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Memoirs . What is a memoir?. A memory; a description of an event from the past Written in the first person Based on the truth Reveals the feelings of the writer Has meaning; shows what the author learned from the experience Focused on one event or one point in the author’s life

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what is a memoir
What is a memoir?
  • A memory; a description of an event from the past
  • Written in the first person
  • Based on the truth
  • Reveals the feelings of the writer
  • Has meaning; shows what the author learned from the experience
  • Focused on one event or one point in the author’s life
  • About the author’s experience more than the event itself
what is a good idea for a memoir
What is a good idea for a memoir?
  • Something you have strong feelings about
  • Something you know a lot about
  • Something you can describe in great detail
  • Something your audience will be interested or find worth while
getting started
Getting started
  • Tell the outside story – what was happening?
  • Tell the inside story – what you were thinking and feeling
  • Use dialogue to add impact
  • Tell details that only you, as the author, would know
examples of memoirs
Examples of Memoirs
  • “Don’t Call Me Mother” by Linda Joy Myers
    • Growing up in an emotionally abusive environment
    • Quick glance at Don't Call Me Mother
  • “Down Came the Rain” by Brooke Shields
    • Dealing with postpartum depression as a celebrity
    • Quick glance at Down Came the Rain
  • “An Unquiet Mind” by Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Life with mental illness, bipolar disorder back when it was called manic-depression
    • Author was a researcher and clinician in mental health
    • Quick glance at An Unquiet Mind