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 memoir writing.

Memoir Writing - Contents

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

Memoir Writing 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.

Heather Sellers on Memoir Writing - 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 Memoir Writing - Interview with Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett: Part 4.

Memoir Writing 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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