How to Write Your Memoir in 30 Days provides the framework for writers enthusiastic about telling their story, but wondering how to begin. Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers’ workshops taught by the author, are presented in a welcoming, non-intimidating style. The prospect of writing a book is not daunting when compartmentalized into thirty discrete assignments: Days 1 – 5 include exercises to identify major themes. Days 6 – 10 include exercises about plot. Days 11 – 15 include exercises about personalities. Days 16 – 20 include exercises about experiences. Days 21 – 25 include exercises that analyze responses to events. Days 26 – 30 include exercises that structure the story of the memoir. The book also includes information about publishers and literary agents, as well as information and resources about self-publishing. It also includes quick “clear communication” lessons about spelling and grammar. Perfect for today’s society, where we are all accustomed to celebrating each of life’s passages with a blog post and comfortable sharing our innermost feelings, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days is a fun, easy guide to writing the next great memoir.
Roberta Temes, PhD, teaches memoir-writing classes in New York, New Jersey, and Florida, as well as online at www.memoirclassonline.com. Additionally, Dr. Roberta is an experienced psychotherapist who knows how to help people access their emotional memories and make sense out of their past. She is skilled at processing powerful feelings and knows how to transfer those feelings from the mind to the page. She is the author of many nonfiction books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis, The Tapping Cure, and the prize-winning Living With an Empty Chair.
Singing to a Bulldog would never have been written if it weren't for Dr. Robert Temes's book How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days. For years, people have been saying to me that I should write a book about my life; and for even longer, I have wanted to share with the world Willie Turner's lessons and the profound effect he had on who I became as an individual, giving me the tools for a full-bodied life. I always thought, "Someday, when I have more time, I'll write that book." Then a friend gave me a copy of Dr. Temes's book and I was inspired to start immediately. It not only gave me a detailed, step-by-step guide to write my first memoir, but also the confidence that I could do it successfully. I encourage you to make the time to tell your story.