When you teach a writing class, you often get students who want to share their personal writing. I don’t mind a bit, in fact I encourage my students to share as much as they’d like to.
One of my students recently handed me a multi-chaptered piece that he was working on. It was a memoir of his life. Although there was a lot of good information, and even though he had a good voice in his writing, the piece was not going to go far without a major revision.
What memoir isn’t
First of all – a memoir is not a diary. It’s not about what you do on a day-to-day basis.
What a memoir is
A memoir is a story of how you got from here to there. In its rawest form it’s like a game of Candy Land.
“Here” is where a life changing event occurs. This life…
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