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MEMOIRS
What is memoir style writing?
Writer Ralph Fletcher on
Memoirs…
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Memoir allows us to revisit things that happened
to us before; it allows us to ...
Characteristics of a memoir #1

The piece is always
reflective—looking back into
our past

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Characteristics of a memoir #2

In-Depth look at a specific
incident from your life.
 Exploring one theme
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Characteristics of a memoir #3
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Non-Fiction—
how

you recall your own life; not
necessarily how someone else
views the ...
Characteristics of a memoir #4

A new understanding or
insight is gained; a lesson is
learned, relearned or
reinforced

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Characteristics of a memoir #5

Told in past tense, since it is
a reflection

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Can

include dialogue
Characteristics of a memoir #6
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Written in

st
1

person
Characteristics of a memoir #7

Conversational voice…the
reader of the memoir feels
spoken to.
Includes good
establishmen...
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Reflective
In-depth look at an
incident/series
New understanding/insight
Non-fiction
Usually told...
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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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