It’s encouraging to know how many people are writing memoirs. It’s not just that memoirs are among the best sellers and the most popular books, but that ordinary people are leaving a record of their lives as this anthology of friends category demonstrates.
A great variety
There’s such a plethora of lifestories that you are sure to find something in this category that will speak to you, stimulate your appreciation of life in a new and supportive way.
In this anthology of friends section, we are presenting excerpts from people who have been our guest bloggers. Their stories were not developed in conjunction with our programs. (Excerpts from our clients are available by clicking the link below.)
Writers need to be readers
We believe that writing and reading need to go together. To grow as a writer, you need to experience many samples of different writing and let yourself be taught by them. I know that reading has helped me to expand my possibilities and grow as a writer.
These excerpts below provide examples of what you can do yourself—after you commit to write on a regular basis.
What you’ll find elsewhere in the anthology
Once you have read the excerpts from our anthology of friends, turn to any other part of the Anthology by clicking below:
- The full anthology
- Stories from writers with whom we have worked
- Stories from our Editors & Associate Memoir Professionals have written
Enjoy what the thoughtful and skilled writers bring you in our anthology of friends.
DL: The following is a guest post by a write who co-incidently bears the family name of Guest—Colin Guest. It presents his first days working in Saudi Arabia. The excerpt is form Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps / The Memoirs of a Serial Expat. Click here to learn how you, too, can send a guest post in to us.
On my arrival at Jeddah Airport, now called the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Harold was there to meet me. As it was lunchtime by the time we arrived on site, Harold took me straight to the canteen. As we walked in, I noticed two seated English guys having lunch. On seeing me walk in, one looked up.
“Do you have my passport?” he asked. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
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I enjoy many forms of physical exercise, from climbing mountains, to backpacking along trails, to bicycling, and even swimming. But mostly nowadays I just go hiking, sometimes with my grandchildren and partner, but often alone. Working the muscles of my body is good for me and helps keep my joints working. I feel better after […]
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My pulse quickened as we walked up the white cement stairs to Ernest Hemingway’s famed Cuban home, La Finca Vigia. His presence lingered throughout the house.