Writing Memoir Together: A Roundtable Approach Kindle Edition
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The book will take a writer at any level through the process of discovering and expressing his or her experience. It also stresses the value of working as part of a group, with pointers for critiques and responses.
This book will make you a better writer. It will also make you a more enthusiastic, appreciative reader of memoir.
But a lot of us want to leave something behind that defines us and illustrates the reason why we are on this earth. Joan Tornow's handbook facilitates this process and gives it structure. She recommends doing this with a group, because members can inspire each other, but for those who prefer to write alone, this serves as a good tool as well.
She guides us through our lives a decade at a time, and suggests triggers that help to recall certain events - whether it is a certain odor, a childhood game, or a character trait each of us might have had at a particular time. She includes anecdotal writings of people in her groups or famous authors, to illustrate the art of story-telling and dialog.
It's possible to use this book to write about something plucked out of the middle of life, which later can be woven into an organized, chronological memoir. I'm so inspired by this! Writing Memoir Together has become a guide for me.