Memory into Memoir
208 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paperback
Release Date:01 Oct 2021
ISBN:9780826363114
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Memory into Memoir

A Writer's Handbook

University of New Mexico Press

The memoir is not the story of what you know, it's the story of how you learned it.

Memory into Memoir
provides a lively guide for anyone looking to wrestle the unruly past onto the page. In thirteen chapters, Laura Kalpakian provides tools to develop narrative form, scenic depiction, character development, and dialogue. There are chapters devoted to excavating the Family Story and the slippery Truth, especially when telling stories not solely your own. Kalpakian explores the use of letters, diaries, and photographs, and she offers tips for research, publishing choices, and the uses of music. With a broad exploration of technique and development, and a range of reference, Memory into Memoir includes examples, extensive resources, and animating prompts. The seasoned writer, the aspiring writer, and the reluctant writer looking for a knowledgeable, encouraging companion will find Memory into Memoir the go-to guide for a successful, fulfilling writing experience.

This handbook on how to write memoir is more than clear and friendly, it is positively illuminating. . . . Anyone beginning a memoir--or floundering about in the middle or even toward the end--will thank their lucky stars to get Laura Kalpakian's guide in their hands.'--Priscilla Long, author of The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life
Laura Kalpakian is the author of thirteen novels and four collections of short fiction. Kalpakian is the winner of an NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, the Anahid Award for an American writer of Armenian descent, the PEN West Award, and the Stand International Short Fiction Competition. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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