Memoir Writing | Memoir vs Autobiography

Man & Dog Copyright©IreneGraham 2012 office@thecreativewritersworkshopMemoir writing has in the recent past become a genre in its own right.  It is now considered creative non-fiction, and is a popular genre in bestseller lists. In contrast to autobiographical writing in years gone by, a writer does not need to be famous or well known to write a memoir.

Autobiographical Writing encompasses a whole life – a life story usually written chronologically from birth to a given point in time. Thus autobiographical writing includes perhaps hundreds of characters, places and events from the writer’s entire life.

Memoir Writing can also be written chronologically, but it can also be structured creatively, similar to novels. Memoir writing is about drawing upon life stories and memories and focusing them into a memoir – usually upon a particular subject and the impact it had on the writer’s life, eg:

  • a war veteran and how he or she survived during and after a war
  • growing up with hippy parents, living life on the road
  • living in a small community in a minority race and the effect this had on adult life
  • generations of a family living in one particular house and the transitions brought about over time
  • the impact of the death of a child on family life
  • the struggle through a particular illness and how it altered and changed a life
  • travels alone around the world, and how this shaped a life
  • growing up on a cotton farm in southern USA in the ’60’s

So in essence, the man on the street probably has one autobiography – the entire story of his/her life, in contrast to memoir, whereby we have many life stories to share, and therefore, many memoirs to write.

From my workshop experiences many writers start out by thinking their memoir will be focused on a person they really admired, the life of their grandmother or father for instance. What this person did, where they went and what they achieved.  It is important to note that while writing a story about your father and his life achievements is a worthy concept, this is not memoir writing – it is biographical writing. It is a life story about someone else – not you. 

On the other hand, if you want to write about the influence your father had on your life – from your perspective, and the impact he had on your life and the decisions you made or did not make because of him – than that is memoir writing.

Likewise, if any of your siblings wrote their memoir on the same subject matter – the influence your father had on their life – it would be a competely different story to yours, it would be about their life, and the influence your father had on it – from their perspective.

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MEMOIR WRITING COURSE ONLINE | THE MEMOIR WRITING CLUB – Sat 7 Mar 2015

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  • Audio Tutorials
  • 12 x Lessons Online – accessible  throughout the course
  • The Memoir Writing Workbook by Irene Graham – we post it to you, free delivery worldwide!
  • Submit work for feedback
  • Private Coaching session with Book Coach Irene Graham
  • LIVE Writing Discussions
  • Memoir Writing Rooms – ask questions and receive feedback
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Memoir Mentoring Program with Irene Graham | The Memoir Writing Club | Jan 2016

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Our 6-month Memoir Mentoring Program includes:
*Online interactive course with Workbook | Audio Tutorials | Writing Rooms
*Coaching on the development of your book
*LIVE Writing Sesssions
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PROGRAM STARTS: SAT 16 JAN 2016

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Memoir Writing Course Online – Starts 10 Jan 2015

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Turn your memories into story. NOW!
Receive guidance and coaching each step of the way.

New 12-week course structure.

Course STARTS: Sat 10 Jan 2015

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MEMOIR WRITING RETREAT | CORK IRELAND FRI 21 MARCH TO SUN 23 MARCH 2014 WITH IRENE GRAHAM

Sky Garden LIS ARD Copyright©LisArd 2012 office@thecreativewritersworkshopUNWIND AND WRITE YOUR MEMOIR IN THE INCREDIBLE LIS ARD COUNTY ESTATE

LEARN THE ART OF MEMOIR WRITING IN LUXURY THIS WEEKEND!

  • 250 ACRES OF WOODLAND WALKS & GARDENS
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MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP – ONLINE 16-WEEK COURSE STARTS 11 JAN 2014

Logo Copyright(c)Irene Graham 2009 office@thememoirwritingclub.comUSE THE WINTER NIGHTS TO WRITE YOUR MEMOIR…


MAKE A CHANGE IN YOUR LIFESTYLE THIS WINTER – BECOME A WRITER!

WE’LL GUIDE YOU STEP-BY-STEP, EACH WEEK, TO OBTAIN THAT GOAL

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WRITING RETREAT IRELAND 2014 MEMOIR WRITING IN A CASTLE IN W.B. YEATS COUNTRYSIDE WITH IRENE GRAHAM

Markree Castle Image Irene Graham office@thecreativewritersworkshop.comALLOW THE LAND OF YEATS, CASTLE LIVING, GREAT FOOD AND IRENE GRAHAM TO INSPIRE YOUR MEMORIES – AND YOUR MEMOIR!

MON 25 AUG to THURS 28 Aug 2014

*Turn life experiences into story
*Include Family History in your Memoirs
*Engage in right-brain/left-brain learning techniques
*Receive a copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook

*Visit the Lake Isle of Inisfree
*Be pampered – eat and play in a Castle!

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