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More memoir writing ideas


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More prompts to help get started on a memoir essay:

  • If you had 15 minutes to tell someone who you are, what would you tell them?
  • Write about a childhood family tradition. Write about your current traditions and the thoughts that you want to convey through them.
  • Write about how you felt the first time you were fired from a job or had to quit.

ENG 101 memoir writing prompts


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Here are some writing prompts to help get started writing a memoir essay:

  • Write a six-word memoir. Tell the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—in exactly six words. So give six a try—and make your words count.

From Blau, Susan, and Kathryn Burak. Writing in the Works. Boston: Wadsworth-Cengage, 2009. Print. p. 218

  • Write about a moment that you remember well. Include all of the following: weather, a gesture, dialogue, music, color, a smell. Do not exceed 250 words.
  • Choose a day from your life that you remember well, not necessarily because it was dramatic or important but because you can recall many of the details. Write a diary entry as if it were yesterday.
  • Write two different openings for a story about your first day of school or your first day on a job. Choose one of the following openings:
    • Start in the middle of the action
    • Start by describing a photograph of that day (real or imagined)
    • Start by seeing your reflection in a mirror or window
    • Start at the end
    • Start with dialogue