Studying Memoir

Daily Prompt WN #49: “Who am I?”

Answer this question as completely and fully as you can.

Write for ten minutes.

For the next two weeks, we are going to studying memoir.  By definition, a memoir is when a writer shares something personal (something they’ve experienced).  It is a snapshot – a moment or series of moments – from one’s life connected by a common thread or lesson learned.  This lesson learned through experience is then shared with the reader.

Today and tomorrow, you’re going to read some examples of published and student-written memoirs (the published ones are excerpts of longer memoirs).  This will give you a sense of the wide-range of topics one can explore through memoir.  As you read,  you will be analyzing their content and their structure.

Be prepared to discuss at your tables, and with the class, your thoughts about these memoirs.

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