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Dear Mr. Wayne Groner,

Iam a student of Thomas Jefferso High School and
I just wanted to ask you, because I clearly have no
idea of how to write a memoir. It is suppose to be
About my name and birthday, but Iam so confused.
Can you please help me??

Thank you very much....:)

Thanks for your question, Darlene.

A memoir is about your memories, perceptions, feelings, and changes over a limited period of time. The time can be childhood, teenage years, young adulthood, military service, travel, professional career, and so forth.

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Your librarian should be able to direct you to some how-to books. Two books I found helpful are The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing: How to Transform Memories Into Meaningful Stories, Sharon M. Lippincott (Lighthouse Point Press, 2009), and Legacy: A Step-by-step Guide to Writing Personal History, Linda Spence (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1997).

Best wishes for a successful project.

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Wayne Groner


I can answer questions on all aspects of writing memoirs, biographies, family histories, and corporate histories including handling sensitive issues, interviewing, editing, self-publishing, and setting up a business as a memoir writer.


I have more than twenty-five years of experience as a radio and television news reporter, author, freelance writer, and workshop presenter. I present classes to nonprofits and professional groups, "How to Write Your Memoir or Life Story." I'm author of four nonfiction books. My latest book is A Guide to Writing Your Memoir or Life Story: Tools, Tips, Methods and Examples, available in paperback and eBook at Amazon. I'm past president of Springfield Writers' Guild (Missouri). My articles and book reviews on a variety of topics have been published in national magazines and on the Web. I was a senior-level college administrator for twenty-seven years, including nine years as a vice president, during which I wrote newsletters, brochures, magazine articles, and published and edited an alumni magazine.

Missouri Center for the Book, Springfield Writers' Guild, Greene County Historical Society, Christian County Historical Society.

Books: Witnesses of Hope, Faith, Love and Healing; Dumb Luck or Divine Guidance; The Pastor's Guide to Fund-raising Success; Levell-Drew Family History. National magazines including CASE Currents, Congregations, Ozarks Mountaineer, Your Community Hospice, Power and Light series of Sunday-school curriculum for adult learners.

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