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  • Mining your Memories for Gold

    Mining your Memories for Gold

    Mining your Memories for Gold--tips for discovering what you have forgotten. Your memoir is about exploring meaning in your life. Learn how to remember more...

  • Tips for Your Memoir Writing Journey

    Tips for Your Memoir Writing Journey

      Writing a memoir is like finding yourself on a journey: you thought you knew where you were going, but eventually you are lost! We all experience several stages that lead up to your journey: As you pack your suitcase, you think about the thrilling and interesting moments...

  • Journey of Memoir–The Three Stages of Memoir Writing

    Journey of Memoir–The Three Stages of Memoir Writing

            This guidebook through the complex layers of writing a publishable memoir gives you all you need to begin a memoir and find your way through the labyrinth of memories and writing challenges that come with crafting a true story about your life....

  • Truth, Lie, Essential Truth—How to Figure out the Ethics of Your Memoir

    Truth, Lie, Essential Truth—How to Figure out the Ethics of Your Memoir

      When we talk about “essential Truth” what do we mean as memoirists? How much room do we have to create scenes, dialogue, and “characters” from the flotsam of memories? What are the “rules” of memoir anyway? Memoirists are always on the firing line...

  • Your Memoir Journey—The Craft of writing a Memoir

    Your Memoir Journey—The Craft of writing a Memoir

        Most people writing a memoir are learning to write while also excavating the terrain of memories and learning about elements of the past can be painful. If you have started your memoir, or are about to start, you know that writing a book is a journey with several...

  • Learn from Wild: Theme and Structure in Your Memoir

    Learn from Wild: Theme and Structure in Your Memoir

        One of my students was complaining the other day about plotting, creating structure, outlining, and all that left brain stuff.  “I miss my freewriting!” she said. We love the feeling when we are in flow. It’s like a drug, and it’s also the feeling...

  • Character, Setting and Weather in your Memoir | Creating a World in Your Story

    Character, Setting and Weather in your Memoir | Creating a World in Your Story

      As writers, we all know that writing a memoir, a long full length story, pushes us to think on several levels at once—it’s like rubbing your stomach while patting your head, doing a tap dance and a few yoga moves all at once while singing an aria! Whew. And we...

  • Stop Procrastinating! Write Your Memoir on a Schedule

    Stop Procrastinating! Write Your Memoir on a Schedule

        How do you get your writing done—or do you? Are you a procrastinator—do you let Time Bandits get in your way? The solution is simple and it’s one you use for the rest of your life: you have to schedule your writing dates. You make dates for everything...

  • The Story is in the Stones–History in Your Memoir

    The Story is in the Stones–History in Your Memoir

    My recent trip to England reminded me again–and I love this–that history really IS about story. Everywhere you go, things are really OLD! From bridges to buildings, paintings and sculpture, castles and country houses. Not “old” the way Americans...

  • Writing Memoir in 2012–The Year of the Memoir | Understanding and Conquering Your Inner—and Outer—Critic

    Writing Memoir in 2012–The Year of the Memoir  |  Understanding and Conquering Your Inner—and Outer—Critic

    When you first decide to write, you’re excited—eager to explore the memories and stories that are part of you. Memories shape who you are and where you hailed from. In a memoir, you weave the legacy about your life and times. You know your story—but perhaps the...