6 Writing Techniques That Helped Me Shift From Fiction to Memoir
Acclaimed author Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop knew the best way to tell the story of her parents lives was through memoir—a genre she’d never tried. Here, she shares six writing techniques that helped her shift from fiction to memoir.
Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch: On Combining Her Passions to Write a Guidebook
Writer and musician Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch discusses how her life’s passions led to her guidebook-memoir hybrid, Declassified.
5 Tips for Incorporating Sensitive Family Material Into a Memoir
Wading into the murky waters of the past to write a memoir is only half the battle. Here, author Elisa Bernick shares 5 tips for incorporating sensitive family material into a memoir.
Hafizah Augustus Geter: On Confronting Complicated Questions When Writing Memoir
Award-winning writer Hafizah Augustus Geter discusses how her experience as a poet helped her take on her new memoir, The Black Period.
How You Know When the Time Is Right To Write a Memoir
Choosing to write a memoir is no small decision. How do you know when the time is right for you? Here, author Peter Quinn shares how to know when to write a memoir.
Lisa Nikolidakis: On Writing Emotionally Difficult Material
Author Lisa Nikolidakis discusses how grief fueled her desire to write her new memoir, No One Crosses the Wolf.
Mia Mercado: On Challenging Niceness Through Personal Essays
Writer Mia Mercado discusses combining essays with short stories in her new collection, She’s Nice Though.
How To Turn Artifacts and Research Into a Family Memoir
A century’s old family heirloom acted as a clue to the past for author Cornelia Maude Spelman. Here, she shares how to turn artifacts and research into a family memoir.
6 Things My Career as a Travel Writer Taught Me About Writing a Memoir
After 30 years as a travel writer, Mark Chesnut spent his days exploring the world and writing about what he saw. Here, he shares 6 things his career as a travel writer taught him about writing his first memoir.
How To Write Dark Comedy in Nonfiction: The Other Three S’s
Sometimes a subject is so dark that all you can do is laugh—but there’s an art to writing serious subjects comedically. Here, bestselling author Glenn Rockowitz shares how to write dark comedy in nonfiction using the other three s’s.
A Different Angle: How To Revisit a Painful Past Without Re-Triggering Your Present
Writer Sari Botton knew she had a memoir in her but felt conflicted over writing about her traumatic experiences. Here, she shares how she navigated writing her memoir from a different angle.
Telling My Story: How to Work Through Painful Feelings While Writing a Memoir
When revisiting your past means unearthing painful memories, it’s important to find solitude somewhere. Here, author Laura L. Engel discusses how to work through painful feelings while writing a memoir.
6 Types of Creative Nonfiction Personal Essays for Writers to Try
In this post, we reveal six types of creative nonfiction personal essays for writers to try, including the fragmented essay, hermit crab essay, braided essay, and more. Take your essay writing up a notch while having fun trying new forms.
Florence Olajide: On Perseverance and Persistence Through Memoir
Florence Olajide discusses how the persistence from others led her to writing her new memoir, Coconut.
How to Write Compelling Personal Essays: 9 Ingredients for Spicing Up Your Writing
Author Elaine Klonicki discusses how to turn the stories you tell in person into compelling personal essays on paper.