Some of the most useful, powerful, and perhaps lesser known resources I recommend to my students who are working on memoirs, life stories, and family histories, and use in my own memoir writing are listed below. They include electronic and hard copy resources.
Let’s continue the tradition of writers helping writers: Leave your favorite memoir, life story writing, or family history writing aids in a comment so others can benefit. Thanks!
I think you’ll also find the National Association of Memoir Writers a unique resource.
— Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing, by Carol Smallwood & Suzann Holland, Editors
— Shimmering Images, by Lisa Dale Norton
— Turning Memories into Memoir, By Denis Ledoux
— The Memoir Project, by Marion Roach Smith
— Old Friend from Far Away, by Natalie Goldberg
— Plot and Structure, by James Scott Bell. (Even though this book is aimed at fiction writers, it’ll show you how to plot your memoir so it’ll be as readable as a novel.)
I’d like to recommend a book I’ve read recently (October 2014): Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family.
Please leave a comment about the resources you turn to again and again for guidance in your memoir and family history writing.
And, see my guest post, “What Really Fuels a Powerful Memoir.”
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