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 … Read More

Details for Your Memoir: What Can You Recall?

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If you’ve been hesitating to write your life stories for future generations, one impediment might be a concern that you can’t remember exact details for your memoir. I doubt any of us can recall enough details about the past to create a compelling read. Adding to this uncertainty, your friends and family may have different recollections about the same incident. Let’s examine these two dilemmas.

Siblings Disagree About Memoir Details

My brother read one of my stories about a summer day in Paterson, NJ when a teenager turned on the fire hydrant … Read More