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Memoir Notes // Ms.

Dawson

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Exploring the Self through Memoir


Memoir isnt the summary of a life; its a window into a life, very much like a photograph in its
selective composition. It may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. Its
not; its a deliberate construction.
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William Zinsser, i
n
On Writing Well
(2006; 30th Anniversary Edition)

What is a memoir?
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What is the difference between a memoir and an autobiography?
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Memoirs focus on significant:

The 5 Elements of a Memoir


Element
Truth
Theme
Voice
Point of View
M&Ms (Memory & Musings)

Explanation

Memoir Notes // Ms. Dawson

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