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Our memoir writing exercises are different from those found on other sites. We do not like to provide ready-made prompts. Instead we advocate writing exercises that are likely to lead to a deepening of your insight rather than to a titillation for your entertainment — which is what we think of most writing exercises.

Read the posts below to see for yourself how what we suggest is better than any writing prompt that asks you to write about something like “It’s the year 2500 and you are…”

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Writing Feelings into Your Memoir

How to write feelings into your memoir is a rather important topic. Recently on the Forum, David wrote about not accessing the feeling side of his memories, of writing a memoir that, if I am understanding him right, was all details and facts. Below is my response which can serve as a stand alone article, […]

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Memoir Success: Approaching Neverland

Memoir Success

Over the years, I have worked with many writers to help them create and shape their memoirs. It’s my pleasure to bring to your attention one such writer: Peggy Kennedy from San Ramon, California, for whom I had the pleasure of providing coaching and editing help. After a number of years of preparation, her memoir of growing up in a family with a mentally-ill mother, Approaching Neverland, is now in print. (Ordering information below.) I am happy to report on her memoir success.

Peggy recently sent me news of her book in the months following publication.

Approaching Neverland is doing well. I’m pleased to say that the Midwest Book Review gave it five stars. I’m also pleased to be losing my fear of speaking before an audience, and I’m almost to the point of looking forward to it! I was on ‘CBS 5 Bay Sunday,’ a Bay Area morning show, on August 2. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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