Writing Memoirs

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To write a memoir, consider the audience, focus on a specific point in life, maintain a consistent tone throughout the story and get feedback from peers after each chapter. Compose a memoir, which differs from an autobiography in many respects, with instruction from a writing teacher in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura from youngwritersworkshops.com, and I'm going to talk about writing memoirs. A memoir is basically an autobiography but usually focused on specific point about the person's life... a little bit different from an autobiography in that it might be focused on just one chapter in the person's life story. An important thing to think about in writing a memoir is the tone that you're going to take. Is it going to be reflective, or is going to be more about some action? Think about how you want to tell the story. Think about who your reader might be, and how you want to accomplish telling that story about that chapter in your life. Read some other memoirs that you enjoyed or written by people or writers that you admire. This will help you to kind of, again, make that decision about your tone and your point of view. And then, start with an outline and really pull together the main components, the main events, that are going to be part of this memoir, and then begin writing. Write your chapters, with each chapter have a reader give you some feedback, give you things to think about, maybe make notes that you can go back and can do a rewrite, make it a little bit stronger... and when you pull together.. follow your outline and pull together your chapters, have a set of readers read the whole draft and then come up with a polished final draft of your memoir. Those are some ideas about writing memoirs.


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