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Memoir Writing

10 Tips For Finding The Theme Of Your Memoir

Abigail Carter | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 10.30.2014 | 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.

Why Writing Memoir Might Actually Make You Happier

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 04.14.2013 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

When I think of "therapeutic writing," I picture long scrawled journal pages of unfiltered, uncensored feelings. When the word therapeutic is used in reference to my work, I feel a smidge patronized. However, there are a couple of problems with this objection.

Mom Not Dead Yet? 7 Reasons to Write Your Memoir Anyway

Candace Walsh | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Candace Walsh

When I shared that my mother banned me from her birthday after reading my memoir, friends piped up with variations of this sentiment: "That's why I'm waiting until my mother dies to write my memoir."As a result, I came up with seven reasons not to wait.

For Writers -- and Men-- This Is What Collaboration Looks Like

David Murray | Posted 02.05.2013 | Books
David Murray

Truly collaborative writing? Until this year, it had eluded me so thoroughly that I nearly rejected the suggestion that I read the journals of Lt. Col. Mark Weber, who needed help to write a memoir for his three young sons, who would soon be without a father.

Do We Need Another Memoir?

Robert Levithan | Posted 11.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

I have a tale to tell. Although I am not singular, there are not many of us left who went all the way to AIDS and came back whole. I am an AIDS elder. I hold my story and the story of a generation who lived and died in an unprecedented era of plague.

What Makes a Memoir 'Great?'

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

How can you make your memoir compelling? Find something unique about your narrative and focus the book around that instead of navel gazing about your first dog, your last lover, etc.

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?

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."

Mecca for Women Writers

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 08.16.2011 | College
Lisa Dale Norton

The International Women's Writing Guild's 34th annual summer conference begins June 24 on the campus of Yale University. The Guild's goal is "personal and professional empowerment of women through writing," and it draws women from all over the world.

The Importance Of Telling Our Stories

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

How does telling our stories benefit us? We need to know and express our own stories. Telling our stories is not an end in itself, but an attempt to release ourselves from them, to evolve and grow beyond them.