Presentation on theme: "Writing the Memoir. Why write a memoir? Take sharing your life to another level Capture a moment in time with vivid detail and imagery A priceless historical."— Presentation transcript:
Why write a memoir? Take sharing your life to another level Capture a moment in time with vivid detail and imagery A priceless historical document Preserve people, events, places
What is a memoir? An autobiography or life story (usually personal or relating to family history) Combination of fiction and non fiction, because no one’s memory is perfect (and for the sake of entertainment you want to make your story compelling and interesting to readers).
Terms to know for constructing the memoir Plot- your story Structure- how you choose to arrange events Description- details that appeal to the five senses Dialogue- a speaker’s exact words Characterization- telling and showing what characters are like Point of view- the vantage point from which the story is told Voice- the writer’s unique personality
What you need to consider What elements of literature do you want to include in your memoir? Flashback? – a scene that breaks the story to let readers know of actions that happened in the past Flash forward? A scene that shows a later part of the action You do not need to write a chronological order of events
Write in first person The memoir type of narrative requires the telling of the story in first person (usually). Decide what the narrator would like the audience to learn about. Why should they read your memoir? Remember not to talk about yourself as you would with friends. Don’t use slang or jargon unless included in dialogue. Make your narrator interesting by using detail and description to paint a picture in the reader’s mind
Using Description Use imagery- descriptions that appeal to the senses; creates vivid mental picture of person, place or event Ask yourself: What year did the event take place? How old was I? Who were my friends, influences, etc.? What was the weather like? How much did gas cost when this event happened? Have a friend interview you and ask you about how you, (the narrator) would respond to hypothetical situations. Know yourself, your reactions, and your surroundings (setting).
Consider memorabilia You may want to add some personal items to your memoir: Illustrations/ Photos Samples of poetry, writing, diary Family recipes Birth certificates, awards, newspaper clippings Genealogy records; ancestral documents
Don’t worry about the details until later Having a sound plot, sequential order, images and emotions is key to the drafting process Know what you want the reader to picture and feel first Revise details, descriptions, grammar and word choice later Use a map or graphic organizer to start a draft Don’t demand perfection, you are only human, and the memoir should characterize human traits after all
Polishing your writing Your checklist: Is my writing concise? Did I use unnecessary words in descriptions? Are my ideas linked in a logical way? Do I have sound transitions? Is my writing clear? Are character and setting descriptions visible to the reader? Did I avoid giving the same information twice? Did I include sensory imagery, description, and dialogue to make the memoir interesting?
Six word memoirs Introductory video http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=143416&title =The_Six_Word_Memoirs_Film_2009&vpkey http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=143416&title =The_Six_Word_Memoirs_Film_2009&vpkey “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” – Hemingway “Not Quite What I Was Planning?” How would you tell “your story” in six words? Characterize an aspect of your life using six words or a meaningful phrase Choose your words concisely, you only have six? How to start: http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/bsndev-219582- Writing-six-word-memoir-2-a-w-Education-ppt-powerpoint/ http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/bsndev-219582- Writing-six-word-memoir-2-a-w-Education-ppt-powerpoint/