How to Write a Memoir

On this page, you'll find advice on how to write a memoir, as well as interviews and ideas to inspire your memoir writing.

What is a memoir?

A memoir is a narrative about your personal experience. You can write a memoir about:

  • A specific event that happened to you.
  • A specific aspect of your life (for example, your relationship with your father, your travel through Asia, your struggle to overcome a phobia).
  • A particular time period of your life.
  • The impact on your own life of an outside event (for example, a war, an economic crisis, your parents' divorce.)

Browse through the table of contents below to find tips and ideas for your memoirs. You're also welcome to sign up for our online course, Essentials of Memoir Writing.

Memoir Writing - Contents

59 Memoir Ideas - 59 memoir writing topics and 3 memoir prompts that will get you inspired to write about your life experiences.

Memoir Prompts - A list of questions and topics to inspire writing about your memories. You can use these prompts for journaling and to generate ideas for memoirs.

Memoir Competition - Our visitors have contributed memoirs about the smells that they associate with important memories. Read their contributions and publish your own!

Heather Sellers on the Craft of Memoir - Interview with the author of You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know.

What is a Memoir? - Interview with Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett: Part 1.

Journaling and Writing a Memoir - Interview with Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett: Part 2.

Reasons for Writing Memoirs - Interview with Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett: Part 3.

Ethical Issues in Memoirs - Interview with Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett: Part 4.

Memoirs and Emotional Truth - Interview with Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett: Part 5.

Techniques for Writing Effective Memoirs - Interview with Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett: Part 6.

Revising Your Memoir - Interview with Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett: Part 7.

Writing Rosie's Daughters - Interview with Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett: Part 8.

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