The materials in this section—”Memoir Professionals”—are either excerpted or inspired by the extensive manuals we have prepared and offer elsewhere on this site to help you launch a memoir practice.
It is possible to earn an income—full-time or part-time—as a Memoir Professional. Of course, you may not be interested in earning an income and many people who take up this work are retired or have other sources of income. But…
If you are hoping to derive income from this work, that is possible. You do have to take memoir work seriously as a business. That is, when you launch a memoir practice, you will have to invest your attention and thoughtfulness. In many instances, to launch a memoir practice it will require that you do planning and marketing and other forms of outreach.
Many memoir writers secretly, or not so secretly, want to help other people to write their memoirs. Sometimes they do this informally with a friend or two, and at other times, they get a bit more organized and offer a class at a library or other institution. One thing is certain, launching your memoir teaching will take some attention.
I have taught workshops for decades and can attest to the deep satisfaction I have derived from working with writers. I have formed friendships that have lasted these many years.
If you would like to offer a memoir class here are a few tips to do so more successfully. They are garnered from sound business practices, but don’t worry as they are easy for anyone to implement.
(I have written about the curriculum elsewhere.)
1. Reconnect with people who told you they want to be in a workshop within a few days of having first spoken to them.
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Writing a vision statement about teaching memoir writing can be stimulating for you as a Memoir Professional. Your memoir writing company’s vision statement is a personal reminder you make to yourself about how the work you are planning will sustain you emotionally and make you into a better person. A vision statement is usually about the person writing it. (The mission statement, on the other hand, is about what you will give to the public.)
Here are some ideas for writing a great vision statement. (No venture should be without one!)