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Writing Memoir

How to Write a Memoir. Or (The Expectation Virtues)

Beth Kephart | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Beth Kephart

I call them My Spectaculars. Together, we read, we write. We rive our hearts. We leave faux at the door. We expect big things from one another, from the memoirists we read, from the memoirists who may be writing now, from those books of truth in progress.

Writing Your Memoir? Ignore These Rules

Roberta Temes, Ph.D. | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Roberta Temes, Ph.D.

It's your story. It's your life. You can write it your way. You are the hero of your memoir, and you are in charge of how you present your life to your readers. Please write with passion and write with integrity.

How My Memoir Became My Therapy

Tom W. Watson | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Tom W. Watson

I had busied myself building my business and in many ways neglected building my family. I wondered what my young family would recall of me. What would they say my legacy had been to them as a husband and a father if I was to suffer another stroke or heart attack and pass away?

Dead End Gene Pool: Dead Mom Talks Through Facebook

Wendy Burden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wendy Burden

The good news is, almost everyone in my book is safely tucked away six feet under; but beware the perils of the first time memoirist: not everyone can be dead!

You Had to Be There: The Role of Memory in Memoir

Liz Welch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Liz Welch

I had been trying to write my story for several years, haunted by one friend's comment. "Great," he had said to me, drinking a cup of coffee in my kitchen, "another memoir about a mother who dies from cancer."

Mary Karr Interview: "Lit" Part II

Huffington Post | Steve Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The following is a continuation of a Huffington Post interview with author Mary Karr on her new memoir, "Lit." You can read the first part here. Hu...

Mary Karr Speaks To HuffPost About "Lit"

The Huffington Post | Steve Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The brouhaha that flared last week when "Publishers Weekly" announced its list of Top Ten Books of the Year, a list that garnered probably unwanted bu...