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Questions On Memoir Writing

(The following interview with me appeared in the Nov. 19, 2010, Oral History Education blog. The blog archives have not been established that far back. We are running this post independently and hope you enjoy it. )

1. How did you get started in your profession of memoir writing?

I started writing autobiography-based fiction. Some of these have won literary awards, and, while I like that, I feel the most satisfaction from helping readers who are stimulated to tell their own stories after reading my work. This happened in 1988 when my first collection of short fiction, What Became of Them, came out.

After I had read for a group of senior citizens, I was overwhelmed by their eagerness to share their stories with me and each other. That’s how I began helping people to write their memoirs.

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