free the pen, a blog for writers

May 5, 2012

Writing Memoir

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 2:19 pm

I often get asked: what is the difference between an autobiography and a memoir? The question is a good one.

An autobiography is an account of a full life replete with dates, events and people.

A memoir is a written memory of part of a life, usually an easier read than an autobiographical account of factual details describing a life from birth to death. Memoir authors  write to speak to the reader — to share and be more connected. Memoirs take autobiographies to another level, usually provocative in an emotional way involving the meaning and purpose for the memory.

It seems more and more individuals are writing memoirs these days. We want to share our trials and tribulations, feel connected to each other, make our experiences count by putting them on paper. With the internet media and digital presses this process is so much easier than it used to be.

On May 21 I will be facilitating an online class for those of you interested in getting a kick start on your own memoir. The class is titled: My Life, My Words, My Voice. Go to http://www.storycircleonlineclasses.org and click on classes at the top and scroll down to the title. I hope to see you all there.

I will give each member a free email copy of my promotion booklet: How to Write Your Own Memoir. This booklet sells for $4.99 on my site: http://www.JanMarquart.com as well as my memoir, The Breath of Dawn, a Journey of Everyday Blessings which can also be purchased on http://www.createspace.com/3546000 and Amazon.com. In it you will find questions to get your juices flowing and your thoughts thinking about the parts of your life that hold memories for your memoir.

Until next time,

keep the pen moving,

Jan

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