Archive | Memoir Writer’s Blog

The Memoir Writer’s Blog is a collection of stories, articles about writing, guest blog posts and more.


Coaching or Editing? Which Is Which? Which Is Best?

There’s often only a permeable line between coaching and editing. In practice, as I work with a writer, I find myself slipping from coaching to editing and back. That’s how close coaching and editing really are. Depending on the state of your manuscript, one or the other or both are called for. How it works […]

Continue Reading
The Memoir Network Writing Series

Navigating the Memoir Journey

IN THIS PODCAST YOU’LL DISCOVER: What makes memoir such a unique form of writing; What elements make a successful memoir; When you should consider writing a memoir, even if you don’t intend to publish it; Why you shouldn’t give in to the temptation to fictionalize your story; The difference between memoir and confessional writing; How […]

Continue Reading
write your memoir

Another Bucksport Story—An Ice Holiday

One morning, when the sun promised to be bright and the sky clear, as we sat down to breakfast at refectory tables, on a day that seemed to be a day just like every other day in January, Father Guy would announce, “Aujourd’hui, c’est un congé de glace [Today, we are having an ice holiday].”

Continue Reading
St. Sebastian. martyr.Telling the truth!

Do not waffle in telling the truth.

Certainly, the memoir writer has permission “not to waffle,” but there is more that is incumbent on the writer. S/he has the obligation not to waffle. As memoir writers, “not to waffle” means to tell our truth about what happened. This is a must. Over the years, I have been amazed at how I can […]

Continue Reading
write your memoir today

Is Memoir Fiction?

Is memoir fiction? I emphatically don’t agree that memoir is fiction. Although a memoir invariably uses fiction techniques—and we will look at one in this post it must be an as-much-as-possible true accounting of an experience.

Continue Reading