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Memoir Month

May is Memoir Month at the Writer’s Chatroom. We are getting a bit of a late start. Last chat, we talked a little about writing a 500 word segment on some memorable event in our life.

We also talked about a Memoir being different from an Autobiography.

Let’s talk about creative ways to tell our stories.

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How to Write a Memoir: 7 Creative Ways to Tell a Powerful Story

by BROOKE WARNER

 170 COMMENTS

Whether you curl up with memoirs on a frequent basis or pick one up every now and again, you know powerful memoirs have the capacity to take you, as a reader, for an exhilarating ride.

When I teach people how to write and sell memoir, we talk about how to tell a compelling story. While all memoirs are different, the best memoirs all have certain elements in common.

My goal with this piece is to review some of those common elements, so you can weave them into your own memoir.


How to Write a Memoir: 7 Creative Ways to Tell a Powerful Story

This is a fairly long post and there are 170 comments on the page. We won’t go through the whole thing in one evening.

Let me break it down a little bit and you can read it before chat, tomorrow.

How to write a memoir

If you’re planning to write a memoir, you’ll want to take your readers on a journey they won’t forget. In this post, we share tips for writing a memoir well, as well as plenty of memoir examples.

Here’s how to write a memoir.

  • Narrow Your Focus
  • Include more than just your Story
  • Tell the Truth
  • Put your Readers in Your Shoes
  • Employ elements of Fiction to bring your story to Life
  • Create an emotional Journey
  • Showcase your Personal Growth
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The article ends with examples of types of Memoirs.

If you want to go ahead and work on an event from your life, go for it. Bring it to chat or hit Comment way down on the Writer’s Chatroom Blog Page and put your words in there.

Chat begins at 8PM EDT on Wednesday May 13th

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