Memoir Writing

This post is one of 26 I am writing for the A-Z Challenge on the subject of writing a memoir. I’m not an expert in writing memoirs, but I’m exploring the topic with thoughts about writing one, and am happy to share the fruits of my exploration.


Now that we’ve got half-way through these posts about memoir-writing, we must have a pretty good idea about what a memoir is, right? Well, this is what I think:

A memoir is a slice of life – not a whole life, like an autobiography, but the part or parts of a life that substantiate a message or messages the writer wants to convey.

Linda Joy Myers says (amongst other things) “A memoir is a story with structure, a theme, and a reason for a reader to be engaged.”

This is from

1. a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.

2. Usually, memoirs.

a. an account of one’s personal life and experiences; autobiography.

b. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.

3. a biography or biographical sketch.

What do you think a memoir is?

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