Memoir Characteristics

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Memoir Characteristics

  1. 1. MEMOIRS What is memoir style writing?
  2. 2. Writer Ralph Fletcher on Memoirs…    Memoir allows us to revisit things that happened to us before; it allows us to gain perspective on the things that happened in the past. Memoirs are saying who I am and who I was at a particular time in my life. Memoirs can bring people ‘in’ if they’re written well.
  3. 3. Characteristics of a memoir #1 The piece is always reflective—looking back into our past 
  4. 4. Characteristics of a memoir #2 In-Depth look at a specific incident from your life.  Exploring one theme 
  5. 5. Characteristics of a memoir #3  Non-Fiction— how you recall your own life; not necessarily how someone else views the same event  A memoir is not an autobiography. It is a story about one important event in the
  6. 6. Characteristics of a memoir #4 A new understanding or insight is gained; a lesson is learned, relearned or reinforced 
  7. 7. Characteristics of a memoir #5 Told in past tense, since it is a reflection  Can include dialogue
  8. 8. Characteristics of a memoir #6  Written in st 1 person
  9. 9. Characteristics of a memoir #7 Conversational voice…the reader of the memoir feels spoken to. Includes good establishment of a tone 
  10. 10. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Reflective In-depth look at an incident/series New understanding/insight Non-fiction Usually told in past tense Written in 1st person Conversational tone

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