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Penning A Memoir?

One of my talented writing friends from Louisa’s Café is memoir author, Arleen Williams.
Twenty-five years ago, Gary Ridgway murdered her sister. Arleen was compelled to tell her story.
You can see an interview with Arleen about her sister, Maureen, and her book
The Thirty-Ninth Victim – a memoir HERE.
Or visit Williams’ Web site at

Writing a memoir is tricky business with so many twists and turns that can take a writer down the slippery slopes of no return.  Like many other local memoir authors, Arleen worked with Jack Remick and Robert Ray at Louisa’s Café while flushing out her complex memoir.

On Jack and Bob’s writing blog they dedicate a great deal of time, knowledge and expertise to the art of writing memoir. So if that’s what you are working on then visit their site. To begin with, check out Memoir Moments:

Excerpt:Think of the memoir as a series of frozen moments in the past that you free with your writing. The structure of the moment can be seen as a theme with variations in much the same way a jazz musician or a classical composer works theme and variations. Think of the people in your memoir as inhabitants of a secret world each on hiding behind a mask that needs to be lifted.
The problem of memory and mind is chaos. Memory doesn’t work in a straight line but seems to come from all around you. One thought or memory trains into another and pretty soon you’ve got a whole cloud of feelings surrounding you. How do you get some control of the chaos of memory?” Full article…
Good luck with your memoir. When I finish my novel, I’ll be dusting off the memoir I wrote in Ireland and giving it a go. Cheers!

One comment on “Penning A Memoir?

  1. Stephen Hayes
    January 30, 2012

    I've written a memoir called "The Kid in the Kaleidoscope; a Chubby Chatterbox Grows Up in the 60s, 70s and Beyond." So far I haven't done anything with it except post excerpts on my blog. I think I'll check out this link you've provided. Thanks.

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