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, including some of the sharpest and most helpful memoir writers on Twitter.
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!
– Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing, by Carol Smallwood & Suzann Holland, Editors
– Your Life as Story, by Tristine Rainer
– Shimmering Images, by Lisa Dale Norton
– Turning Memories into Memoir, By Denis Ledoux
– Fearless Confessions, by Sue William Silverman
– The Memoir Project, by Marion Roach Smith
– A 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.)
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I’ll be adding to these as I recall, for example, those memoir and life story writers I follow on Twitter. Please leave a comment about the resources you turn to again and again for guidance in your memoir writing.
And, see “What Really Fuels a Powerful Memoir.”