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.
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.
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.
Some rules for memoirists to live and write by. These are mine — and should be yours, too, I think. Some are obvious. Others aren’t, but should be.
Some people confuse memoir writing with therapy. Here’s why they’re wrong.