What I Do to Stay in the Memoir-Writing Conversation

1. I read professional journals. Poets and Writers from cover to cover. Other people read The Writer’s Digest or The Writer. I receive the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance e-newsletter weekly. It’s a membership newsletter and comes chock full of news about what other writers are doing, readings schedules, and announcements of book publications. Do you have a favorite publication?

2. I like to read memoirs. (Surprise! What else is new?) I find that reading a memoir stimulates me to emulate.

3. I listen to a ton of MP3s on memoir writing and writing in general. The National Association of Memoir Writers offers many free downloads as well as for ones to purchase. www. NAMW.org — a must see site.

4. Rereading my manuscript also stimulates me. The same goes for reviewing my journal.

5. I go to many writing blogs. There are too many to name but Jerry Waxler’s is a fine one (memorywriters network.com/blog). So is Wayne Groner’s (www. waynegroner.blogspot.com).

6. For readers such as yourself, I hope my e-newsletter,
The Lifewriter’s Digest, helps you to stay in the conversation. Suggestions for change or additions? Please drop me a line at: denis@turningmemories.com



About Denis Ledoux

Denis Ledoux began helping people to turn their memories into memoirs in 1988. Denis was named Lifewriting Professional of the Year by the Association of Personal Historians in 1996. Today, Denis is a writer, educator, teacher, autobiography co-author, memoir-writing coach, editor and publisher. He directs The Memoir Network, an international group of memoir professionals who use his method and materials to help people write lifestories. Denis also offers writing tele-classes and leads memoir writing tele-groups.
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