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Comm. 100W Memoir Slides - MEMOIRS From the book"Writing...

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MEMOIRS From the book, “Writing Today” by Richard Johnson-Sheehan and Charles Paine
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MEMOIRS The words memoir and memory come from the same root word. However, good memoirs explore and reflect on a central theme or question. They invite readers to explore and reflect with the narrator to try to unravel the deeper significance of the recounted events.
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MEMOIRS Introduction: Sets the scene Description of a complication Evaluation of the complication Resolution of the complication Conclusion: What the writer learned
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MEMOIR OVERVIEW An engaging title : hints at the overall meaning or “theme.” An introduction with a “lead ”: captures the reader’s interest or sets a scene. A complication : a tension or conflict that must be resolved in some way by the end of the story. This tension or conflict can be between people’s values, beliefs, desires, or needs. It could be a conflict within the author as he or she moves from one life stage to another or discovers something previously unknown. Or it could be something new, challenging, discomforting, or frightening. A plot : draws the reader forward as the memoir moves through a series of scenes or stages. Intimacy between the narrator and the reader : allowing the writer to speak with readers in a personal on-on-one way. Rich and vivid details : are not announced or answered explicitly, but that the narrator explores and reflects on with the reader.
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MEMOIR OVERVIEW A central theme or question: is rarely announced or answered explicitly, but that the narrator explores and reflects on with the reader. A new understanding or revelation: presents a moment of growth, transformation, or clarity in the writer.
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INVENTING MEMOIR’S CONTENT Find an interesting topic Experiences that were challenging, scary, fun, etc. Think about times when something important happened to you, helping you make a discovery about yourself or someone else.
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