Friday, May 1, 2009

Topic: Writing Memoirs

10-second review: Review of the book, The Autobiographer’s Handbook: The 826 Valencia Guide to Writing Your Memoir. Ed. J Traig. Holt, 256 pages. One piece of advice about how to make an event interesting to readers.

Title: “Worthy Memoir Tips.” S Weinberg. The Writer (February 2009), 45. The Writer is a magazine by writers for writers.

Summary: Sean Wilsey, who formerly worked for The New Yorker, suggests that if you are going to write about an event in your memoir, interview as many people as possible who observed or participated in the event, offering different points of view and adding details that enrich the description of the event.

Comment: Sports writers do the same thing after a game. The writers interview different people who were part of it, deepening the experience of the game and offering as well different points of view. I think Wilsey is suggesting that interviews are an important part of memoirs. RayS.

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