Memoir Writing Maps

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Memoir Writing Maps shows you proven ways to access pertinent, detailed memories that make for vivid, interesting lifestories. The book is full of tested strategies to explore memories that add meaning to a story (and its characters) so that your tale comes alive. "Maps" is especially useful for a writer who claims to be blocked or unable to remember. Great value. More

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About Denis Ledoux

WRITE FROM THE INSIDE OUT

I believe in the power of telling our personal and family stories. These are our heroes' journeys and by telling them we honor ourselves and the people we have come from. An important early task for the writer is go inside and find the story that is worth telling. The story is not about "nice" words; it is about honest words, visceral words.

LIFESTORIES FEED US

Stories have always played an important role in my life. I grew up in a three-generation home with paternal grandparents who lived upstairs. I heard tales of my extended family and their history recounted by the family storyteller, my grandmother Ledoux. These stories were a food to my soul. I could not get enough of them and her gift to me was that she was a voluble storyteller.

I began writing as a short-story writer, drawing on family characters, settings, and stories for my fiction. In 1989, I won the Maine Fiction Award for Mountain Dance & Other Stories. My other titles include What Became of Them and Other Stories from Franco-America (1988), and Lives in Translation: An Anthology of Contemporary Franco-American Writings (which I edited in 1990). In 1992, I published (in print) Turning Memories Into Memoirs; in 1996, The Photo Scribe; in 2009, The Consumer's Guide to Ghostwriting, in 2013, a memoir—We Were Not Spoiled. E-publication include the books listed here in Smashwords as well as others.

MAKING THE LEAP TO BECOMING A MEMOIR PROFESSIONAL

It was a natural leap from my own family stories to helping others to record their stories in well-written accounts that apply all the techniques of fiction writing to autobiography, family reminiscence, and scrapbooking.

In 1996, I was honored as Lifewriting Professional of the Year by the Association of Personal Historians.

THE MEMOIR NETWORK

Today, I continue to work as a writer, educator, teacher, autobiography co-author, memoir-writing coach, editor and publisher. I direct The Memoir Network, an international group of lifestory writing teachers who use my method and materials to lead the popular Turning Memories® and Photo Scribe® workshops and programs. Please inquire if you are interested in becoming a Memoir Professional

BUILD YOUR MEMOIR-WRITING LIBRARY

You will find a number of my memoir-writing e-books on Smashwords. Begin to purchase them now so as to develop your memoir-writing library.

BEYOND THE BOOKS

If you need more than these great books, give me call at 207-353-5454 for a free consultation to determine whether coaching, editing, or ghostwriting is a good fit for you.

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Reviews

Review by: Libby Frie on April 18, 2013 :
I'd suppose this book is partnered with the Memory List Question Book. It seems to take that first book to the next step. I guess there is only so much you can do in one little book so Ledoux had to write this one. Yet, when you get the Memory List book, it seems like so many questions. This book helps you do something with all the answers. It really helped me to move ahead.
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Review by: Marjorie Turner Hollman on April 18, 2013 :
I give this five stars (and no, I'm not Denis's mother.)
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Review by: Marjorie Turner Hollman on April 18, 2013 : (no rating)
What a great resource, whether you're helping others write their stories, or thinking about what you want to write about your own. Thank you Denis. Great stuff.
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