What is a 'memoir'?
A memoir is not the same as an autobiography. It's not a chronological account of one's lifetime. A memoir is story-shaped and the author selects material from experience suited to its story purpose. A memoir is carefully composed to be as page-turning as any work of fiction and derives its wit and energy from its purpose which is to give a first person account of a particular individual experience of interest to readers. The Novelry helps writers become published authors by making sure they understand how story works.
You’ll enjoy the original, practical guidance from an acclaimed author and memoirist via video and text lessons. Lean on the step-by-step guidance to compose your own successful memoir.
Prize-winning author Tim Lott will show you how to write a skilful and affecting memoir in 15 lessons. Tim Lott is the author of the Penguin Modern Classic 'The Scent of Dried Roses' a memoir which won the prestigious PEN/Ackerley Prize. (His second book, the novel, White City Blue won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel.)
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“The Memoir course is fantastic!” Claire Collis, UK.
Am I Writing a Memoir or a Novel?
Good question! It's not always as clear cut as it seems. If you're presenting a highly-unique and interesting (unusual and life-changing) experience which you yourself have had, then it's probably best to go with Memoir. You can present something that may be challenging or even educational for others with credibility and authenticity.
If you're writing about a series of experiences, over the course of your lifetime, you should be writing autobiography but if you'e not in the public eye, the honest truth is it's unlikely to find a publisher.
If you'd like to incorporate a few events you've experienced, which are not particularly life-changing, but you'd like to use them as material for a story about someone else, then it sounds like it's a novel.
What's important, however is that when writing a novel, we are telling someone else's story. Sure, we novelists use our experiences, but it's not about us. If it is, the novel rarely succeeds. If you'd like to write a story about someone else, imagined by yourself, go for our Ninety Day Novel courses.
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