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Could or Should You Write Your Memoir..?

May 23, 2014
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Memoirs of the rich and famous populate the bookstore shelves and our curiosity ensures we pick them up, enabling us to get a glimpse into their lives.(Well, the part they are willing to expose, anyway!)  Some change our persepctive of that person, while others confirm our suspicions. However, what about the stories of ‘ordinary’ people? The ones that work, play, nurture, explore, and live out of the spot light?

Everyone’s story is unique and important not just for their families but the population at large. These glimpses into how life was lived in the past are so much more important than the dry facts in history books. I am currently watching ‘Call The Midwife” – it is set in post-war London and is superbly done. The TV series is actually based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, who worked as a midwife in the East End of London in the 1950’s. Even though it is recent history, the changes in our lives since then are remarkable – this is the exact reason we should consider writing our story.

After many years of pleading with my Mother, she wrote a beautiful story about how she met my father and their lives together. Many facts were unknown to my siblings and I – they may be small, incidental snippets to many but to us they are precious. I am in the process of transcribing the story and will compile a book, which will include photographs, poems, and letters and have copies made for the family to keep as a legacy to future generations. A true gift for the family.

I collaborated in writing a memoir workbook, which focusing on how to gather the ‘materials’ of your life to assist you in compiling your memoir. With helpful tips and exercises to ignite your memories, it is a superb book to get you started. http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/your-lifetime-stories

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Have you written; or are you considering, writing your memoir?

What was your experience?

How are you compiling it?

Quotes:

A memoir is an invitation into another’s person’s privacy. – Isabel Allende

A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that’s what separates a life story that can influence other people. – Mitch Albom

If you write a memoir, it can’t be about blame or hurt; it has to be creative. – Dani Shapiro

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 Today’s prompt – think of a favorite memory – a vacation, a childhood friend, a precious toy…and write about it.

Allegations Can Tear Us Apart …

September 19, 2013
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Allegation – definition: a statement or assertion made with little or no proof

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My collaboration with two other Writers Foundation of Strathcona County members has come to an end. The workbook has been sent off to press and we anxiously await the first printed copies. Once they are available the link will be up on http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/   Your Lifetime of Stories – Ideas for Writing Memoirs 

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This workbook is in conjunction with the WFSC presentation for memoir writing and gives tips and memory exercises to enable people to organize their memories into a working format. In other words a How To book for memoir writing.

In one section we have covered the question of motives for writing a memoir. It should not be a method for revenge or to reveal hurtful information or secrets held in trust. If the writer’s experience can educate and create awareness that is a very different thing from memoirs to accuse or expose another person. We also made it plain that everyone ‘remembers’ events differently due to their own perspective so when the writer shares the draft, they should keep in mind differing opinions. It is best to ensure family members that the memory is one person’s truth.

Unfortunately, many memories do not follow these rules and become the center for allegations tearing apart families and in some cases communities.

Have you experienced false allegations or know someone who has? 

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