Tips for aspiring memoir writers

Following my Memoir Editing workshop at the 2010 Byron Bay Writers Festival in August, I was asked to write an article about the process of writing memoir for the magazine writestuff. For those of you attempting to write a memoir, or for someone you think might be interested in working with me as a memoir coach, it’s now available here for download from my website.

The breakout quote of the article?

It should go without saying that if you are not already reading memoirs then you should not be attempting to write one.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Virginia, what a terrific article! Your advice is right on.

  2. Hmmmmm,

    I just got through reading, “Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir” by Lisa Norton. She advises writers not to read other memoirs as it may be too intimidating for a new writer and it might keep him/her from writing anything to begin with.

    1. Hi Chuck ~ I take the point that reading other memoirs might be intimidating, and I certainly understand the urge to self-censorship that prevents many people from writing anything at all. My feeling though is that by increasing your awareness of the variety of form and tone and style within the memoir genre, you will write with the understanding that there are many ways to tell a story, even a true one. (PS Apologies for the slow reply – have been travelling and without wireless internet. Felt like I was missing a limb!)

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