The Gift of Memoir: Show Up, Open Up, Write

Diane Taylor

The Gift of Memoir is Diane Taylor's gift to writers of every kind, but especially those with a personal or family story to tell. In words that are themselves a stellar example of literary craftsmanship, Taylor shows writers how to show up, open up, and write. Her short chapters, full of practical advice and inspiring examples, cover such topics as: 

  • The all-importance of reading to writing
  • Establishing a writing ritual
  • Why write memoir?
  • The importance of joining a writing community
  • Telling the truth when you aren't sure
  • Journaling as a kind of personal writing workshop
  • Four strategies to retrieve memories
  • How to use anecdotes and establish themes
  • How to write through the five senses
  • How to choose a form that fits your writing
  • The revision process

Every writer can benefit from reading Diane Taylor's wonderfully clear, down-to-earth, practical, and inspiring book. But for the memoirist, in particular, Taylor's expertise is invaluable.
PHILIP MARCHANDNational Post books columnist and author of Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America

The Gift of Memoir will lift you from desire, doubt, and inclination to exploration, discovery, and triumph. A bountiful gift for the hearts and minds of aspiring memoirists.
DAVID H. HUGHES, author and ghostwriter of thirteen books

An accessible, engaging read, abounding in useful tips and best practices for memoir (and other) writers. 
CYNTHIA REYES, author of A Good Home: A Memoir and award-winning journalist and broadcaster

What's that saying? 'Plant a tree, raise a child, write a book.' Anyone contemplating that last task would do well to start with this fine book by Diane Taylor. 
LAWRENCE SCANLAN, author of twenty books, including A Year of Living Generously and Wild About Horses