Penelope Lively gave a class on writing what you remember at Somerset House.
- A memoir is concerned with memory. Think about how memory works? Is it linear, chronological? Or not? Let your memoir writing reflect the workings of memory itself.
- Does the accuracy of memory matter above all? Or is the significance that you have a form of it – whether or not it would stand up in a court of law.
- We all embellish memory, do a bit of reconstruction. The best memoir writing can read like fiction, even if it is not that. Look at the story element – foster that.
- Try polishing a memory. Place it in context; what else do you know about that time, or place, or person?
|Vladimir Nabokov||Speak, Memory|
|Leo Tolstoy||Childhood, Boyhood, Youth|
|Janice Galloway||This Is Not About Me|
|Alan Johnson||This Boy|
|Hilary Mantel||Giving Up The Ghost|