Naturally, we recommend our book, Memoir Magic, as your primary resource for writing your story. But there are other helpful resources, as well. These are some of our favorites.
Excellent book about how the stories we tell ourselves make up who we are:
The Stories We Live By – Personal Myths and the Making of the Self. Dan P. McAdams (1993). Guilford Press. https://amzn.com/1572301880
Superb book about writing, mixed with his memoir.
On Writing – 10th Anniversary Edition – A Memoir of the Craft. Stephen King (2010). Scribner.
A charming memoir with writing tips:
Bird by Bird – Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anne Lamott (1995). Anchor Publisher.
Memoir by a Memoir Magic friend about surviving marriage to a rock-and-roll star at age 13:
The Spark that Survived. Myra Lewis Williams and Linda Hughes (2016). Deeds Publishing. https://amzn.com/1944193162
Memoir by an attendee of our very first workshop in 2015!
Captain Energy – A True Story. Bruce Leonard (2016). Deeds Publishing. http://a.co/d/awjJ34w
Video about how to tell a good story:
Engage through Story. Nancy Duarte. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY3u6QuZXEs&feature=related
Great video about keeping personal history alive:
Curating Humanity’s Heritage. Elizabeth Lindsey. http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_lindsey_curating_humanity_s_heritage
Jog your memory with music:
Billboard Music Charts. http://www.billboard.com/charts
Jog your memory with movies:
All-Time Box Office Hits. http://www.filmsite.org/boxoffice2.html
Jog your memory with fads:
The Most Popular Fads from Decades Past. http://www.crazyfads.com/
Fascinating work on genealogy and DNA testing:
National Geographic Genographic Project. https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/
Research on ancestry and DNA testing:
More DNA testing:
23 and Me. https://www.23andme.com