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nina-amir's picture
Nov.07.2013
Are your goals for National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo) really ambitious? Do you want to not only write a memoir but have it ready for publication in 30 days? If so, Linda Joy Myers, author and president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, has just the...
nina-amir's picture
Nov.06.2013
While many feel writing a memoir during the 30 days of National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo) might be too large a task to take on, some forethought about how to approach your life story can provide the key to making the job manageable—and doable. For instance, determining the...
nina-amir's picture
Nov.05.2013
Many people say it’s impossible to write a memoir in a month. Yet, last year, Denis Ledoux, founder or November is Lifewriting Month, provided those writing memoir as their Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN) Challenge with a schedule to accomplish this feat in 30-days. And some participants did,...
suzanne-covich's picture
Feb.19.2013
As a West Australian English teacher, child rights activist and a woman whose 1950-60's childhood 'fertilized' my passion for writing my childhood memoir, I did so knowing that publishers are reluctant to take on board such stories and, people are reluctant to read them because they want to stay...
suzanne-covich's picture
Feb.11.2013
Suzanne, can you tell us what your memoir is all about? My memoir is about a small town Australian country girl in the 1950’-60’s, who’s dux of her class every year at Primary School, loves the bush, the river, the mountains, reading, writing and singing and, always wants trousers with a fly. She...
nina-amir's picture
Nov.06.2012
Of all the nonfiction book formats, memoir seems the one that stalls writers in the middle the most often. That’s not a good thing when you are trying to write a memoir in 30 days. So I asked my colleague Linda Joy Myers, president of the National Association of Memoir Writers and author of The...
nina-amir's picture
Nov.09.2011
Writing a memoir involves remembering bits and pieces of your life and putting them down on paper. After all, a memoir covers a portion of your life—a few months, a year, a few years—that happened previously. And sometimes this period of time lies in your distant past. It may seem like...
nina-amir's picture
Nov.07.2011
Many of this year's Write Nonfiction in November participants are writing memoirs. I don't find this surprising, since so many people want to find meaning in the events of their lives and to share that meaning with others. Additionally, writing about our lives can prove healing, and sometimes...
nina-amir's picture
Nov.03.2010
Yesterday’s post covered how to begin writing a book. Today, we discuss one particular type of book: memoir. So many people feel they have a personal story worth telling, and often those stories do, indeed, sell well in book stores. Readers will purchase books they resonate with emotionally....
midge-raymond's picture
Sep.01.2009
This NY Times article about Julie Myerson’s memoir highlights the issues all memoir writers face: how to tell one’s own story without losing one’s friends and family. The Times also takes a look at Kaylie Jones’s memoir, noting that for Jones, “it’s payback time.” The memoir “exposes her mother’s...