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Classes and websites to get you started writing your memoirs

Patricia Charpentier the author of the multi-award winning book Eating an Elephant Write Your Life one Bite at a Time turned loss into passion when she embarked on a journey to help people give those they love the gift of a lifetime. Patricia holds classes in The Villages.

I have taken several of her classes and she has mentored me in my writing of my two memoirs Unsung Hero and Dandelion Child: A Soldier’s Daughter. I highly recommend her classes. Sign up with the Enrichment Academy. Go to her website and sign up for her newsletter to learn more about her and her company.

Marion Roach Smith has written four books and taught many people how to successfully write their stories. She uses her book “The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text on Writing & Life” as the starting place for her teaching and coaching. Every memoir needs to follow a theme she calls an argument. Marion teaches classes on memoir writing and opinion piece essays.

 I have taken all of her classes online and leaned to bring cohesion to my stories. She will help her students and suggest ways to tighten their writing. Her classes fill up fast, so go to her website and decide if she can help you with your writing.

Dennis Ledoux  and his team of accomplished editors and coaches will provide you the best memoir-writing help available to get your book written and published. Whether the team will coach, edit, or ghostwrite, or do your book production, they deliver “just in time” to get you writing at your best.

Books Available About Writing Memoirs

I’ve read these books. Each one has something of value for the memoir writer. I started with How toWrite a Novel using the Snowflake Method and enjoyed it very much. Instead of reading about writing, why not just start writing whatever comes to mind and develop your memoirs from there.

Websites of Interest to Memoirs Writers

The National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW) is a membership organization for memoir writers from all over the world. What better way to learn to write a memoir than learning from the experts in this genre? Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writer has written several prize winning memoirs like Don’t Call Me Mother. Her recent workbook Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing comes in handy for life story writers. Read her book The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story and take her tele-seminars and workshops. She co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months with Brooke Warner. I joined NAMW several years ago and keep my membership current.  Go to her website at or her blog

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My Books

Unsung Hero: A memoir/biography/ tribute to my father available on, or

Dandelion Child: A Soldier’s Daughter.
My memoir about being a daughter of a career soldier. Available on

What I will not do

I will not share your story with anyone without your permission. I will not write your story for you. I will not charge you any money for the consultation.



The story of someone else’s life.


The story of your life written by you.


A memory or a collection of memories with a theme written from personal experience.


More than one story or essay written from personal experience.


A record with discrete entries arranged by date reporting on what has
happened over the course of a day — Diarist


A detailed record of happenings or ideas the writer experiences.

Personal Essay

A narrative essay about a person, situation, or event written in a way the reader can fully experience and understand.

Oral History

A collection or study of historical information using voice recordings.

Creative Non-Fiction

A genre of literature using a narrative style to write factual stories.

Family History

Genealogist—a person who researches and studies a family’s origin and connections.


A person who studies a particular aspect of history in depth.


A person who writes for newspapers, magazines, news websites, or prepares news for broadcast — Reporters.


A person who writes a memorial or a memoir.


A person who has a remarkable and retentive memory.