The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life

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Grand Central Publishing, Jun 9, 2011 - Self-Help - 128 pages
The greatest story you could write is the one you experienced yourself. Knowing where to start is the hardest part, but it just got a little easier with this essential guidebook for anyone wanting to write a memoir.

Did you know that the #1 thing that baby boomers want to do in retirement is write a book--about themselves? It's not that every person has lived such a unique or dramatic life, but we inherently understand that writing a memoir--whether it's a book, blog, or just a letter to a child--is the single greatest path to self-examination.
Through the use of disarmingly frank, but wildly fun tactics that offer you simple and effective guidelines that work, you can stop treading water in writing exercises or hiding behind writer's block. Previously self-published under the title, Writing What You Know: Raelia, this book has found an enthusiastic audience that now writes with intent. While there have been other writing books, there's nothing like Marion Roach Smith's THE MEMOIR PROJECT.

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THE MEMOIR PROJECT: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life

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Smith (The Roots of Desire, 2006, etc.) helps kick-start the writing process.Everybody has a story to tell. Some people dream of putting their stories in a book while others want to blog, write ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel Hartley-smith - Goodreads

I french kissed this book over my winter break (and I liked it). It was a smooth quick read, straight-forward and practical. The examples were wonderful. Roach doesn't mess around with writing prompts ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Marion Roach Smith, co-founder of, has taught a sold-out class called "Writing What You Know" since 1998. She is the author of The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning and Sexual Power of Red Hair (Bloomsbury, 2005); co-author with Michael Baden, M.D., of Dead Reckoning (Simon and Schuster, 2001); and author of Another Name for Madness (Houghton Mifflin, Pocket Books, 1986). She is a former staff member of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Prevention, New York Daily News, Vogue, Newsday, Good Housekeeping, Discover and American Health. Marion has been a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and writes and records daily and weekly spots on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sirius 112/XM 157.

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