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A new approach to family and personal memoirs that includes many creative formats. Memoir Your Way inspires family storykeepers to create a memoir using a craft you already know or are inspired to learn to create a personal, polished memoir your family will treasure. Accessible and with broad appeal, this first-of-its-kind book extends the written memoir form to cookbooks, A new approach to family and personal memoirs that includes many creative formats. Memoir Your Way inspires family storykeepers to create a memoir using a craft you already know or are inspired to learn to create a personal, polished memoir your family will treasure. Accessible and with broad appeal, this first-of-its-kind book extends the written memoir form to cookbooks, scrapbooks, quilts, and other forms of storytelling. Readers of Memoir Your Way will find out how to: Create your own family cookbook like a pro Design, stitch, and create stunning quilts that preserve family memories for the next generation and create a cherished gift Bring out the natural storyteller in children while building self-confidence and a sense of family Write engaging family stories with proven writing tips Enrich scrapbooks with stories that might otherwise be overlooked and techniques that showcase even the memories that weren't preserved in photographs Turn your story into a graphic novel with hand-drawn illustrations Become the bridge for your heritage between the old world and the new Memoir Your Way makes memoir accessible to everyone, including those who don't see themselves as writers. Memoir Your Way is a valuable sourcebook for quickly and easily creating memoirs that celebrate family stories and ancestry.


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A new approach to family and personal memoirs that includes many creative formats. Memoir Your Way inspires family storykeepers to create a memoir using a craft you already know or are inspired to learn to create a personal, polished memoir your family will treasure. Accessible and with broad appeal, this first-of-its-kind book extends the written memoir form to cookbooks, A new approach to family and personal memoirs that includes many creative formats. Memoir Your Way inspires family storykeepers to create a memoir using a craft you already know or are inspired to learn to create a personal, polished memoir your family will treasure. Accessible and with broad appeal, this first-of-its-kind book extends the written memoir form to cookbooks, scrapbooks, quilts, and other forms of storytelling. Readers of Memoir Your Way will find out how to: Create your own family cookbook like a pro Design, stitch, and create stunning quilts that preserve family memories for the next generation and create a cherished gift Bring out the natural storyteller in children while building self-confidence and a sense of family Write engaging family stories with proven writing tips Enrich scrapbooks with stories that might otherwise be overlooked and techniques that showcase even the memories that weren't preserved in photographs Turn your story into a graphic novel with hand-drawn illustrations Become the bridge for your heritage between the old world and the new Memoir Your Way makes memoir accessible to everyone, including those who don't see themselves as writers. Memoir Your Way is a valuable sourcebook for quickly and easily creating memoirs that celebrate family stories and ancestry.

51 review for Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More

  1. 5 out of 5

    Angela Mackintosh

    I’ve been tossing around the idea of writing a memoir for a few years. I have several book ideas based on time periods of my life; but when I sit down to map one out, it’s intimidating. I write creative nonfiction essays where I’m able to write an essay in one sitting, revise it, and be done with it. Writing a mostly chronological story for the span of 85,000 words is overwhelming to me. If you’re anything like me, someone who is interested in telling her stories and recording her family history I’ve been tossing around the idea of writing a memoir for a few years. I have several book ideas based on time periods of my life; but when I sit down to map one out, it’s intimidating. I write creative nonfiction essays where I’m able to write an essay in one sitting, revise it, and be done with it. Writing a mostly chronological story for the span of 85,000 words is overwhelming to me. If you’re anything like me, someone who is interested in telling her stories and recording her family history but wants to explore other options besides writing an entire memoir, Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story Through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More is for you. This full-color, glossy coffee-table book not only explores different forms of memoir but also contains some of the best memoir writing advice I’ve ever read in a condensed format. Chapter 2: Five Simple Steps to Telling a True Story by Joanne Lozar Glenn is my favorite chapter because her memoir writing advice is specific and inspiring. It dissolved all the overwhelming feelings I previously had about writing a memoir. “Once you start creating your memoir, what do you do with all the memories that come flooding in? The answer is be selective, and tell the truest story you can.” Joanne tells you to choose a moment, keeping the focus small, and then walks you through the steps of crafting that moment step-by-step. You see the progression of her work from one sentence to writing it into a scene, revising it, and finally shaping it like Play-Doh into the perfect format. She also answers common questions about how to deal with holes in memory, how to incorporate facts, deal with dialogue, questions about family secrets, and more. Another favorite is Chapter 3: Around the Table: Food and Cookbook Memoirs by Dianne Hennessy King, public TV producer, cookbook editor, and cultural anthropologist. Dianne shows you how to create a food memoir as a cookbook, an essay, a cooking video, a CD, a quilt, an oral history, and a blog. The part that gave me several aha moments was where she poses questions to trigger your food memories. “Can you remember a ‘first time’ for tasting a specific food or dish that seemed exotic or strange to you?” When I read this question and its examples, I immediately thought back to when I was five-years-old sitting cross-legged on a tatami floor in Okinawa eating grilled sea snails. I hadn’t remembered that until I read this book! If you’d rather make something than write something, Chapter 4: Reinvent Your Scrapbook by Katherine Nutt provides a new twist on a traditional scrapbook that combines visual appeal with storytelling. In one section she suggests scrapbooking an emotional memory for healing. I’ve been looking for a way to write about my late cat, but I never thought about creating a scrapbook to commemorate her until I read this book. Chapter 5: Create Your Graphic Novel by Natasha Peterson provides you with the basic elements you need to create your graphic memoir. And she writes it in comic form! The thing she said that stuck with me the most is that there are no rules. Combining your memories with illustrations is a powerful and captivating way to tell a story. The idea of making a quilt as a family heirloom has always fascinated me. In Chapter 6: Memory Quilts: A Way to Celebrate Lives, Linda Pool shares ideas for story quilts like celebrations, weddings, pets, hobbies, a college quilt, a sports quilt, travels, and more. Imagine making a quilt out of pockets or dad’s favorite shirts, or even including report cards or old love letters. This is the longest chapter in the book and has practical tips for layouts, printing photos, transferring handwritten words, and so much more. I can’t think of a better gift! If you are a parent or teacher or auntie or mentor to a child, Chapter 7: Nurturing the Young Storyteller by Nadine Majette James explores memoirs from a younger writer’s point of view, as well as how crafting a memoir can preserve childhood’s most precious times. I appreciated the sample projects and activities as well as the questions appropriate for young interviewers. These types of projects are so important to preserve history and can help kids build skills and self-esteem. There is also a chapter on researching your heritage—where to start, where to look, genealogy, and what questions to ask. And finally, another one of my favorite sections is “Appendix A: Getting Over Your Fear of Writing” by Joanne Lozar Glenn. She shares a number of writing prompts including lists, maps, objects, and photographs to get your pen moving. Writing a memoir does not have to be tedious or overwhelming. Memoir Your Way is a breath of fresh air for writers. It explores the art of memoir in many different formats and gives you the tools to jump right in. Each format has examples, resources, and takeaway. It makes memoir fun. “Don’t worry about whether it would win an award. Its value lies in creating it in the first place.” I don’t need to stress out about writing a formal memoir. Instead, I’ll focus on creating. The book is written in a friendly tone, and packed with aha moments. It would make a great gift for the crafty person in your life. I can’t recommend it enough.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jan Polep

    Some jazzy ideas in this "how-to tell family history stories" in untraditional ways. Example: for a food memoir- write a food blog or quilt a food memoir. For scrapbooks, use fold-outs, flaps, pull-outs, and pockets. Also some great ideas to get young people into storytelling. Too much to tell you here. Check it out. Some jazzy ideas in this "how-to tell family history stories" in untraditional ways. Example: for a food memoir- write a food blog or quilt a food memoir. For scrapbooks, use fold-outs, flaps, pull-outs, and pockets. Also some great ideas to get young people into storytelling. Too much to tell you here. Check it out.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book is a treasure trove of information, inspiration, and encouragement for anyone who wants to capture family stories, family history, or personal experience but doesn’t know where to begin. The authors show us that we can begin where we are, and there’s no one right way (although there are some general guidelines for success) to do memoir. There are chapters here on cookbook memoirs, scrapbook and quilt memoirs, graphic novel memoirs, and more. There’s a really good resource section at th This book is a treasure trove of information, inspiration, and encouragement for anyone who wants to capture family stories, family history, or personal experience but doesn’t know where to begin. The authors show us that we can begin where we are, and there’s no one right way (although there are some general guidelines for success) to do memoir. There are chapters here on cookbook memoirs, scrapbook and quilt memoirs, graphic novel memoirs, and more. There’s a really good resource section at the back as well. And if you want to get children started telling stories, there’s a wonderful chapter on nurturing young storytellers. Highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marcella

    For me the best parts of this book were the sections on taking your story and telling it in a non-traditional way. This author had numerous examples of turning family history or mementos into objects that tell a story, like a graphic novel or a quilt. This can be particularly useful in giving oneself permission to be creative in the way you honor your family or your own personal history. This book has practical beginner tips on putting together your memoirs in a form that will fit the audience y For me the best parts of this book were the sections on taking your story and telling it in a non-traditional way. This author had numerous examples of turning family history or mementos into objects that tell a story, like a graphic novel or a quilt. This can be particularly useful in giving oneself permission to be creative in the way you honor your family or your own personal history. This book has practical beginner tips on putting together your memoirs in a form that will fit the audience you have in mind.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dina Honour

    I loved the entire idea behind this collective--the notion that memory, and the telling of stories, can be done non-traditionally. I've enjoyed coming back to chapters in the book when I've found myself stuck or blocked, and plan on using several methods included to interest the students I tutor. We all have stories to tell, it's not how we tell them that's important, it's finding a way to make them heard. I loved the entire idea behind this collective--the notion that memory, and the telling of stories, can be done non-traditionally. I've enjoyed coming back to chapters in the book when I've found myself stuck or blocked, and plan on using several methods included to interest the students I tutor. We all have stories to tell, it's not how we tell them that's important, it's finding a way to make them heard.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This is a great book if you are just getting started thinking about creating a memoir, but don't know where to start. I've been writing and scrapbooking for a long time, so for me, this is more of a "scratching the surface" of each topic and not really getting int the meat of any of it. I was kind of hoping to dig into scrapbooking old family photos a little more deeply than we did. This is a great book if you are just getting started thinking about creating a memoir, but don't know where to start. I've been writing and scrapbooking for a long time, so for me, this is more of a "scratching the surface" of each topic and not really getting int the meat of any of it. I was kind of hoping to dig into scrapbooking old family photos a little more deeply than we did.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brian Borgford

    Useful with good tips. Because it covers a lot of different methods of creating memoirs, it is not something that you can necessarily use in its entirety. I found some of the chapters interesting, but not applicable to me. It would be best enjoyed by someone seriously considering creating a memoir soon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura Clancy

    Excellent story to expand your thinking of how to share your memoirs beyond the typical approach of writing a book. Be encouraged to allow your own strengths and interest guide the platform for our memoirs.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Strang

    Memoir Your Way does a very nice job of presenting creative options for capturing a life story. As a writer, I especially liked the how-tos on storytelling and the tips for overcoming common stumbling blocks in memoir writing. The chapter on cookbook memoirs got me thinking about my family’s favorite recipes in a whole different light. I imagine it wasn’t easy for the six authors to coordinate their work, yet they succeeded in interweaving their individually written chapters seamlessly. This att Memoir Your Way does a very nice job of presenting creative options for capturing a life story. As a writer, I especially liked the how-tos on storytelling and the tips for overcoming common stumbling blocks in memoir writing. The chapter on cookbook memoirs got me thinking about my family’s favorite recipes in a whole different light. I imagine it wasn’t easy for the six authors to coordinate their work, yet they succeeded in interweaving their individually written chapters seamlessly. This attractive, well-written book would be a wonderful gift for personal history buffs, genealogists, writers, cooks and crafters, among others.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    What a great idea for a book. Do you, or anyone you know, ever think - gee, I'd like to tell my story but not sure how? This book not only tells you how to write a memoir, but also how to tell your story through quilting, graphic novels, cookbooks and more. It is a great stepping off point for exploring various ways to tell your tale. Thinking it would make a great Christmas gift for grandma, or mom and dad. There's even a chapter on helping kids tell their stories. What a great idea for a book. Do you, or anyone you know, ever think - gee, I'd like to tell my story but not sure how? This book not only tells you how to write a memoir, but also how to tell your story through quilting, graphic novels, cookbooks and more. It is a great stepping off point for exploring various ways to tell your tale. Thinking it would make a great Christmas gift for grandma, or mom and dad. There's even a chapter on helping kids tell their stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

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    Lauren Tomlinson

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