59 Memoir Ideas

On this page you’ll find memoir ideas and topics, along with links to even more memoir writing prompts.

56 Memoir Topics

Which of these have been important in your life?

  1. being a parent

  2. your parent

  3. your grandparent

  4. a sister or brother

  5. a sport or game that's been important to you

  6. gardening

  7. a trip you took

  8. a particular job

  9. your career

  10. something you collect

  11. an unusual talent

  12. dieting or fitness

  13. your cultural heritage

  14. a romance

  15. marriage

  16. divorce

  17. farming

  18. your relationship to nature

  19. a school you went to

  20. your college or university

  21. summer camp

  22. your house

  23. a pet

  24. an illness

  25. a disability

  26. an accident

  27. an addiction

  28. the death of someone close to you

  29. childhood

  30. adolescence

  31. becoming an adult

  32. middle age

  33. old age

  34. a book or movie that changed your life

  35. a work of art that changed your life

  36. a teacher or mentor

  37. an important friendship

  38. a spiritual or religious experience

  39. a change in your economic situation

  40. a decision to change some aspect of your life

  41. a place where you lived

  42. a place that was special to you

  43. a move to a new place

  44. another major life change

  45. the effect of war on your life

  46. another historical event that impacted your life

  47. food

  48. chores

  49. a dangerous situation you survived

  50. something you did to help others

  51. military service

  52. something you accomplished

  53. a topic you research as a hobby

  54. discrimination you have faced

  55. someone who was a great inspiration to you

  56. a mission or quest

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3 Memoir Prompts

Here are three prompts that you can use for inspiration.

1) What's a song that brings back memories for you? Listen to the song (if you don't have a recording, you can probably find it on Youtube.com), and travel back in your mind to a time that it makes you remember. Spend a few minutes inside that memory, reliving it in as much detail as possible. Then write about that memory, trying to recreate it on the page.

2) Write about a conversation that had an impact on your life. Show the scene where the conversation happened, and try to reconstruct parts of the dialogue word-for-word on the page so that readers can "hear" it first-hand.

3) Look at a photograph of your family. What memories does it bring back? Focus on one of the memories, trying to recall sounds, smells, and other sensations, as well as what things looked like. Then write about it, recreating the scene for the reader.

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