The Gift of Memoir: Show Up, Open Up, Write

January 6, 2015|
The Gift of Memoir: Show Up, Open Up, Write by Diane Taylor
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The Gift of Memoir is a wonderful guide for Memoir Writing. I especially appreciate how Taylor examines the memoirs of historic, well-known or highly-controversial people for examples of good craft and content, and to illustrate the many quirks and magnificence of the human journey." -Pegi Eyers, author of Ancient Spirit Rising

"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 columnist and author of Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America

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. She shares moving stories from her own adventurous life. Her short chapters, full of practical advice and inspiring examples, cover such topics as:
  • Establishing a writing ritual
  • Why write memoir?
  • Joining a writing community for diversity and connection
  • Telling the truth when you aren't sure
  • Journaling to unlock the soul
  • How to approach traumatic events
  • Four strategies to retrieve memories
  • The ingredients of a good anecdote
  • The several senses, not just five, for vivid writing
  • How to choose a form that fits your writing
  • The revision process
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 memo...
Title:The Gift of Memoir: Show Up, Open Up, WriteFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:236 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:236 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.5 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:BPS BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1772360058

ISBN - 13:9781772360059

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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