Memoirists wonder if their lives are interesting enough for a story, but all good stories begin with desire and obstacle, and we’ve all got plenty of those.
How do you make your reader care about your story? By finding the unusual in one of three dimensions: character, subject, or style.
After decades of feeling ashamed of my weight, I finally found a path to fitness. And yet, deep down, I know that the real work has just begun.
The power of memoir is not in its “realness” or because the events are “true.” Its power is in the writer’s willingness to go where others won’t.
After a decade of wandering through New York trying to live affordably while becoming a writer, I have landed in a surprising and underappreciated nook of this city.
What the one-line joke can teach you about effective storytelling.
A full list of topics in School of Nonfiction’s flagship “Memoir Series.” Find what’s already published and see what is forthcoming.
Fresh ideas. A new community. An ending and a beginning.
Memoir writing is a craft, with techniques and practices that can be learned. And whatever can be learned, can be taught.
We all have our favorites. These are mine — from the essential to the light-hearted to the deep and comprehensive.