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Bob Stumpf Shows How to Put Yourself into Your Story

by Memoir Mentor on March 1, 2010

     When you’re writing your life story, don’t forget to put yourself into it. I’m not joking here. Too often people like to describe events that occurred during their lives, but they don’t explain how they felt about those incidents and how they shaped who they are. Revealing how you feel about things means writing about […]


My spring classes have begun at Santiago Canyon College, and once again I am posting noteworthy student stories on my blog. This week’s story comes from Linda Missouri, who has attended my classes for several years. (Pictured, left, in photo). I admire this story for the creative way she reveals her mother’s character and relationship with her […]


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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