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The Accidental Memoir: Making it Real by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper
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All writers strive to make their writing authentic. To make their dialogue, characters and situations real to the reader, believable. Memoir is real (while acknowledging that memory is fallible) so...

The Accidental Memoir: Structure by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper
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You’ve done the hard work. Written about people and places and cars and music and house-moves and jobs and relationships. You’ve edited the fragments. So, what’s the next step? Structure....

The Accidental Memoir: Starting Off by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper
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Your memoir has already been written. Now all you need to do is get the words down. Memoir is not like writing a novel or a film. We haven’t all...

Genre: Misery Lit, Anyone? (Part 2) by Shane Dunphy
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A further thing that gets brought up regularly when discussing misery lit is the issue of ethics – I get asked about them a lot.  Am I not breaching confidentiality...

Genre: Misery Lit, Anyone? (Part 1) by Shane Dunphy
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I was contacted by an American reader recently, who was in a state of distress.  She had posted on the Facebook page of the writer Cathy Glass.  Cathy is the...

Five Tips for Planning a Memoir by Martin Cavannagh
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Martin Cavannagh is a writer for Reedsy, a marketplace with tools that allows authors and publishers to find top editorial, design and marketing talent. Over 3,000 books have been published...

Editing Personal Diaries for Publication by Cormac K.H. O’Malley
Posted by Cormac K.H. O’Malley in , , .

There were many issues involved in publishing ‘Nobody’s Business’: The Aran Diaries of Ernie O’Malley which might be of interest to anyone who reads a published diary or who might...

Memoir and Memory: My Father’s Wake by Kevin Toolis
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‘I’ve got a book in me too.’ For a writer it must be the most depressing sentence in the English, Irish, or any language; the casual conversation with a relative...

Memoir Writing: A Book of Untruths by Miranda Doyle
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Let’s face it: memoir is a disreputable genre. It’s often miserable, sometimes ghosted, and relies upon a shaky memory to pretend its truths.  In the end the promise that we...

Co Writing Trapped In Iran: Ups and Downs by Kaylene Petersen
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The truth is, Trapped in Iran was not planned in any great detail. As professional – and impressive  ­–  as it may sound to say Samieh and I sat down...