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Memoir Writing

The Therapeutic Value in the Process of Writing a Memoir

Tara Lal | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tara Lal

Now that everything that was inside is out. I'm complete. I took myself around the journey of my life and I came back to where I am with a fuller deeper understanding of life and myself, the reasons why I am the way I am that I could not have had had I not taken the time to write my life story.

Five Tips From Mary Karr and Me About Writing Memoir

Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D. | Posted 09.29.2015 | Fifty
Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D.

Last week Mary Karr presented her new book The Art of Memoir to an audience in Berkeley, California. Brooke Warner, my co-teaching colleague, interviewed Mary in the intimate hall of the Hillside Club, a historical building with a wooden floor and small stage.

Changing Lives Across the Country, One Page at a Time

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

As readers finish my book, there are times when it is has been almost impossible to keep up with the onslaught of emails I am receiving from them. Each writes to me with a personal story of how my story could be theirs.

Finishing Your Memoir This Summer One Scene at a Time

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
Lisa Dale Norton

Everyone is writing a book, but only a few will finish their books, and only a select number will finish their memoir this summer. How will they do it?

5 Signs You Should Invest in a Memoir Coach

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

Writing a memoir can be very challenging. Besides all that goes with the writing process of getting your story down on paper, there are also challenges such as where to start your story, how to tell your story in an engaging way, and which writing techniques to use so you can express yourself effectively.

Writing a Memoir That Moves People to Take Action

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

As memoir authors, it is our hope then when we publish our books, the words are moving, and connect deeply with our readers

Having the Courage to Live a Truly Audacious Life

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
M. Shannon Hernandez

I often pinch myself to make sure my audacious life is really true. I make decisions rooted in love and compassion, and I live every single day with purpose and zeal. Above all, I remain grateful and count my blessings each night.

All Recipes Have a Secret Ingredient

Nancy Sommers | Posted 05.26.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Sommers

Though her memory doesn't cooperate any longer, I persist. "Mom -- do I use walnuts or almonds, red delicious or honey crisp apples? Should I use red wine or white?" It is Passover; time to make haroset, a sweet mixture of apples, nuts, and spices to recognize the hardships of slavery and the sweetness of freedom.

Entrepreneurs Are Authors, Too

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.29.2015 | Small Business
M. Shannon Hernandez

The possibilities are endless when thinking about writing a book for your business. A book is a great way to extend your platform, showcase your expertise, build connections with other influencers in your field, and create an additional revenue source in your business!

Your Book Is Your New Business Card

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
M. Shannon Hernandez

Writing a book is a powerful marketing tool for you as a business owner. And, unlike serial authors, who write book after book after book, most entrepreneurs are NOT publishing books in hopes of becoming a best-selling author.

3 Lessons I Didn't Know Before Writing My Memoir About Serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)

Dorit Sasson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Since 2012, my memoir has gone through multiple drafts and I've finally got to the core of the transformation. I'm definitely not the same writer I was going in. Here are three lessons to prove what I've learned so far about the memoir writing process and my story.

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.

Why I've Decided to Opt-Out of Finding an Agent for My Memoir, "Accidental Soldier"

Dorit Sasson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Frankly, I always envisioned my memoir among some of the biggest publishing houses in the world. In fact, it's been my dream. I couldn't think of going any other route.

How We Rationalize the Silences We Invade

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 12.30.2014 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Mártir

I've dissected these stories, written and rewritten them, sat with them, prayed with and for them. I've thought about how it's going to affect my family, my mother more than anyone. These are her secrets I'm revealing, her shame, that silence that has eaten through us like gangrene. This silence killed my brother.

Bestselling Author Jesmyn Ward and NYT Columnist Charles M. Blow Talk Writing at L.A. Library

Kate Kelly | Posted 12.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Kate Kelly

"Through Trying Times: Stories of Loss and Redemption in the American South," featuring bestselling author Jesmyn Ward and New York Times columnist Charles Blow was part of the Los Angeles Public Library [ALOUD] program.

Why My Anger Turned To Sadness When I Took A Closer Look At My Parents' Lives

Posted 09.10.2014 | OWN

There is no better season for losing yourself in someone else's past. Author Gary Shteyngart on the perils and pleasures of plundering the secre...

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...

3 Things I Learned About Becoming 'Unstuck' When Writing My Memoir

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.05.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Because the writer is so close to the story, it's easy to get stuck in one's head. Add the memories and the sabotaging inner critic, and it's easy for a writer to suddenly become derailed from the original goal of finishing a memoir.

Memoir as Legacy: The Power of Remembering

Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty
Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D.

I love the word "remember." It means to bring together the pieces of your life, your legacy, the wisdom of those who have gone before you. Whether we realize it or not, as we live our lives we're passing on traditions -- through holiday rituals, family sayings and mythology.

The Key to Self-Publishing Your Memoir: Be Confident with Your Story!

Dorit Sasson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

It is hard to feel that early confidence as a writer when the story is still developing or if one is undergoing healing. But once the story gets underway and the themes of one's story are crystal clear, it's time to see the author as a character in a movie.

How to Write About Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

"What do you write about?" I'm often asked. The answer, um, is I, uh, write about myself, which automatically puts me in the company of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and others who exude the belief that their lives are of inherent interest to others.

To Those Who Love A Good Yarn: We Need You

Posted 11.26.2013 | Fifty

On Dec. 1, 2013, Huff/Post50 and AARP will be launching a new Memoir Contest aimed at discovering the hidden writing talent among those 50 and older -...

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.

What It's Like to Be an American Wanted by the Drug Cartels: The Story of a Mexican-born Journalist, Part I

Paula Beltrán | Posted 09.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Paula Beltrán

The theme of duality is everywhere in Corchado's memoir. The reader can't help notice all the back and forth exchange of pronouns in the narrative. At times he uses "I" or "we" to refer to himself both as Mexican and American.

The Things I Didn't Expect When I Wrote a Memoir

Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP

In my late-night, self-absorbed worries about what readers would think of me, it did not occur to me that the messages in the stories would resonate with so many. It is a reminder of how connected we all are to each other.