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Making Your Santa List

by Memoir Mentor on November 24, 2009

I taught a seminar recently to folks who wanted to learn how to write their personal histories. Before I began I asked how many had ever read a memoir. The majority had not. I gave them my standard spiel, which I’ll repeat here: There’s no better way to learn how to write a memoir than [...]


Organizing Your Family History? Consider this Model

by Memoir Mentor on November 14, 2009

If you’re looking for different ways to organize and write a family history about ancestors long gone, here’s a review of an interesting book that may give you some ideas about how to balance historical facts and family story. _______________________________ CNBC news anchor Bill Griffeth received an email from a cousin inquiring whether he had any [...]


Thank You, Frank McCourt

by Memoir Mentor on July 21, 2009

I’ve thought a lot about Frank McCourt and his engaging memoir Angela’s Ashes since hearing of his unexpected death yesterday. McCourt published Angela’s Ashes the same year I finished the family history of my Scottish grandparents. Until writing that book I hadn’t paid much attention to the memoir genre. Frankly, I can’t remember reading a [...]

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