memoir: Balancing Craft and Vulnerability on Your Journey to "The End"

Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Books
Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D.

I've often said jokingly to my students, "Writing a memoir is like taking your clothes off in public." True, but it doesn't go far enough. It's like taking your clothes off and reading your journal in public.

10 Secrets Of Successful Memoir Writers

Victoria Costello | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Victoria Costello

Unfortunately, many would-be memoirists stumble on the same writing hurdles: if only it wasn't so tough to begin, figure out a plot line, recreate conversations you had five months or five years ago, and keep it all interesting until arriving at "the end."

The First Lady's Guide to Writing a Bestselling Memoir

Margo Hammond and Ellen Heltzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Margo Hammond and Ellen Heltzel

Having stood by her good mate's side as he walked two bestsellers to the altar, Mrs. Obama is hip to the power of the pen, both in economic and political terms.