Maybe you just finished the first draft of your memoir. Maybe you’re fighting through the murky middle. Or maybe you’ve yet to pick up a pen. No matter where you’re at, our 2019 memoir guide is here to help.
Inside you’ll find:
- A toolbox for finding the heart of your memoir (and where on earth to start it)
- A guide for including empathy – for characters, for your reader, and for you – in your memoir
- Thoughts on having your family read your memoir for the first time
- Tips for older memoirists who want to tell their life story
- Books for memoirists
And much, much more! Take a peek at our stories below and then be sure to find a copy at your local newsstand this month.
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What I wish I’d knownBy Bonnie Hearn Hill
Read the first-place winner of our 2019 essay contest.
Ready, set, quoteBy Bill Glose
Wow your subjects – and your editors – by nailing the three stages of an interview.
Knowing when to pull the plugBy Jack Smith
No draft is perfect, but some projects seem more problematic than others…and others still seem doomed for the recycle bin. Essayists, memoirists, novelists, and short story writers share tips on finishing and publishing difficult manuscripts.
Empathy in every directionBy Ana Maria Spagna
A successful memoir hinges on empathy – for your characters, yes, but also for yourself. Here’s how to convey it in the page.
Flesh and blood and inkBy Jen A. Miller
What happens when your family reads your memoir for the first time?
No one wants to hear your whole life storyBy Sarah Van Arsdale
Just because your life started in childhood doesn’t mean your memoir should.
A life's worth of experiencesBy Dani Burlison
As an older adult, you have a wealth of wisdom and memories to share with the world – but sometimes fear can get in the way of putting yourself on the page. These tried-and-true tips will help you get started.
1,000 wordsBy Yi Shun Lai
Sometimes, good writing is about the pictures.
The work will get done. There’s no choice.By Pete Croatto
The reality of freelance writing presented in one day.
How to craft an anthology proposalBy Kelly Jensen
Creating a thoughtful, structured proposal won’t just make your collection easier to sell – it’ll also serve as a roadmap to the finished product.