"The Gift of Memoir" is Diane Taylor's gift to writers of every kind, but especially those with a personal or family story to tell. In words that are themselves a stellar example of literary craftsmanship, Taylor shows writers how to show up, open up, and write. Her short chapters, full of practical advice and inspiring examples, cover such topics as:
The all-importance of reading to writingEstablishing a writing ritual Why write memoir?The importance of joining a writing communityTelling the truth when you aren't sureJournaling as a kind of personal writing workshopFour strategies to retrieve memoriesHow to use anecdotes and establish themesHow to write through the five sensesHow to choose a form that fits your writingThe revision processEDITORIAL REVIEWS
"Every writer can benefit from reading Diane Taylor's wonderfully clear, down-to-earth, practical, and inspiring book. But for the memoirist, in particular, Taylor's expertise is invaluable."
--PHILIP MARCHAND, "National Post" books columnist and author of "Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America"
""The Gift of Memoir" will lift you from desire, doubt, and inclination to exploration, discovery, and triumph. A bountiful gift for the hearts and minds of aspiring memoirists."
--DAVID H. HUGHES, author and ghostwriter of thirteen books
"An accessible, engaging read, abounding in useful tips and best practices for memoir (and other) writers."
--CYNTHIA REYES, author of "A Good Home: A Memoir" and award-winning journalist and broadcaster
"What's that saying? 'Plant a tree, raise a child, write a book.' Anyone contemplating that last task would do well to start with this fine book by Diane Taylor."
--LAWRENCE SCANLAN, author of twenty books, including "A Year of Living Generously" and "Wild About Horses"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DIANE TAYLOR is the author of the memoir "The Perfect Galley Book: Yarns, Recipes and Tips from the Heart of the Ship" and has published non-fiction stories in "Canadian Yachting," "Cruising World," "The Journal of Palliative Care," "Ontario Out of Doors," and other magazines and newspapers. She has recorded oral histories, and ghostwritten memoirs for elders. For more than fifteen years she has been giving a course in memoir writing, encouraging others to write their own stories.