WRITE FROM THE INSIDE OUT
I believe in the power of telling our personal and family stories. These are our hero's 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 for my soul. I could not get enough of them, and her gift to me was that she was a voluble, entertaining 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 (and it is still in print) Turning Memories Into Memoirs / A Handbook for Writing Lifestories; in 1996, The Photo Scribe / How to Tell the Stories Behind Your Photos; in 2009, The Consumer's Guide to Ghostwriting, in 2013, a memoir—We Were Not Spoiled. E-publication includes 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.
My Memoir Network offers Memoir Professional Packages for individuals wishing to do what we call memoir work in their communities. [http://thememoirnetwork.com/memoir-professional-packages/] 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. These are the best memoir-writing books available anywhere at any price.
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.
Keep writing and stay in the memoir conversation.
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Where to buy in print
The Nice-Nice Club Holds Its Last Meeting
In this short, tightly-written memoir, a family of adult siblings disintegrates when the aging mother who invested in holding the family together is no longer able to do so. In The Nice-Nice Club Holds Its Last Meeting, the family's "we love one another" façade which had “worked” for a long time crumbles, showing inner workings that were badly in need of fixing.
Memoir Writing Maps
Want to write better memoir?
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.
How to Add Stories to Your Photo Albums
How to Add Stories to Your Photo Albums/ Photo Scribe Your Scrapbooks gives a quick introduction to making sure pictures saved in scrapbooks tell more of the story of one's life. Tips and techniques included in this book help take photo albums beyond what is visible in the images.
Don't Let Writer's Block Stop You
WHO FACES WRITER'S BLOCK?
At one time or other, every writer faces "writer's block." For some, this will doom them to a tedious halt. It may even bring a deadly blow to the manuscript. For others, writer's block is temporary and they push through, producing a manuscript that's better than the one they had originally conceived. In this book, you'll learn techniques and practices to get going again.
Your Memoir: Getting Started, Keeping Going
Your Memoir: Get Started is full of proven ideas and approaches to successfully move you from wanting to write to producing the finished family stories or memoirs you know will be a treasured legacy for your children and grandchildren.
Jumpstart Your Memoir Business Success
Jumpstart Your Memoir Business helps Memoir Professionals—people who teach, coach, edit, ghostwrite memoirs—to establish sound business practices so that they will be able to continue in this important work while reaping the financial and emotional rewards it offers.
Denis Ledoux's extensive experience with memoir work is featured throughout this book. A must-read for Memoir Professionals.
A Consumer’s Guide to Ghostwriting Services
You don't have to be a writer to create an interesting and meaningful memoir. Within A Consumer’s Guide to Ghostwriting Services, you will learn all about working with a ghostwriter or co-writer.
The Memory List Question Book
The Memory List Question Book is chock full of questions. It includes some of the most useful questions you can ask yourself as you write about your own life or your subject's life. This book will direct you to recover information that will make your lifestories accurate and vivid.
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