Memoir Writing & Memoir Examples
Building The Yellow House: An Interview With National Book Award Finalist Sarah M. Broom
The National Book Award finalist answers 10 questions about her debut memoir The Yellow House.
Trauma: What Happens When We Put It On the Page?
Writing the story of her assault wasn't easy for Karen Stefano. The author shares her experience writing about trauma, including how she found the strength to put it all on the page, the inevitable ups and downs, and the self-care needed in between.
Reddit for Writers: 47 Writing Subreddits to Explore
This supplement to the 2019 edition of our 101 Best Websites provides a guide to writing subreddits—destinations across Reddit where writers can find useful information, community, and resources.
Breaking In: Debut Author Jacob Tobia on the Memoir Process and More
In this interview, author Jacob Tobia discusses making the leap from writing personal essays and op-eds to a full memoir as well as the importance of building a platform to promote your work.
5 Steps to Overcoming Fears of Writing about the Deeply Personal in Your Memoir
Jane Binns discusses the difficulty some memoir writers experience about publishing deeply personal life events and emotions.
The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 10: The Art of the Graphic Memoir
In this episode author and cartoonist Tom Hart shares an inside look at writing and publishing in the graphic novel and comics world. In this interview, they discuss how writers and artists collaborate to create amazing stories, the importance of finding your cohort in the comics community, and how self-publishing in this form not only enhances your skills but also your credibility.
How Much Should I Say? Choosing What to Include in a Memoir About a Sensitive Topic
Choosing what to include in a memoir can be challenging—and doubly so when the topic of the memoir is particularly sensitive. Susan Burrowes, who wrote a book about her family's struggle with her teen daughter's addiction, discusses her process and decisions.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses the Power of Reading, His Writing Process, and His YA Memoir Becoming Kareem
In this interview, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses his new bestseller, Becoming Kareem, a heartfelt memoir for young adult readers, as well as his writing process, the importance of reading and civil rights.
Searching for the Forgotten: Recalling Details When Writing a Memoir
Writing a memoir means searching for what one has forgotten. It is easy enough to remember the larger outline of a time that has passed, but it is regrettably impossible to recall the minutiae that capture the very essence of that former experience. Here's what you can do to call upon that forgotten inspiration.
How Writing Helped Me Transform from Worrier to Warrior
When Mariagrazia Buttitta was diagnosed with a rare disease that caused her to be legally blind, she found peace and courage in writing.
10 Easy Writing Prompts to Get Your Life Story Started
Having trouble getting started on writing your life story? Answer these ten easy writing prompts, and the answers will be the framework to your story.
Based on a True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth
Should you write a memoir, or write a novel "based on a true story"? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth.
Staying Positive While Writing About Death and Tragedy
Here are 10 tips to keep your spirits up when writing about deeply emotional content.
How to Write a Good Memoir: Advice on Finding Your Voice
Voice is like your book’s fingerprint—only the author can give a book its own style. Here's what you need to know about voice in understanding how to write a good memoir.
10 Ways To Hook Your Reader (and Reel Them in for Good)
When I wanted to write an essay about my difficult relationship with my brother I had to figure out a way to make it interesting to other people so I turned to these 10 elements to keep the story rolling.
The Difference Between Character Habits And Quirks
What exactly is the difference between behaviors, habits, mannerisms, and quirks? Read on to learn the subtle (yet important) differences between them and how to apply them to your characters.
The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)
Start your revision by addressing these five biggest fiction writing mistakes, and you'll immediately change your story for the better.