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    Wednesday
    Mar262014

    Writing a Great Memoir: Advice from the Masters

    Thousands of people write memoirs every year. How do you make your memoir standout from the crowd? Here’s so advice from masters of the genre on how to make sure yours is a good one.

    Courtesy of AndeeCollard under Creativer Comm

    Bad Memoir Writing – Rules for Doing It Right

    NYU Journalism Professor Katie Roiphe says This Is How You Write a Memoir on Slate http://slate.me/NUntjP 

    A Classic Guide to Memoir Writing

    William Zinsser’s “How to Write a Memoir” on The American Scholar http://bit.ly/1haksY5

    Salon’s Guide to Writing a Memoir

    Writing advice from ten masters of the genre on how to write your memoir http://bit.ly/1iAOPqn

    3 Rules to Write World-Changing Memoir

    Great advice from memoirist Jeff Goins and some exercises to hep you get started on The Write Practice http://bit.ly/1m6qWYF

    Memoir Exercises That Will Help You Get Started

    Memoirist Abigail Thomas tells us How to Write Your Own Memoir on Oprah.

    The Art of Memoir

    An interview with a master memoirist in The Paris Review: The Art of Memoir No. 1, Mary Karr http://bit.ly/1iB2U7b 

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Please write from your heart, about something that you know or you have created. Do not write something that is not what you want, but something you know that will make money.

    Apr 19, 2014 at 2:07AM | Unregistered CommenterJayaprakash

    Thanks, Jayaprakash. That's good advice for all writers to keep in mind.

    Apr 19, 2014 at 9:58AM | Registered CommenterNan Barnes

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