Memoir: Enhance Your Limited Memories

A Conversation with Brooke Warner

One of the challenges memoir writers face is recalling the details of events that occurred years ago. Memoirists needn’t discouraged by limited memories of valid emotional experiences of real events.  I abandoned my memoir and wrote historical fiction instead for lack of detailed memories of childhood events. Beyond the Silk Mills began as memoir and diverged, because I hadn’t yet considered that many of the the techniques of good fiction writing can justifiably be employed in memoir, which is the art of Creative Non-Fiction.

In this part of my conversation with Brooke Warner we discussed ways that memoir or Creative Non-Fiction gives writers permission to enhance limited memories of emotionally real events. We also talked about the use of writing prompts like the ones I include in my book Remembering Childhood, Workbook Your Way to a Finished Memoir.

In addition to Brooke’s response you can also watch my own take on how to enhance your limited memories of real events in your memoir writing. All ten of my Jump Start Your Memoir video series are available on this uTube channel (v and at my website



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