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Middle Years English: Memoirs/Personal Narrative Writing

Middle Years English


Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Essay Writing

What is a memoir?

The OED defines memoir as  "autobiographical observations; reminiscences".

Autobiographies and memoirs are similar in that they both are written in the first person and both are personal and talk about the author's life. The difference is while autobiographies detail in chronological sequence the author's life from birth to death, memoirs are concerened with emotional truths and focus on random aspects of the author's life such as feelings or attitudes that stand out because they have had such an impact on the person's life. The line between autobiographies and memoirs is fuzzy that they are often used interchangeably.

Paragraph Help

Write your story, change history - Brad Meltzer

Lesson - Personal Narratives

Narrative Writing

Graphic Organizers for Personal Narratives

Six Traits of Narrative Writing

How to write descriptively - Nalo Hopkinson

How to make your writing funnier - Cheri Steinkellner

Tips for Writing Six Word Memoirs

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